About Salto Collores
Salto Collores is a pretty straightforward and convenient waterfall to visit up in the foothills above the bustling town of Juana Diaz (Juana Díaz).
This waterfall featured a nice bean-shaped swimming hole or wading pool beneath a roughly 10-15m waterfall that still had decent flow even after a somewhat prolonged period without rain in the south of Puerto Rico during our April 2022 visit.
Speaking of making a visit, we managed to drive up to a nice property with a gate saying “Estancia L-E”, and then park in a parking area in front of a nice house.
The gate was open when we made our visit though I’m sure you’ll need to somehow get the owner’s attention if the gate is closed (more details on this later).
Salto Collores is already visible from the parking area, but we only had to walk a couple of minutes down a driveway ramp past some stalls or booths, and then go onto a “bridge” leading us right to the mouth of the plunge pool before the waterfall.
Since this is on private property, we paid the owner $10 to park.
For all intents and purposes, visiting this waterfall doesn’t take much time.
However, it’s also a nice spot to just chill out and enjoy the waterfall, which a pair of romantic couples did when we were there (and they were definitely not shy about PDA).
Furthermore, I was surprised to see fish in the plunge pool, which suggested to me that there stream is healthy and respected (i.e. the people living around the stream have not polluted or littered around it).
By the way, the owner spoke very little English, which we were fine with since I studied Spanish in middle- and high school.
If anything, he seemed genuinely interested in why Asian people like ourselves could speak Spanish so we engaged in a bit of a friendly chat with him after paying him to park.
According to the helpful Puerto Rico Day Trips website, the owner of the property opens his property from Monday to Saturday 8am-5pm (closed Sunday), and they can be reached at (787) 837-0763 (in Spanish only though). You may want to consult that website for the latest information since it is run by Americans who have moved from New Jersey to Río Grande. Thus, they can reconn or have connections to locals and can provide updates to the latest conditions and ownership situations.
I’ll describe the driving directions from the town of Juana Díaz since we happened to be at the Pep Boys there tending to a damaged tire situation (though you probably don’t care too much about that bit of drama).
So from PR-149 exit from the PR-52 freeway, we headed north on the PR-149 for about a half-mile before turning left onto the PR-14.
Then, we drove about 1.7 miles to the easy-to-miss turnoff for the PR-512 road on the right (right before the Puma Gas Station).
We then followed the PR-512 road for about 4.5 miles to the KM 7.3 marker, where a sign for Salto Collores directed us to turn left onto the narrow access road.
Then, we followed the access road for another 1/2-mile to the gate with an “Estancia L-E” sign (which was already open during our visit).
And beyond the gate, we then followed the signs keeping to the right before reaching the car park right in front of the owner’s house.
This drive should take about 15 minutes from Juana Diaz and about 30 minutes from Ponce.
Overall, Juana Díaz was about 20km (roughly 20 minutes drive) east of Ponce, 89km (over an hour drive) southeast of Mayaguez, about 117km (about 90 minutes drive) southeast of Aguadilla, and about 106km (under 90 minutes drive) southwest of San Juan.
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