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The Damajaqua Cascades are one of the most thrilling sights and experiences in Puerto Plata. Better known as the "27 Waterfalls," the cascades are just that – and have been set up as a national monument for tourists to canyon through.

It'll take you about 45 minutes to reach the cascades, which are west of Puerto Plata along the Damajaqua River. Most visitors opt for a Jeep tour or other organized excursion to the falls, but you can transport yourself to the attraction. Exploring the lower falls isn't overly strenuous, but you should still think twice before bringing your young kids or anyone with mobility issues along due to slippery rocks. Your tour of the area will include climbing, sliding and cliff jumping, which could be too advanced for young children. Recent visitors stressed that water shoes, waterproof cameras and bug repellent are must-bring items, and raved about the beauty and adventure the falls provide. If you don't have a waterproof camera, you'll have the option to buy a photo package from the guides.

Admission fees vary depending on how many falls you'd like to climb, and it includes the cost of an English-speaking tour guide (navigating Damajaqua Cascades without a tour guide isn't permitted) and gear. Most travelers opt for seven climbs, but you can also spring for 12 or all 27 waterfalls with the right equipment and instruction.

The falls are open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you do come on your own, prices start at 500 pesos (about $9) and include use of a life jacket and helmet, plus a guide. There is a visitor center and restaurant on-site. For more information, visit the attraction's website.

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