Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type Active, Scenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Bottled water is included. Complimentary rum punch is provided after the tour and fresh local fruit upon return ing to the pier.
Recommended Dress All participants must wear sneakers that can get wet, water-shoes with heavy tread or sport-type sandals with a back-strap. Those who arrive without the proper footwear will be required to rent shoes for $2 US. Participants should wear a swimsuit under lightweight clothing. A change of clothing and a towel can be left safely on the bus, which will be locked. Women must wear water-shorts over their swimsuit and a lightweight tank top or t-shirt is also strongly recommended.
Restrictions Guests must be in excellent physical condition in order to participate as this is an active excursion that requires climbing and hiking and be confident, good swimmers. Absolutely no guests who have any type of limited mobility or heart, back, or respiratory problems may participate. Guests with recent surgery or pacemakers may not participate. Guests who use wheelchairs, canes, or walkers may not participate in this excursion. This tour cannot accommodate guests with mobility issues, or those who have difficulty walking or standing. Participants must be at least 10 years of age and proof of age is required. Parents must provide copies of passports or birth certificates for all children under 18 years old. All participants must wear a vest and helmet in order to climb, jump, and slide their way down the waterfalls. This is a protected area and guests are not to leave the trail or group at any time. Participants who do not meet these requirements should consider the Waterfall Adventure, which is a less intensive hike to the largest waterfall. If a guest or the guide(s) determine that the guest will not be able to participate in all aspects of the experience, the guest will be offered the opportunity to hike with a guide to the last fall to wait for their group OR wait at the base camp facility. Safety and the enjoyment of the experience for all guests is of utmost importance to our excursion hosts and specialty guides. You will be rejoined with your groups when they return to base camp.
Damajagua Waterfalls Adventure
Damajagua or "27 Charcos" (Charco translates as "pool" and refers to the natural swimming pools of the falls) as the locals call it, is one exhilarating eco-adventure not to be missed in the Dominican Republic. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Northern Corridor mountain range and behind the long stalks of sugar cane lays a treasure you won't find anywhere else in the world.
Your adventure begins outside the main gates of the Cruise Center where you will be welcomed and greeted by the friendly staff who will be escorting you on the tour. A narrated, countryside drive will take you to the Damajagua "base camp" located within a tropical forest. Immersed in the beautiful landscape of the "Cordillera Central" (mountain range), the "Salto de la Damajagua" and its 27 lagoons are part of the system of a protected area of the Dominican Republic. This natural monument of the Damajagua River is composed of 27 bodies of water of various sizes.
Here you will have time to use the facilities before hearing important rules and safety instructions and receiving your helmet, lifejacket, and bottle of water. Then you are on your way up-hill for approximately 30-minutes to the first waterfall. Official park guides are located at each fall, slide, or jump and climb. Although this tour does include jumps of up to 25 feet, there are ladders at some of the highest jumps where you can choose to go around.
Your return to base camp is by jumping and sliding down the different and natural waterslides created from centuries of rushing water (please note the number of slides/jumps can increase/decrease depending upon the amount of rain during a particular season). After your adventure, you will have a chance to change into dry clothing.
On your return to the cruise center you will enjoy lively, typical music as you sip on your rum punch and enjoy a snack of delicious fresh local fruit provided by your guide.