9 Best Hiking and Waterfall Experiences

Check out some of the most amazing hiking/ waterfall views and what it meant for of us to add hiking as part of our travel experince!


¡Eche un vistazo a algunas de las vistas más increíbles de senderismo y cascada y lo que significó para nosotros agregar senderismo como parte de su experiencia de viaje!

#1 Aventura en Pico Rodadero: Yauco Puerto Rico  🇵🇷 

Aventura en Pico Rodadero 🇵🇷@girasol.tropical

Les compartiré un poco de información sobre el pueblo de Yauco.  A Yauco se le conoce como el pueblo del café y esta localizado en la región Suroeste de Puerto Rico.  Pico Rodadero se encuentra a unos 873 pies sobre el nivel del mar, siendo uno de los espacios mas altos de la región Sur y esta situado en el barrio Sierra Alta.

Mi experiencia y aventura de senderismo en el Pico Rodadero fue muy gratificante.  La caminata es de unos 30 a 40 minutos aproximadamente, todo dependerá de la condición física.  Es recomendable utilizar ropa apropiada, meriendas y bebidas hidratantes. Se logra apreciar la costa Sur y el interior de Puerto Rico.  Luego de una caminata ardua, que mejor regalo que este, lograr estar en completa paz y unidad con la madre naturaleza. Ya situados en el lugar, es un tiempo totalmente enriquecedor para el alma.  Aprecias desde las alturas, la naturaleza y los animales que en ella habitan.

Les insto e invito a que vivan experiencias que te roben el aliento y guardes en tu memoria, momentos únicos y que beneficien tu cuerpo. Gracias por leerme y por la oportunidad de exponer mi escrito. 


I will share a little information about the town of Yauco. Yauco is known as the coffee town and is located in the Southwest region of Puerto Rico. Pico Rodadero is located about 873 feet above sea level, being one of the highest spaces in the South region and is located in the Sierra Alta neighborhood.

My hiking adventure and experience at Pico Rodadero was very rewarding. The walk is about 30 to 40 minutes, everything will depend on physical condition. It is recommended to use appropriate clothing, snacks and hydrating drinks. On this hike you will appreciate the South Coast region and the interior Puerto Rico. After an arduous walk, what a better gift than this, to be in complete peace and unity with mother nature. Once you are located in the peak of the hike, it is a totally enriching time for the soul. You appreciate the view from above, the nature and the animals that inhabit it.

I urge and invite you to live experiences that steal your breath and keep in your memory, unique moments and that benefit your body. Thank you for reading me and for the opportunity to present my writing.

#2 Cascade El Chiflón: Chiapas Mexico 🇲🇽

Cascade El Chiflón -Chiapas Mexico 🇲🇽@somewherewithsara

Cascadas el Chiflón in Chiapas is one of the most amazing places we visited in Mexico. The area offers multiple waterfalls along a turquoise river with small walkways formed by the petrified water. The sight is absolutely breathtaking. 

We were expecting a huge crowd of people so we started the hike at 7am and surprisingly didn’t see another person until 10am so we had time for the 1km hike up to Velo de Novia and took several swims and many photos along the way. I recommend spending the whole day here to fully enjoy the beautiful area. It’s a great place to be and enjoyed by an entire family, both young and old. 

I suggest bringing snacks and a good pair of walking shoes with a bit of grip as it can get a bit slippery but there are railing the majority of the way which saves the day. The whole area is truly magical like taken from a fairytale, and I can’t wait to go back one day!

# 3 Choquequirao: Cusco, Peru 🇵🇪

Choquequirao, Cusco, Peru 🇵🇪 – @latinatraveler

When you hear Peru many people automatically think of Machu Picchu because they haven’t heard of a similar Incan ruin called Choquequirao. It requires a minimum 2 day, 1 night hike but even that’s pushing it. It’s recommended to do it in 3 days, 2 nights to be able to fully experience the ruins.

The views along the way and back were beyond impressive and thankfully we had amazing weather. Since this area is much less known you’ll barely run into any tourists so you don’t have to worry about sticking to a route around the site. This picture was taken at one of the lookout points that had this view on one side and the Incan ruins on the other. Hiking these trails and seeing these views and ruins makes me proud of my Peruvian background and culture. I hope others get to enjoy its beauty just as much as I do!

# 4 Lion’s Head: Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦

Lion’s Head, Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦@cynthia719

Thanks to one of my travel buddies for taking this pic. I was smiling for the camera but I was so scared! A smooth walk in the entrance turned into rock scrambling, then into ladders, metal handles to short metal chains to grab onto to keep from not falling. By far, the most mentally challenging hike of my life. 

# 5 Minnewaska State Park: Ulster County, New York 🇺🇸

Minnewaska State Park, Ulster County, New York @cynthia719

As much as I love to travel, I also love to discover my home state of New York. Hiking up to Gertrude’s Nose made me realize how much beauty my home has to offer.

# 6 Semuc Champey: Guatemala 🇬🇹

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Semuc Champey is located in Guatemala. It was one of my best hiking experiences and favorite, the experience overall was one of a kind for me as I traveled alone, camped out in the mountains, and after hiking to see this view I got to tube down the river right to where I was staying. Semuc is also becoming popular with travelers and a must see.


# 7 Unamed trail: Gomboa Rainforest 🇵🇦

Unamed trail and waterfall: Gomboa @suenosdeunaviajera

The Gomboa Rainforest has many unmarked and unnamed trails. We booked our hike via trip advisor not expecting that our hike would be wet, lonely, and a bit scary. 

Our trail was a little off of where most tourists go for hikes. I was very scared! Hiking in Panama is definitely not the same as in many US state parks. We didn’t have a trail to follow or knew where to step. Our tour guide made the way for us while cutting trees and plants with his machete but for the most part slipping and falling was a terrible experience since many of the plants and trees had hard thornes. While it was a scary experience, I would do this anytime anywhere! 

We were also expecting a crowd in our tour but my husband and I were lucky to have a private tour. We made our way around 5am for a two hour ride to the forest. The hike took 2 hours and our end view was this amazing unnamed waterfall (which there are many in the Gomboa Rainforest).

# 8 Bali’s Mount Batur 🇮🇩

Bali’s Mount Batur @stellula__

I’ve gone on many hikes but hiking Bali’s Mount Batur in the dark, starting at midnight was very a unique experience. As was nearly crashing into a giant spider web, being harassed by mountain monkeys and peeing in the dark worried some mystery creature would bite my bum. The sunrise was breathtaking, something I couldn’t fully capture in pictures or words. It’s an experience I will never forget.

# 9 Raymondskill Falls PA 🇺🇸

Raymondskill Falls PA @_la.conquistadora 

I’m a girl from the big city, but love being in nature. I’ve taken up hiking recently to ground me spiritually and guide me to my higher self. I aspire to start my own blog to share local hiking trails, as well as my journey to self-growth and self-love. Not far from the NY state line, Raymondskill Falls is located in PA. The falls were unlike anything I have seen – the trail was well pathed and offered three different levels of views.

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Zeline Santana

I am a full time college administrator in love with travel. My mission with Viajerx and co is to create statement pieces for Latinx travelers and share our travel journey on my blog! I launched my first business adventure with Viajerx and co in 2020 and our community is growing slowly but surely. Every year, I hope to launch new products that will encourage travel in the latinx community. I cannot wait to see what our gem becomes! Follow us and become part of our community on instagram!

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