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Jimenoa Falls

One of the highest waterfalls in the Dominican Republic

In the heart of Santo Domingo, an incessant roar hides a spectacle of water and nature that attracts the attention of thousands of tourists every year. A spectacular waterfall that defies the limits of the sky and gives those who observe it an unforgettable experience.

Can you imagine being able to witness this jewel of nature in person? Well, read on and discover the Jimenoa Falls, one of the most spectacular in the Caribbean.

Located in a protected area of high ecological value, the visit will be a real adventure. Both for the possibility of walking across one of the suspension bridges that surround the waterfall and for the experience of bathing in one of the surrounding pools.

How this site was discovered

The history of Jimenoa Falls dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. A group of British engineers were working on the construction of a hydroelectric power plant on the slopes of the Jimenoa River. The expedition knew that the project would be a challenge, but they had no idea what they would discover.

When they arrived at the site, they found a true wonder of nature. In this mountainous region of the Dominican Republic, the Jimenoa Waterfall appeared with its astonishing height and crystal clear waters. It was a remarkable find during the realization of the project.

Today, the remains of the old power plant are still preserved and form an integral part of the landscape surrounding the waterfall, reminding us of the industrial past of the area. Particularly noteworthy is the large chimney, which was not built by chance, but as a measure to combat the cold that characterizes this region during the winter months.

Today, around the waterfall there is a modern dam that generates electricity, proving that progress and nature can exist in harmony.

Thus, Jimenoa Waterfall is not only a spectacle of great beauty for visitors, but also represents a fascinating blend of human existence in the midst of nature.

Where to swim in the Jimenoa Waterfall

In addition to the main waterfall, the Jimenoa Falls offers countless areas where you can enjoy swimming and nature. You can stop to observe the landscape, discover the native flora and fauna while you refresh yourself in the lower areas of the river.

The pool that forms under the waterfall is also suitable for swimming, but not too close to the waterfall because it generates very strong currents. This space has been set aside by nature for us to observe, like someone admiring a work of art in a museum.

Why is it called Jimenoa Falls?

The origin of its name comes from the Jimenoa River, whose waters feed this beautiful waterfall. This river is an important aquatic artery that originates in Constanza and plummets from dozens of meters high, forming one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country.

The name Jimenoa comes from the Taino language, and reflects perfectly what it means, because it means "where the water runs between the rocks". A description that does justice to the spectacular nature of this place.

Recommendations and tips to visit the Jimenoa Waterfall

If you are convinced and want to discover in person the sensations that the Jimenoa Falls produces, keep in mind some tips to make the most of the excursion:

  • Be sure to bring mosquito repellent. The area is very humid, so these insects abound, as well as other similar insects. Apply a good repellent to avoid bites.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes. Sneakers or hiking boots with non-slip soles to avoid slipping while walking in the area.
  • Wear a swimsuit. Whether you plan to take a dip in the cool waters of the falls or just want to get as close as possible, a swimsuit will allow you to enjoy the experience to the fullest.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. The Caribbean climate can be quite hot, and on the mountain the sun is very intense. Cover your head with a cap or hat and apply a sunscreen with UV filter to your skin. Although the road is quite overgrown, there are areas where the sun shines brightly.

How to get to Jimenoa Waterfall in Jarabacoa?

Jimenoa Falls is very close to Jarabacoa, in the province of La Vega. From the center of town, all you have to do is follow the road that leads to the Jimenoa dam. When you have traveled a few kilometers, you will see a sign indicating the detour to reach the waterfall.

In this map you can consult the exact location from where you are. We recommend you to book our transportation service in Dominican Republic to get there in total comfort.

How much does it cost to access this waterfall?

The entrance to Jimenoa Falls costs 100 Dominican pesos, which at the exchange rate is about 2 dollars or euros. This price includes the entrance to the trail up to the waterfall, access to the suspension bridge and the possibility of bathing in the pond formed by the waterfall.

Discover the beauty and majesty of this waterfall! Do not miss this magnificent adventure in one of the corners of the Dominican Republic where nature gives you one of its breathtaking spectacles.

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