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“Spectacular Waterfall, Adventurous Journey”

Salto de Aguas Blancas
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This waterfall south of Constanza (18.84342, -70.67753) is reportedly the second highest in the Caribbean, after La Jalda (Salto La Loma) near Miches in the Dominican Republic. But those claims seem to ignore Salto Fino in Cuba. Anyway, it is a tall, beautiful waterfall. It does have a slight break in the middle, so maybe it is two falls. The waterfall is in a very open pine woodlands. There is a longer trail to the top of the falls, and a much shorter trail to the base of the falls. At the base there are restroom facilities. There is a small pool where it is possible to take a dip at the base, although the water is quite cool.
The waterfall is found at the lower elevations (1700m) of Parque Nacional Valle Nuevo. From Constanza take the main road south, Route 41, through Colonia Japonesa. About 1 km after leaving the houses, the road will split. Route 41 continues on to Salto Aguas Blancas by continuing straight ahead (the left road). Taking the road to the right leads down to a ford across the river and is the best road for going higher into Valle Nuevo (and Villa Pajon). It is possible to get higher into Valle Nuevo by taking route 41 via Agua Blancas, but the road is very bad beyond the turnoff to the waterfall until it re-unites with the other road; you need a car with high ground clearance to make it through that section. Even going to Salto Aguas Blancas is really only appropriate in a SUV with moderate clearance. Although only 10 km straightline from Constanza, it will take most of an hour to drive here.
The road into the waterfalls leaves Route 41 in the little village of El Convento. There is a large greenhouse operation just west of the turnoff to the falls where they grow roses. As you approach the falls on the road there is a small pullout to park where a trail leaves to the follow the contours around to the upper falls. Continue on down the road a couple hundred meters to the larger parking area at the base of the falls and the restrooms. I know some of the local tour operators offer options to come and visit the falls by truck or horseback.

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