Rio Tanama y Charco Waterfall
On April 16th, 2021 skip, Ezra and I made our way from Rincon to Arecibo, a beautiful colorful town that had barely wide streets for our rental car to make it through.
In 1923 the towns nearby relied on this hydroelectric power-plant that is now a tourist attraction, not one but two beautiful "Man-made waterfalls." Pieces of the power-plant are still embedded into the mountain at the second waterfall, and the actual power-plant is still standing in the parking area.
While visiting any body of water within a canyon, it is recommended to immediately leave during a rainstorm. Flash floods happen often. They are fast and very dangerous.
As more of us, tourists make our way to Puerto Rico to explore the more crowded and trashed all these beautiful areas become. Remember to always be respectful and carry out what you pack in and leave the site cleaner than you arrived.
There are no restrooms at the trailhead nor on the trail. The trail is hectic, and around noon, the waterfall becomes very crowded, so please use the bathroom before making your way to the waterfall and or always dispose of your human waste properly.
There may or may not be a gentleman charging you to park at the trailhead, and depending on when you go, it could range in price. We paid $5. We are not sure if it was a random guy hustling us or what. But the parking lot was full, and it was nice to have someone directing traffic and helping us park. When we got back to our car, he was no longer there.
Directions to Trailhead
From Route 22 or Route 2 in the Arecibo area, take Route 10 south.
You'll eventually see a sign to the right for the Arecibo Telescope/Observatory.
Once you see that, continue on Route 10 south for about another 2 miles. Then you'll see a sign to the right for Río Hondo.
That's where you turn.
Follow the road, and you will pass a ball court.
Continue to follow the narrow road to the end, but do not go over the bridge.
Use Alltrails map. The trailhead is an unmarked location and may hard to find on maps.