Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), Banos

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Waterfall
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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  • Loved it! An easy hike down to see a gorgeous waterfall. Scenic from start to end - including a wobbly suspension bridge.  more »
  • We didn't know that we were going here and at first it appears to be just another waterfall visit....until the water bursts through a small opening in the rock face and cascades with immense power dow...  more »
  • I was expecting a pleasant day time activity, but it turned out to be a spectacular end to la ruta de las cascadas. The waterfall is truly impressive and the short walk to it is very pleasant!  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.
  • Incredible place hide in the misty forest. Not just the fall, which is awesome, but the hole trail and the surrounding
  • 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.