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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  • Not a lot of people know, but there are two entrances to see the waterfall. The main one is the one that continues with the road. This is the entrance where it takes 30 or so minutes to reach this bea...  more »
  • It has 2 paths, a 30-minute short, and another that can take more than one hour. I met the short route, and the truth is that it is very beautiful, is under water and clearly appreciate the force of the water. Passed by 2 beautiful suspension bridges, with a privileged view. There are jobs in the entrance where they sell food, and there is advanced to the walk. Super easy access.
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  • We highly recommend renting a bike and make the route of the waterfalls... the way is easy, going downhill and going through different waterfalls. The most impressive the Pailón. It has 2 entries, charge in each of them. It is worth at least to 1. to return to the city there are trucks that raise the bike and charge you a passage... But if they have good physical condition can return by the same route (now in ascent) with bikes. Beautiful experience!
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  • I have seen a lot of waterfalls in my time but this is 1 of the more impressive ones I have visited. It's pretty powerful and you get up very close to it. You can really feel the power. It's $1.50 to get in and worth the side trip if in Banos.
  • Truly stunning. Hire a bike from Banos and you can cycle here in no time at all. Waterproofs and/or a change of clothes are recommended, a waterproof camera will be very handy too (hard to keep your camera dry at any point). If you want to fully explore then you will get soaked head to toe, you can stay more or less dry and visit most of the falls though.
  • Best place to hike in Banos. Gorgeous waterfall, cheap to get to. To avoid all the money traps, just get a public bus marked for Pailon Del Diablo for 50c.
  • The walk down is well maintained, and provides great views of the waterfall. You can even walk behind the falls, but be prepared to get wet!
  • Very beautiful waterfall. The largest in Ecuador seems it?
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