During my trip to the Dominican Republic, I had some free time to explore the country. I met several bloggers the first day at sea, including Myrah and her family from Coupon Mamacita, and they were kind enough to invite me to go see some waterfalls they would be seeing later in the trip. It sounded pretty, so I happily went along with them.
Hiking in the Jungle
We headed into the jungle about 30 minutes away from Amber Cove until we finally reached Puerto Plata Runners. When they gave us helmets and lifejackets, I was confused because I thought we would be seeing the waterfalls to take pictures and then leaving. We hiked for a good 45 minutes to the top. After taking many breaks on the way up – it’s not exactly easy to hike up a mountain in 95 degree heat with 85% humidity – we could see the top of the mountain.
Once we finally made it to the top, we were told we would actually be getting in the river to go down waterfall by waterfall! Never did I think I would be waterfall jumping in the Dominican Republic when I signed up for this trip. We slowly walked towards the first waterfall, half excited and half terrified.
There were about 10 different waterfalls on this river, and we had the choice to either jump down each one, slide down them, or walk around if we were really scared. I chose to just slide down the first one because I was too scared – while I don’t have a fear of heights, I do have a fear of jumping when I don’t know how deep it is. The water had formed perfect little “slides” out of the rocks, and after the first two we were all in awe that we were actually going down a river waterfall by waterfall in the jungles of the Dominican.
After I saw how deep the water was on each one from other people jumping, I got the courage to start jumping off the rocks into the water. It was thrilling, plus the icy water helped us all cool down from the scorching weather we’d been experiencing during the trip. By the time we were on our last few, none of us were scared anymore.
When we were done, we slowly walked back, exhausted. There was a Dominican-style barbecue with rice, beans, salad, and meat laid out for us back at the main building. We talked and laughed about our experience over cold beer, and then retreated back to the bus, very tired.
If you want an adventure and have plans to travel to the Dominican Republic, book a tour with Puerto Plata Runners. The guides were extremely informative, never pushed us past our comfort levels, and were there with cold water when we needed it. I would advise that you’re in somewhat decent physical shape, as the hike up there is pretty strenuous. However, it’s very much worth it!
*Pictures provided by Puerto Plata Runners. This post was in partnership with Puerto Plata Runners, but all opinions are my own.
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