I admit, cruises aren't my favorite way to vacation. I would rather explore foreign countries than lounge on a ship. One of our summer vacations during 2016 included a family reunion cruise. I wanted at least one excursion that would get us off the ship to see the country not just the port. I spent a lot of time researching tours and finally settled on the El Salto Waterfall and Zipline Tour offered through Rocaliza Adventure Tours. I was not disappointed. I'm sure all six of our group would agree the tour was the highlight of our trip.
Our tour guides picked us up near the cruise ship. We walked about two blocks to the pick up area. After an approximately 45 minute drive we arrived in the town of Caguas for our hike. The tour company requires that participants not weigh more than a set amount and be in relatively good physical condition. Just the hike up the road is a challenge as it is steep so I agree with the requirements. Closed toe sandals that can get wet like the ones HERE are a must for this hike and flip flops won't work. Most of the hike is in the water on slippery rocks. The guides were awesome in explaining how important it is to stay low so our arms could brace us.
The waterfalls at the top are amazing and it was fun to get in the pools by the falls. The rain forest vegetation ensures that the hike is beautiful along the way.
While we didn't have time to do the rappelling the tour group offers, we did have time for the zip line. We loved that there were several platforms with various distances. I've done enough zip lines that I'm getting good at approaches and breaking.
Our group would have been satisfied with the tour if we had stopped at the zip line but we were lucky enough to have a home cooked Puerto Rican meal with chicken, rice, and banana flan for dessert. I'm not usually a fan of flan but the banana flan was the best I've ever had. It didn't take much for me to get it all down. I loved that one of the locals cooked our meal for us and had a seating area inside the local neighborhood.
Our group loved the tour. The guides were awesome and we had a lot of fun. This is a great tour for teenagers but keep in mind, children younger than ten are not allowed. I would recommend this to anyone traveling to Puerto Rico as a great way to see the country and have fun while doing so.
Tour Rating ★★★★★
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