San Ramon Waterfall
On the southern slopes of the volcanoe Maderas, around 4 km from the beach in San Ramon, you find this beautiful waterfall cascading over mossy rocks into a small pool.
The waterfall and river belong to a large finca who uses its water to irrigate their plantations. They also own the Biological Station in San Ramon where the trail to the waterfall starts. After paying the entrance fee of $3 you walk 2 km on a shadeless driveway through the plantation until you reach the finca's hydro-electric plant.
After the hydro-electric plant the hike continues on a small trail along thick water tubes which connect the plant
to the upper part of the small river. The trail takes you through dense jungle, passing by old trees
covered in moss, vines and bromeliads. Howler monkeys live in this area, and a wide variety of birds,
butterflies and other insects, some of them endemic to the Maderas volcano.
Around 2 hours from the Biological Station in San Ramon you reach the waterfall and you can cool off in the natural shower of the waterfall and the small pool at its foot.
The San Ramon Waterfall is most beautiful during rainy season and a few months more. In dry season, March and April, there is sometimes very little water and the falls are reduced to a just a thin spray of water.
Distance from Merida to the Biological Station in San Ramon is 4 km. In Merida you can rent bicycles to get there or you can make a tour on horseback.