Dominican Republic Waterfalls
There are four mountain ranges in the Dominican Republic. There are numerous rivers that start up in the mountains and tier down the hills making impressively sculpted waterfalls. These are a few that I have photographed over the years of living here.
I work as an adventure excursion guide. At some point in time, I have taken adventurers to rappel, slide, or jumped off most of these waterfalls. Many of them are part of The Extreme Adventure Vacation offered by Adventuresque.
Waterfalls are formed when water from a river or stream makes a vertical drop. They are common in the upper sections of rivers near the source. Often times the waterfall channel is deep and narrow. When a river flows over hard bedrock erosion is slower. Downstream rock maybe softer and erosion happens faster causing a vertical drop.
The speed of water increases at the edge of the waterfall. Also, the turbulence picks up sand and stones and causes erosion to happen faster. Often times the rock is softer just under the edge making caverns from splash back. Eventually, the more resistant top rock will collapse and add blocks of rock to the base of the waterfall. These blocks of rock are then broken down into smaller boulders creating a deep plunge pool or gorge.
Getting to play in waterfalls should happen at least once in everyone’s lifetime. They are amazing! During your visit to the Dominican Republic you should take the time to visit one (or many) and play!