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Gozalandia WaterfallsAs with many other natural wonders in Puerto Rico, there isn't a clearly defined marker. Normally, to find Gozalandia, you would first have to visit it with a local, because getting directions there can be complicated. Lately, there is talk of turning the waterfalls into an ecoresort). Parking is cheap, but get there early to avoid crowds. There are several muddy paths leading to two beautiful waterfalls. I recommend going on weekdays in the morning. Forget going on weekends, as it will be way too crowded to enjoy it peacefully. If you go during the wet season (August to October), be prepared to just go barefoot. Shoes lose grip, you slide everywhere, and you eventually take them off anyways. I always start by hiking to the top waterfall first, as this one usually has fewer people around it. There's a rope swing for the adventurous and a nice cool water pool for the rest of us. This is definitely a beautiful place to relax in nature.
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Diving into Divine Waterfalls
Puerto Rico is blessed with numerous waterfalls, such as the 500-foot-tall San Cristobal Canyon and the three-in-one falls of Salto Doña Juana. The fame of El Yunque’s La Coca and La Mina Falls means Juan Diego Falls remain a largely undiscovered secret: A little farther up from La Coca is a hidden trail that leads to a short trickle of water which splashes into an invigoratingly cool pool, tucked well away from prying eyes. Gozalandia Waterfall in western San Sebastián might draw the crowds, but there's only enough room for two under the velvety stream of cascading water. For added privacy, swim underwater into a nearly imperceptible alcove.