If you are hunting for a great waterfall in the El Yunque National Forest then Hippie’s Waterfall, or Salto del Hippie, should be on your short list. The rocks are amazingly smooth and make for a more relaxing afternoon than some of the other local waterfalls. Hippie’s Waterfall makes for a great picnic area or just a fun day at the waterfalls. The one warning or caution is that you should pay attention to the rate of water flow. There are times of the year that it can be quite slow and easy going, but it can also become a beast roaring to life with some heavy rain, even rain that fell days prior.
Finding: Please feel free to use our map located below. We have also marked the route / road you take, it is not marked as a road on google maps, but it is there. Do not be fooled by the fact it appears to be a driveway. There is a parking area at the end of the road.
Access: You can drive all the way up to Hippie’s Waterfall parking area, then take a very minor hike down to the waterfall from the parking area.
The following images and video came from a time of the year where rain was really heavy.
Hippie’s Waterfall / Salto del Hippie GPS Coordinates:
El Yunque National Forest is one of the, or maybe even THE most popular destinations in Puerto Rico. El Yunque is a Tropical Rainforest and actually the only one in the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
There are many things to do and see in El Yunque, including waterfalls, trails, scenic views, towers, park services, hiking, climbing, etc etc. If you are anywhere close by, make sure you go, just pay attention to the weather. This is a Rainforest and will catch you by surprise. I personally got caught in a flash flood one of the times I was there.
We will add some additional posts on El Yunque to break down the different activities. The waterfalls are by far the most popular attraction of the rainforest but we will also cover some of the other options.
There is a National Parks building just as you enter El Yunque National Forest. It never hurts to stop in, but there is a fee to access the park. However, the waterfalls, trails, towers and such are actually accessible through free public parking further up the mountain.
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Detailed Directions to El Yunque National Forest:
We have the GPS Coordinates of the Park listed below. You can enter those coordinates into a GPS, or make a copy of our mapped route. Trust me, finding things in Puerto Rico can be hard and for some odd reason nobody had good information and directions on finding El Yunque my first time I was heading out there.
El Yunque National Forest GPS Coordinates:
The Double Waterfalls of Gozalandia, both an Upper and Lower Waterfall, make for one of the best waterfall trips in Puerto Rico. HOWEVER, DO NOT GO OUT THERE WITHOUT A GPS AND OUR MAPPED COORDINATES. Take advantage of our map because Gozalandia is on the top of the list for hard places to find without a GPS. However, if you take our map with you it should be a walk in the park. Read more →
Salto Collazo is a beautiful waterfall that is extremely easy to find. It is located just southeast of San Sebastian, and because it is on the side of the road it makes for a quick stop. The location also makes for a great spot to take pictures. It is interesting that a waterfall that just sits off to the side of a major road can make you feel like you are off on a deserted island somewhere.
Yet, we still prefer the upper and lower waterfalls of Gozalandia, just north of San Sebastian. The only problem is that those two waterfalls are much harder to find and require a good bit of hiking. Even if you discounted the slippery mud of Gozalandia it would still be a much more difficult waterfall to see than Salto Collazo. Thus, if you just want to see a really nice waterfall with a great opportunity for pictures this might be the one for you.
In addition to Salto Collazo Waterfall, there is also a spot very close by that offers a nice roadside parking area on the side of the mountain that overlooks the entire valley. You can see this location on our map, it is just to the south of Salto Collazo.