Check Out El Patrón Waterfall
I like waterfalls, so when I see photos of local waterfalls, I make every effort to find them. That is how we found Cascada Patrón. This waterfall looks really nice in pictures, and it is relatively easy to reach. Technically, it is in the town of Morovis, but it is on the boarder with Vega Baja, so it is a quick stop when doing other things in the area. Another plus is that it is not too far from San Juan.
We went on a Monday morning, and, as expected, we had the place to ourselves. I have seen photos with a number of people at the falls, so I know it can get busy (most likely on weekends and in the summer). There is a path that leads to the falls behind an abandoned house … so, yes, you need to cross private property to get to the falls … but it is not posted to keep out or anything.
The path is easy to follow, but be aware it can be muddy, it is a bit slippery in places, and it does get steep in a few areas. But it is only like a 10-minute walk from the road through the forest to the waterfall.
The waterfall itself is pretty nice — probably 40 or more feet tall.
It had rained the day before we went, so the water wasn’t 100% clear, but it still was pretty. If it rains, the falls get more full and prettier, but watch for flash floods. We could see where the high-water mark was from the recent rains! There is a small pool at the base of the falls, but it it looked pretty shallow. This waterfall was interesting because it flows over a different kind of rock, which was pretty fragile.
The main problem I have with this waterfall (and, really, this town in general) is there is a lot of trash and garbage dumped all over. So much of it ends up in the rivers and, of course, around these falls. It is a bit sad. But the falls themselves do look nice in photos, you just have to overlook all the trash.
There was a small side path that leads to the top of the waterfall (just a 3-minute walk), but I did’t think that top area was much to look at, so might not be worth your effort.
Remember to take water, insect repellent, and to wear sturdy shoes.
The walk from the road to the waterfall takes about 10 minutes.
The easiest way to get to El Patrón Falls is to take Route 22 to Road 137 (that’s exit 42). On Road 137, look for a Walgreens. Just after the Walgreens, at KM 17.4, turn right onto Road 6617 and continue until KM 1.8. Coming from this direction, you will see an abandoned house on right as you come around the corner … then look on left and you can see the abandoned house with the trail sort of hidden in the tall grass. Park on left side here and the trail to the waterfall is on either side of the abandoned house.
It is about a 1-hour drive from San Juan
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