Salto Collores

Ponce, Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico

About Salto Collores

Hiking Distance: less than 1/4-mile round-trip
Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Date first visited: 2022-04-18
Date last visited: 2022-04-18

Waterfall Latitude: 18.11535
Waterfall Longitude: -66.54388

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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.

Salto_Collores_032_04182022 - Salto Collores or Salto de Collores
Salto Collores or Salto de Collores

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.

Salto_Collores_003_04182022 - Contextual view of Salto Collores as seen from the driveway of the property owner presiding over this area
Contextual view of Salto Collores as seen from the driveway of the property owner presiding over this area

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.

Salto_Collores_021_04182022 - The pair of couples that were already at Salto Collores before we showed up certainly weren't shy about PDA
The pair of couples that were already at Salto Collores before we showed up certainly weren’t shy about PDA

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.


Salto Collores resides in the municipality and town of Juana Díaz near Ponce, Puerto Rico. Parking and access is through private property.

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.

Salto_Collores_004_iPhone_04182022 - Approaching the driveway and parking area for Salto Collores after crossing into the property boundaries beyond the 'Estancia L-E' gate
Salto_Collores_005_iPhone_04182022 - Descending towards the parking area by this residence at the Salto Collores
Salto_Collores_001_04182022 - The owner chatting with us while leading us to Salto Collores after we paid him to park
Salto_Collores_004_04182022 - Tahia and Julie descending towards Salto Collores
Salto_Collores_005_04182022 - As we descended closer to Salto Collores, we wondered what all those booths or shelters were for
Salto_Collores_006_04182022 - Julie and Tahia continuing to walk closer to Salto Collores behind the nearest of the booths
Salto_Collores_007_04182022 - Noticing this gecko beneath one of the booths at Salto Collores
Salto_Collores_008_04182022 - Julie and Tahia walking the railed plank towards the plunge pool fronting Salto Collores
Salto_Collores_009_04182022 - Looking back up at the residence from the Salto Collores
Salto_Collores_011_04182022 - Context of the end of the plank walk and the Salto Collores waterfall
Salto_Collores_014_04182022 - Joining the other two couples enjoying the Salto Collores Waterfall
Salto_Collores_019_04182022 - Portrait view of the Salto Collores Waterfall and its plunge pool
Salto_Collores_007_iPhone_04182022 - Another look at Salto Collores with one affectionate couple wading in front of the waterfall
Salto_Collores_026_04182022 - Another contextual look back at the residence of the property owner watching over Salto Collores
Salto_Collores_027_04182022 - Closer look at fish in the plunge pool beneath Salto Collores
Salto_Collores_035_04182022 - Julie and Tahia heading back to the car park after having had their fill of Salto Collores
Salto_Collores_038_04182022 - One last look at Salto Collores and its context before leaving
Salto_Collores_041_04182022 - Context of the car park and driveway in front of the residence at Salto Collores

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.

Salto_Collores_002_iPhone_04182022 - Approaching the signed turnoff for El Salto de Collores near the KM 7.3 post
Approaching the signed turnoff for El Salto de Collores near the KM 7.3 post

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.

Salto_Collores_003_iPhone_04182022 - The Estancia L-E gate leading to the property owner for Salto Collores
The Estancia L-E gate leading to the property owner for Salto Collores

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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Semi circular sweep showing the context of the falls from the property

Checking out the fish in the plunge pool before panning 360 degrees

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Tagged with: rio guayo, juana diaz, ponce, villalba, easy waterfall, estancia l.e., swimming hole, private property, puerto rico

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