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Salto de Aguas Blancas: spectacular waterfall in Constanza

A waterfall that you cannot miss

In the Constanta region, known as "the Switzerland of the Caribbean" for its landscapes, you can enjoy one of the most impressive waterfalls you will see in your life. About 20 kilometers from the town is Salto de Aguas Blancas, a natural spectacle in which water and vegetation come together to amaze ecotourism lovers.

The river flows to a waterfall 83 meters high that ends in a natural pool in which only the brave bathe, because the water temperature is quite cold, an average of 10 degrees. In any case, Salto de Aguas Blancas is an essential visit if you want to enjoy the environment and get away from stress during your vacation.

Nature in its purest form

The path to the waterfall, one of the highest in the Dominican Republic, is a journey full of contrasts. A Creole pine forest where the stream of crystalline water stands out with its resplendent white. The flora is made up of a great variety of species, among which lichens and various varieties of flowers stand out. As for fauna, the forest is home to more than 40 species of birds, 13 of them only existing in Hispaniola.

To facilitate access to the waterfalls, because Salto de Aguas Blancas is actually made up of two successive waterfalls, a hiking path has been prepared that allows you to reach the top in a walk that covers about 600 meters. It has been done with great care to respect nature and cause the least possible impact.

Once at the top of the waterfall, you can see the spectacle of water falling from the pool in which it accumulates to the natural pool where it reaches. To enjoy it even better, there are two terraces with wooden benches from which you can lean out.

Adventure activities and more

Salto de Aguas Blancas has a visitor area where you can make a stop to recover your strength. There are also some restaurants, one specialized in French cuisine that also offers a fabulous view of the canyon and its surroundings.

But eating and admiring the beauty of this humid tropical forest is not the only thing that can be done in Salto de Aguas Blancas. You can also do adventure activities such as hiking or bird watching, without forgetting the stops to photograph bridges, roads and mountain villages with their typical huts.

Recommendations and tips to visit Salto de Aguas Blancas

If you are thinking of living the adventure and discovering the spectacular Salto de Aguas Blancas de Constanza, pay attention to some details:

  • Keep in mind that you are going to a mountainous area, so the temperatures are much lower than what you can find on any of the beaches in the Dominican Republic, especially if you are going up in the morning.
  • If you plan to bathe in the natural pool, do so carefully. In addition to your bathing suit, bring a towel and sunscreen to prevent ultraviolet rays, which are more intense at higher altitudes, from causing damage to your skin.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to endure the walk. And carry some insect repellent in your backpack if you need it. Although the climate is colder than in other areas, you may encounter some colonies of mosquitoes and the like, especially in areas of abundant vegetation and humidity.
  • It is also recommended that you wear a cap or hat to cover your head while you enjoy the path up to the waterfall.
  • Respect the path and do not cause any damage to the environment. Keep in mind that it is a natural area, and that conservation is one of the main concerns that must be taken. Do not leave garbage anywhere and take care of the ecosystem.
  • Take your time to photograph the landscape and stop to observe the beauty of this area. The memories you record in your mind are also part of the experience.

How to get to this treasure hidden by nature?

It is important that you know that the route to Salto de Aguas Blancas is a complicated and winding road. In addition, you will have to leave your means of transport about 600 meters from the water jet and continue walking to reach the top.

On the map below you can find the location of the waterfall, as well as a map with the location of other places of interest that are around Constanza. If you travel from Santo Domingo, the trip will take you about 3 hours until you reach the waterfall. From Constanza, follow Highway 41 until you see the turnoff for Salto de Aguas Blancas on a winding road up the mountain.

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