Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), Banos

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Plunging water makes quite a spectacle at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), 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 Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • In chiva for $ 5 / approx. 2 h tour or bus for direct 50ct or bicycle for the day, env env $ 5. the turisty is to see the top and bottom. Admission fees of the two places. Not more than $ 2. Impressive walls and natural atipiques.
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  • Took a 25 minute bus ride from Banos de Agua Santa to the village of Rio Verde. A short walk downhill and across the bridge brings one to the trailhead. From there about a 20 minute walk down into the...  more »
  • There are two paths to the falls so check with you driver/guide/hotel. The path we took gives a great view down the falls whereas the other path brings you under the falls. Take your pick. Either way ...  more »
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  • Super beautiful and cool waterfall. Wasn't exactly a hike to the waterfall... but the bridge and view was amazing! Lots of people... don't know when it's not crowded.
  • With all the paragliding, canyoneering, swinging, paddling, and such, this treasure gets overlooked. I think that this is a must see attraction in Baños. Walk here, rent a buggy thing and drive here, rent a bike and pedal here, or just take a local bus and ride here, but do check it out. The park path down to the viewing point for the falls is very clean, well maintained and just a pretty walk. Unless you want to skip the best part, bring rain gear, or get real wet.
  • Incredible place hide in the misty forest. Not just the fall, which is awesome, but the hole trail and the surrounding
  • Gorgeous and powerful waterfall.
  • The highlight of Banos.

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Banos is full of hotels and hostels, yet during weekends and holidays most fill up quickly despite a considerable hike in prices. Reserve in advance to take advantage of discounts and choose a room with views. You can find some of the area's finest lodgings in elegant guesthouses on the edge of town, where each room comes with free Wi-Fi and access to carefully maintained gardens. Consider also the town's rental apartments, ideal for families with little kids.
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