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Jima falls

A natural monument of 12 waterfalls in Bonao

The Dominican Republic has a unique nature. Beyond incredible places like Punta Cana or La Romana, there are small enclaves in the middle of the jungle that are worth visiting.

One of these virgin landscapes is the Jima falls. It is a natural spectacle of 12 waterfalls that mass tourism has not yet reached. Today we want you to know all about them and, why not, to admire them on your next visit to the Dominican Republic.

What are Jima falls?

The Jima River is responsible for naming the waterfalls. It is a river that originates in the province of Monseñor Nouel, near the Las Neblinas scientific reserve, and flows through the Dominican orography until it empties into the Camú River. The most curious thing is that the waters of this river end definitively in the bay of Samaná, where many tourists go to enjoy the excursion of humpback whale watching.

The grace of this part of the Jima River is that it meets the ravines and mountains to the north of Bonao, where the water jet forms high waterfalls.

In the middle of the tropical forest, we find up to 12 waterfalls, some reaching up to 7 meters high.

These waterfalls were declared a Natural Monument by the Dominican government in 2009, which attracted some tourists to the area. Although the Jima waterfalls have gained popularity over the years, it is still an ecotourism activity in which we can feel at peace and tranquility due to the small number of people.

The reason for the declaration was to give relevance to this aquiferous zone, one of the most important in the region of Monseñor Nouel.

Although we have told you that there are a total of 12 waterfalls, we can only access two of them: Jump I and Jump II. But don't worry, because they are the most spectacular.

Enjoy a bath in a unique natural environment

As we have already mentioned, the Jima falls are considered a Natural Monument. Thanks to this, a magnificent place has been preserved. But this not only means that we can admire it, but we can also bathe in its natural spas.

These spas are ponds with crystal clear water that have as a background the two waterfalls that can be visited. The bathing takes place in a unique natural environment, surrounded by a biodiversity that includes the best of the Dominican flora.

Tall trees guard us as we enter the natural pools that form the waterfalls. Among the varieties that we can find are figs, ceibas, ferns, ciguas and much more.

Beyond the vegetation, the Jima waterfalls are also a Natural Monument for its fauna. The best known tenants are the small amphibians and reptiles that, if all goes well, will be seen in our excursion to the place.

Another attractive reason to visit the Jima falls is bird watching. Parakeets, boobies and raccoons live in the treetops surrounding the Jima Falls.

Recommendations for visiting Jima falls

Visiting the Jima falls is a hiking adventure worth doing in the Dominican Republic. To do this, you can not forget certain items:

  • The first thing is to take with you a backpack to be able to put everything you need.
  • Don't forget comfortable shoes, as the humid climate makes the way to the waterfalls difficult. It is also a good idea to bring some booties for when you decide to go into the natural spas.
  • If you decide to go in the water, it is best to bring swimwear. Also, don't forget a change of clothes and a towel to come back dry.
  • On sunny days, it is a good idea to bring sunscreen. It is also advisable to bring a hat or cap.
  • Mosquito repellent is a must, as these small insects often populate the area.

Finally, don't forget to leave this place as beautiful as you found it, or even better. You don't want the next person who comes to visit the Jima falls to find garbage dumped near this place of unique biodiversity.

How to get to Jima falls?

The Jima falls are located in the province of Monseñor Nouel, in the center of the Dominican Republic. More precisely, this Natural Monument is located north of the city of Bonao.

Getting there is not easy on your own, so we recommend you to use a private transportation service in Punta Cana to make the tour.

We hope that on your next trip to the Dominican Republic you will want to visit this beautiful place.

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