It’s possible that you’ve never heard of cascading or canyoning. Reading this will quite possibly turn you on to something that you may want to experience more than once as this is an adventure that most never try but definitely should. Cascading and canyoning are fantastic ways to experience more of what the Dominican Republic has to offer.
Unfortunately, not everyone can handle these two sports; you would have to be in somewhat good shape because both canyoning and cascading involve a lot of climbing, rappelling and swimming. There is also some sliding involved but that isn’t something that should rule people out. It can be quite exhausting when climbing up the mountains to the top of the river canyon but well worth the energy and time. A touring company that offers these two sports will give you the best idea of what to expect physically, what safety precautions are taken and what safety equipment is used. In order to gain a better understanding, we will share with you what canyoning and cascading is, what they entail and where you’ll want to go to experience either of these adventures.
It is said that the northern and central regions of the Dominican Republic have the perfect topography and climate for canyoning and cascading. Canyoning can be done in both wet and dry river canyons, however, because you’re in the Dominican Republic, you won’t find many dry canyons. When canyoning, you’ll be in the mountainous region of Puerto Plata and will traverse the canyon by climbing and rappelling. For this sport, you will need a trusty pair of shoes that you wouldn’t mind disposing of at the end of the excursion. You’ll get a secure safety helmet, a harness and a wetsuit, all of which will provide you with protection from everything you might encounter.
Cascading is typically done at waterfalls. With cascading, you have to put forth some serious effort and exert yourself by climbing up to the top of the waterfall. Believe us, this isn’t easy! Once you get to the top all of your hard work is done, so prepare yourself for your reward. You freestyle cascade yourself by using ropes to slide down the waterfall to the bottom. This too requires some great protective shoes and in addition to ropes, you will use a secure safety helmet and a wetsuit.
As long as you have the proper gear and you’re canyoning or cascading in the proper weather conditions, there really isn’t anything to worry about. Touring companies will share with you exactly where to go but one place that we love is Damajaqua Waterfalls. It is one of the most ideal places to cascade since there are 27 waterfalls to choose from.
Cascading and canyoning in Puerto Plata is one of the top excursions for those who like extreme sports and extreme adventure. Even if you’ve never tried your hand at an extreme sport before, don’t be afraid. These two are not dangerous as long as the right safety precautions are taken. People who have gone canyoning or cascading have thoroughly enjoyed this activity. They are both a little break from the norm but will certainly allow you to step outside of your comfort zone and experience something new and different.