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. Work out when and for how long to visit Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) and other Banos attractions using our handy Banos trip itinerary builder.
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  • Without a doubt the best views that's may have in all bathrooms. Although you should go prepared due to the physical conditions required all the trail. You have definitely won the title of "best ecological path of the Ecuador".
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  • Goods during our round trip a day in the area. The waterfall is really gorgeous and we are moved by both sides. Each page is attractive, unfortunately you can not completely back through go. From one side, one can but up behind the waterfall. Although slippery and it is behind "dripping", sometimes has to crawl, but worth. Compulsory program if one is there.
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  • A beautiful monstrosity check by nature I recommend much but stained to go with clothes because one gets wet in the caves and in the bleachers because it is so strong splashes a lot
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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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