Bermejo RIver in Santa Fe National Park
Bermejo River in Santa Fe National Park

A full day 8km hiking excursion along the Bermejo River in Santa Fe National Park to visit three waterfalls – La Leona, Bermejo, and El Tapir.  Picnic Lunch Included.  Moderately Strenuous.

The Destination. Bermejo is one of the tributaries of the Santa Maria River, its upper reaches in Santa Fe National Park.  Here three impressive waterfalls sit on the river, surrounded by the rainforest: Leona Falls – the furthest downstream, the impressive Bermejo Falls- a two tiered fall with pools for swimming, and the powerful,  Tapir Falls, nearest the headwaters.

El Sereno Falls, Santa Fe National Park
El Tapir Falls. Santa Fe National Park

The Journey.  In this full-day trip, we start out at 7AM sharp from Coffee Mountain Inn.  We travel 5km by 4×4 to the village of Bermejo, then follow a footpath,  upriver to Leona and Bermejo Falls, where we can go swimming in the pools, weather permitting.

We then continue into Santa Fe National Park, on a smaller game trail – referred to locally as the Tapir’s Trail,  to find the powerful but hidden falls.  It is so infrequently visited, even by locals, that this impressive 40m tall fall is unnamed, but we refer to as Tapir Falls.  During our hike we leave the rural community behind to enter in primary rainforest.

At the falls, we have a picnic lunch before looping back to the trailhead.

We return to Coffee Mountain Inn by 4×4.

 


 

Additional information

START/RETURN LOCATIONCoffee Mountain Inn. Santa Fe, Veragaus
START/RETURN TIME7AM – 4PM (DEPENDING ON TRAIL CONDITIONS)
INCLUDEDTransportation to/from trailhead and Coffee Mountain Inn, Guide, Packed Lunch
HIKERS LIMITSGroups of 6 or less, School aged children and up, Physical Fitness- Must be able to hike 6 miles in moderately strenuous conditions with 400m of elevation gains/losses.