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El Salto del Limón
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Greta V
Orlando, FL4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
The horses are treated badly, there cannot be any joy in riding those poor animals who are clearly not treated well or cared for at all. The hike is super muddy and honestly nothing about it was fun, me and my boyfriend decided to walk because we couldn’t bear the idea of making the horses suffer even more. Every horse also has a guide who makes the horses move with sticks they found on the ground, because they clearly do not want to walk anymore after probably carrying 20 tourists a day back and forth. The waterfall is mediocre, not worth the money and not worth the pain for the animals. Please don’t do this
Written January 21, 2022
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misspenguin22
Edmonton, Canada5 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Please don't take a horse to the falls, they are clearly neglected. I've never seen horses with their hip bones protruding like that, I felt so bad that I didn't look at reviews before and that I contributed to the problem. When I went to get on the horse it was clear that it was afraid to go and kept trying to avoid the stairs where riders get on the horse. Instead of coercing the horse with compassion, they hit it hard on the face and yelled at the horse.

The path wasn't safe with so many uneven boulders and mud hiding dangerous spots, the horses were constantly slipping. When the horses wanted to slow down to find their footing in the worst spots, the guides would force the horses to go faster. The guides were pulling on the horses tails the whole time quite hard to help themselves get up all the hills. Even the spot where the horses are kept while you go to the waterfall had no flat spots to stand on, it was all uneven boulders with no water or feed for them. The saddles are also poor quality with the straps done up too tight to keep them on.

It ruined the whole thing and I couldn't help but cry when I saw all the horses at the top and the condition that at least 80% of them were in. I also think it's terrible that they don't pay the guides and that they only work for tips.
Written February 22, 2022
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kakkoi
Sydney, Australia101 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
If you follow Google Maps to El Limón parking, you can easily do this walk independently without a guide. We paid 200 pesos for parking and then 50 pesos per person to enter the National Park (the little green building is where you pay the park fee) and walked on our own without dramas! We first had to cross the river 3 times (sometimes the water was knee-high), then walked about 40mins up hill through the muddy and rocky path until we got to a little shop with a beautiful view of the waterfall, from there it was about 15mins down towards the waterfall. We started the walk around 9:30am and it wasn’t too busy. Of course there is also the option to ride a mule, but we were happy to walk. Really easy without a tour/guide!
Written January 8, 2023
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TrotaAye3
348 contributions
Jan 2021
This waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve ever been too. There is more than one waterfall so don’t go in a rush, you can easily make it a full day adventure.

People complain about the horses being mistreated but it isn’t that extreme. The terrain is rough and would make it a hard hike it you didnt have hiking boots on or weren’t in shape. It’s about 40 minutes to the waterfall on the horses.
Written January 20, 2021
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MichaelBNielsen
Odense, Denmark370 contributions
Jan 2022
I took a local bus from Las Terrenas to Limón - 65 DOP and a scooter the rest of the way 50 DOP. The way to the falls are very challenging and it is recommended to hire a horse. The price for a horse is about 1.000 DOP and you have to tip the assistant on top of that. At the moment they are not many tourists so they don’t work everyday, therefore I paid him 1.500 DOP for his efforts. But it is a very nice ride, very hilly and passing rivers and steep muddy paths. The horses are calm but still you just hope they don’t slides on the slippery path. After 30 minutes ride you have to walk down to the falls on some steep steps, so you need to be in a good shape to take this tour. The falls are quite nice, and you can swim in the quite cold water. But I find that the tour to the falls are the most exciting.
Written January 28, 2022
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Vy H
6 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Read all the reviews and I think the best and quick way to get to the waterfall is through the restaurant Parada La Manzana. We didn’t eat there but ask about the tour. It was $1000 pesos ($20 US) and included a Donkey ride down to the waterfall. 3/4 of the way you get off and walk to the waterfall down a stairway. Quick and easy and less strenuous. Price is really decent. Will definitely recommend a friend to do this route if they ever go. You can find the restaurant on google and drive there if you have a car. Also, there are people on bikes that will get your attention while you drive down to offer there own your. I took the office of another reviewer to tell those guys you are going to Samana and they leave you alone. Have fun!
Written December 27, 2021
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boseguera
27 contributions
Mar 2023
This is such a beautiful waterfall. If you are a hiker, it is a great 4 mile workout on your own (no guide is needed unless you feel more comfortable with one). Even if you are not a hiker, you can take a horse there for about $20USD (entrance fee is included). The entrance for hikers is about $5USD. Make sure you have good sneakers or hiking shoes since there are a lot of rocks and there are some steep hills. If you have good watershoes that you can use for hiking, even better since parts of the hike involve your feet getting in the water to go across small streams. The hike is well worth it! It is more comfortable with watershoes since the water is a magnificent opaque blue/green - so you cannot see where you are stepping when you get in the water. There is a small cave in the back for those that are adventurous and can swim! Amazing overall!
Written April 3, 2023
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Stephen B
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Couples
Had this included in our excursion, even though it is a beautiful place the condition of the horses really ruined this tour. Carrying people far to big for the size of horse and seemed to be very under fed and under watered. With the money paid (150 dollars pp) more should be done to look after these animals.
Written February 12, 2023
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Erin M
Wilmington, NC7 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
This place is beautiful And worth the trip… IF YOU ARE GOING TO WALK… it was very sad and distrurbimg to see clearly famished tiny horses carry and slip on rocks with overweight tourists 2 miles up a rocky slippery slope. They are not given food or water and grunt as they walked passed us. The hike was fun by foot and the waterfall was beautiful, no need to abuse animals on the way :)
Written January 25, 2022
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Gary M
Pittsburgh, PA30 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
A great adventure and worth the time. Despite a very hot and humid day, it was cooler in the jungle and a good workout. We walked it, not rode horses and highly recommend it. Park at Rancho Limon, a private business and get one of their guides. They help along the way and watch your things while you take a refreshing dip in the cool water. We paid $1100 RD, around $20 USD in total for the four of us. Avoid all the the high pressure guys on the drive towards the area. After the hike, they even wash the mud from your shoes for small fee.
Written June 30, 2023
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