Tom’s Experience hiking to Juan Diego Falls:
Juan Diego Falls is one of the less popular waterfalls in El Yunque National Forest but it is one of the best waterfalls in Puerto Rico.
It can’t be seen from the road and the fact that the trail isn’t paved, pretty steep, and muddy to the waterfall makes it less popular. The trail is very uneven.
You spend a lot of time climbing up tree roots and holding on to different trees. You eventually reach a 15 foot waterfall that is pretty. You can see up river and there is a much larger waterfall.
There was a trail heading off to the right as you look up river that was pretty steep but takes you to the larger and prettier waterfall up river.
There are rocks in the pool near the waterfall that when wet, you can rub them on another dry rock and it makes some sort of paint that was really cool. You can also swim in this pool if you would like but this isn’t the best El Yunque Waterfall Swimming.
Wear shoes with great traction and that can get muddy. There are also signs that warn of flash floods. Be careful when you are near the waterfall or river if it has been raining hard. Once you reach Juan Diego Falls head back to the trailhead the way you came. It is a rain forest so come prepared with rain gear for all El Yunque Falls.
Trail Info: The Juan Diego Falls trailhead is located at KM 9.5 on Road 191 in the El Yunque National Forest. There is really no real parking lot but there are a few parking spaces along the side of the road. El Yunque is a rain forest and the only rain forest that is managed by the United States National Forest Service. There is no entrance fee for the national forest but it is only opened from 7:30am until 6:00pm.
Juan Diego Falls Trailhead: 18.311816, -65.777207
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