River Fun in El Yunque at Charco La Barrigona

NEW INFO! 5/22 They no longer allow people who are not doing a zipline tour to use the Charco/river. The river is only for guests doing the zipline tour or possibly for pre-approved tour groups.

Are you looking for a nice place to spend a day playing in a river? Charco La Barrigona is a beautiful swimming hole along the Mameyes River in Río Grande, on a road just before you get to the entrance to El Yunque National Forest. The area is clean, easy to find, has plenty of parking, and just a short walk to the swimming hole. And it is super pretty!

Charco La Barrigona

Located on the Junglequi Zipline Tour property, they want people to have access to it but they have a lot of rules to maintain the area clean and enjoyable for everyone. As you go up Road 191 in Río Grande, you will see the signs for Junguequi Zipline to the left. Take this little road all the way to the end, where you will enter the Junglequi property, which is lovely. Continue until you get to the guard. Pay $5 to park and then follow the trail across the road down to the river.

Charco La Barrigona

The walk only takes 5 minutes, with some stairs along the way. It goes through some beautiful green jungle-looking areas. You get to the river at the end of the walkway. You will fall in love right away with the deep, clear, blue pool as soon as you see it.

We saw some large fish swimming in the river. There is no lifeguard, so it is “swim at your own risk”. Diving is not permitted, but it is deep enough to jump, and there is even a rope swing on the tree across the river. There is a little “beach area” where you can set up chairs to enjoy the day. But there are a number of rocks, so we recommend water shoes.

Charco La Barrigona

They have loads of rules — no coolers, no food, no drinks, no BBQs, no loud music, etc. So it is a bit different from other places. We went one mid-week afternoon in winter and no one was there, but I know it is popular in the summer!

Since this is on the Junquequi Zipline property, you may see them zipping overhead as you walk the trail! You can make reservations to do a zipline tour with them and really make it a day! If you take a tour, you can use the river before or afterward.

Charco La Barrigona


The cost is $5/car to park. No per-person fee.

They are open 7 days/week, from 9am to 3pm, weather permitting.

You can call them at 787-500-7555 for more information.

You can email them at info@junglequipr.com for more information.

Keep the area clean! Take your garbage with you when you leave. There are no restroom facilities.

From Road 191, turn left onto Road 990, and follow it to the end to the Junglequi entrance gate.

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