• Activities:

    Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.1 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    80 Feet

Forest
River
Romantic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

An easily missed miniature trail leads to a pair of gorgeous, secluded waterfalls.

Juan Diego Falls are a pair of waterfalls that can be accessed by an incredibly short and ignored trail when passing through El Yunque.

When driving up the mountain (heading southwest on 191) the trail entrance can be found behind a road barrier on the right hand side of the road at approximately KM 9.8. This is at a corner between Yokahú Tower and Big Tree Trail's parking areas. There are marked parking areas along the side of the road near this entrance, so park there if you can. You'll know when you've found the trailhead when you spot a trashcan and a small safety sign just off the road and behind a barrier.

Follow the steep path up and along the right of a stream and you'll quickly come across the first of the two falls. This one should be about 2 meters tall and makes for a nice photo opportunity. The larger and more impressive waterfall can be seen behind and above this one.

Although the distance to the larger falls and pool is small, to get there you will have to be a bit adventurous and quite careful as there is not a blazed and easy path. I took the muddy footpath on the right and followed it as it made a sharp and steep left. If you continue to climb up about 40 feet of steep and muddy terrain you will have to veer to the left and take a very narrow and treacherous footpath to the falls. While short, this part of the hike may not be safe for beginners or kids as the trail is very muddy, narrow, and has a dangerous-looking drop-off on the left.

Once you've navigated the "cliff" there be sure to get soaked in the waterfall.

Pack List

  • Swimsuit
  • Hiking Boots
  • Water Shoes
  • Camera
  • Towel
  • First-Aid Kit (don't leave home without it)
  • Common Sense - don't do anything dangerous. This trail is not well maintained. Things get slippery and or muddy in the rainforest. Waterfalls can suddenly become incredibly violent due to flash floods. Just because it's not raining where you are that doesn't mean it didn't rain buckets upstream.
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There is a small hike above the Juan Diego Falls. There you can reach a watering hole with a beautiful waterfall. Just follow the orange highlighted strands along the river.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Yanick R

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