Cascada EL Pailon, Banos

Must see · Waterfall · Nature / Park
Plunging water makes quite a spectacle at Cascada EL Pailon, located on Ecuador's "ruta de las cascadas," the waterfall route along the Rio Verde river. The thunderous waterfall draws avid photographers to this misty natural area, known for its lush cloud forest vegetation and varied wildlife. To reach the suspension bridge offering arguably the best views of the crashing water, visitors must climb a steep and slippery path. For a lower-level view of the waterfall, you can stand on the stone steps carved into the vertical cliff. Wear slip-resistant shoes and bring a rain jacket. Using our world travel planner, Banos attractions like Cascada EL Pailon can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful waterfalls, clean and falls get lit up at 6.25 and the suspension bridge at 6.45. Went through the "main" entrance but there seems to be a second entrance that starts at the other upper.....  more »
  • I was really looking forward to visiting here, and it did not disappoint. We did visit from both sides & had to pay a couple dollars to cross the bridge, which was fine but honestly probably not...  more »
  • Beautiful place to visit and to walk around. Best time to visit is definitely in the week and not on weekends. I went there on a Saturday so it was crowded with people. I would love to have spent...  more »
  • My dad and I took a bike ride from Baños (rented quality mountain bikes for $10/per person for entire day!). There are many stops along the way and then we hooked up the hikes outside El Pablo Del Diablo. Walked about 20 minutes to the waterfall and saw its stunning and powerful beauty. I recommend going in from both entrances because you will experience going under the waterfall where we entered but on the opposite side you will be able to stare and tske some real quality photos capturing it's epic essence.
  • It was a nice place, we got there by riding a bike, its not so far or difficult to get there. Wonderful views of some waterfalls and finally the big one and the cool stone stairs.
  • I won’t ever go back to Baños without visiting this place again and again. Absolutely an impressive waterfall by any measure, and a very pleasant walk to get there. Thirty minutes by public bus and an easy walk to the Nueva Entrada from the bus which stops at Rio Verde where you must get off, cross a broad empty lot which appears to double as a soccer field and parking lot, and then sort of follow your nose, looking slightly up to the street to the right for an alley where you turn left, and then go downhill toward the water. Poorly marked but if you look at the photos I post here it should be easy to find, nonetheless.
  • A must-see when in Banos de Agua Santa. It's such an awe inspiring waterfall. There are two routes to see it. The lower route is on a dirt path downhill and takes you to the lower viewing areas. It's a tough climb when going back to the parking lot. The upper route is much shorter. There are great views at the top, but being at the lower viewing areas offers a much more impressive view. When you leave you're given a ticket so you can cross a bridge and see the full waterfall from another angle.
  • Beautiful waterfall at the edge of the rainforest! I recommend taking a tour on the colorful bus.

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