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Dunn's River Falls is one of Jamaica's natural treasure. I had a nice time, but I was sorry I couldn't take my cam with me, because I would like to have some photos of the waterfalls. Dunn's River Falls has a very intriguing story. This is where the famous Las Chorreras battles are said to have taken place.
Originally waged in 1657, this fight took place near Dunn's River Falls. In fact, the fight was over the island's property. As a result of the fight, the English won. Explore other places in Ocho Rios by clicking here. Do you need to do something new in Ocho Rios?
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Dunn's River Falls and Park
Dunn's River Falls is one of Jamaica's natural treasure. The Arawak name "Xayamaca" - country of streams and sources - is more appropriate in only a few places. Spaniards named the area "Las Chorreras" - the falls or fountains - and it really is one of the most attractive places on the isle.
Just a stone's throw from Ocho Rios, one of Jamaica's most rapidly expanding resorts, Dunn's River Falls is one of a kind. It is described as a lively and expanding phenomena and continually recovers from the sediments of traverting rocks formed by the deposit of the river's precipitate of carbonated limestone as it passes over the waterfalls.
That, in combination with its position near the ocean, makes Dunn's River the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not in the atlantic.
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With a height of 55 metres and a length of 180 metres, the falls are laid out in terraces like huge stairways, although some of them contain man-made enhancements. There are several small lakes between the steep parts of the falls. The ascent of the falls is a favourite touristic activity and is often, but not only, carried out with the help of a guide from the reserve.
The ascent lasts about 1-1.5 hrs with brief pauses for photos and videos of the guide. For those who don't want to get soaked or can't cope with the rough, rugged ground of the waterfalls, there are also steps along the waterfalls. These waterfalls are surrounded by luxuriant verdant flora that protects the area from the heat of the day and keeps the area and climbers cold.
Ascent can be relatively difficult, so it is often carried out as a manual manoeuvre, guided by a leader to facilitate it. Cases were the site of the Battle of Las Chorreras in 1657, when the British conquered a Cuban Hispanic expedition force A blackboard erected by the Jamaican Historical Society at the foot of cases recalls this incident (see photo).