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“La Mina Falls - a great short hike”
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La Mina Falls
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El Yunque Rainforest Hiking from San Juan
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El Yunque Rainforest Adventure from San Juan
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Owner description: Be sure to leap into the cool waters at the base of this 35-foot cascade.
Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is a 40 minute hike in, and 40 out. And that's if you don't stop to rest, which a lot of people were doing.....including us! But it's a great way to get into the rain forest and see the flora and fauna close up. And the falls are beautiful, and the water is cool and refreshing. Some steep hills, so make sure your shoes are good and you can hike hills. Great path, great traction. Everything is wet, but we never felt like we would slip (until we walked out into the water - those rocks are SLIPPERY)

Thank Kyle H
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We were very excited for this hike in El Yunque. We were travelling with 6 people, and were a mixture of experienced and novice hikers. The trail was rated as difficult, but is only 0.7 miles long. We expected that the elevation changes most likely warranted the rating, but we were able to easily get our group down and back (though several stopped to catch their breath many times along the way).

The trail has a concrete path for most (maybe all) of the way, but you still must be cautious as you walk to not slip. I highly recommend wearing tennis shoes, not flip flops so that you can navigate the trail easily. Many areas have hand rails as well, and you experience the sound of coquis almost the entire hike.

Be sure to take a bathing suit and towel so you can enjoy the falls once you arrive. There is a small pool at the base of the falls and the water felt like it was around 75 degrees - cool, but refreshing after a hot, humid hike. Water shoes are also very helpful because it is difficult to navigate across the rocks to swim or enjoy the rush of the waterfall.

There is a wooden bridge to access both sides of the falls, and the trail continues up along the other side, but we took the same path back to our car. We all agreed that the trip back seemed easier than the trip down (it was for us at least), but it was a wonderful trip. It took us approximately 30 minutes to walk it each way.

The trail to access the falls is located at km 12.2 along PR 191. It begins at an elevation of just over 2,000 feet, and descends down to 1,640 feet.

Thank TracyTravelsOn
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

I'm not in the best shape but thought this hike was fairly easy. It took 30 minutes at most. I brought my Chaco river shoes and was able to climb to the small ledge under the waterfall. The water was super refreshing and just needs a few minutes to get used to the temp. Disappointed I didn't spot a chupacabra however!

Thank elizafrench
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

To get to La Mina Falls one must drive up the mountain for about 20 minutes on narrow winding roads that are two way traffic, so caution and slow driving is a must. Once you reach the parking area you start the hike to La Mina Falls. The route is full of different vegetation, and tropical trees Nothing really spectacular. The hiking road is narrow with two way traffic of people going up & going down. It can be dangerous for the fall is steep on the sides of the trail. The hike is steep also, Many very steep hills and winding trails. Its about a 45 minute hike each way and is difficult to do unless you are a seasoned hiker. I was dissapointed in La Mina Falls. It is not as spectacular as pictures show it to be. Very hard to walk in the walter to get close to the Falls. Sharp rocks are everywhere. All in all I would not go back but glad I did it and now know what its like.

Thank CC S
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

A long walk without much in the way of Kodak moments, but a nice, easy wading pond at the bottom. Also a place to interact with your fellow travelers.

Thank Mike S
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