Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls), El Yunque National Forest

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One of the most popular walks in El Yunque, Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) leads through lush rainforest to an impressive 10 m (35 ft) waterfall. Take a refreshing dip in the cool waters at the bottom of the cascade, or sit by and watch as the water dashes over the huge boulders of the cliffs. At a length of 1.2 km (0.7 mi), the trail takes about 30 to 45 minutes in one direction; walkers of all abilities and experiences should be able to keep up. That said, do wear shoes with traction so as not to slip along slick surfaces. With our custom trip planner, El Yunque National Forest attractions like Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We likes standing and watching the waterfall but it looked quite dangerous to actually go into the waterfall area. Greta to look at.  more »
  • Hike one of the many trails and see waterfalls and towers built long ago. Fun for couples and for family too. No cost to spend the day exploring!  more »
  • We hiked to the waterfall in the afternoon after hiking up to the peak and back down. I would recommend hiking to the waterfall first thing in order to avoid the crowds. By the time we made it to the ...  more »
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  • Take a refreshing dip in clear rain forest water. Swim under a waterfall. It sounds like a dream. But it is actually a very popular and fun thing to do during a trip to El Yunque National Forest. The waterfall is called La Mina Falls, and it can be accessed by either of two trails: La Mina trail or Big Tree trail. These are both beautiful trails, but different in many ways. This article will describe La Mina trail. The La Mina trail is probably the most popular trail for a few reasons it is the shortest trail to get to the falls (0.7 miles) it is accessible directly from the main Ranger Station – Palo Colorado it is extremely beautiful, as it follows the La Mina River and the sights and sounds of the water are wonderful La Mina TrailHowever, I will mention some of what I consider its drawbacks it is the most popular trail! it is not the easiest trail, in that it is pretty steep and has many steps up and down, so your knees need to be in good working order it is a narrow trail, and you will have to step off the trail a number of times to let people pass you There are two parking lots here, and a good amount of designated parking along the road. There are also clean bathrooms at the Palo Colorado visitors center. If you think you want to swim, change into you bathing suit here because there are no changing rooms down in the Falls area. La Mina trail is rated "Moderate to Difficult" due to it elevation changes – almost 500 feet in a little over a half mile. It should take about 30 minutes to go down, but longer on the way up, depending on how well you can walk up stairs. Luckily the trail has a number of rain and picnic shelters where you can sit and rest. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes, the trail is paved, but it can be slippery. La Mina trail follows the course of the La Mina river as it makes its way to the Falls. The river is full of large rocks, which makes for beautiful sights and sounds. The forest all around is also very lush due to the water, and the way the sun comes through the openings in the trees is just beautiful. There are lots of different trees, plants, flowers, birds , lizards and insect life all around. This trail is very "alive" and a pleasure for (most of ) your senses. Can you tell I really enjoy this trail? La Mina FallsAll this walking will lead you to the big pay-off — the La Mina Falls (Cascada La Mina). The water cascades over a cliff into a pool. There are two ways to enter the pool. The easiest way is to turn left just before the little bridge, so you’re facing directly into the falls. Make your way (carefully!) over the rocks, and just wade straight in. This way looks more difficult, but trust me, it the easier route. The second way to enter the water is to cross the little bridge, turn left, and then follow the steps down to the water. This way looks easier, but it’s not due to big rocks under the water and unexpected drops. The pool is not large, and it is popular, so it can fill up with people, which does take away some of the wonder of it. But I still think it is pretty and fun. There are no benches here, so you need to find a step or choose a rock if you want to relax and enjoy the waterfall. The best pictures are from the bridge that connects Big Tree trail to La Mina trail.
  • The pool can get crowded, go early if you want a good swim.
  • Beautiful waterfall with a chance to take a bath ... very frequentata....la can be reached from a path called The mina traveling from Palo Colorado
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  • Very nice ride. Be prepared for rain.
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