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Ruta de las cascadas, Banos
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Cycle from waterfall to waterfall along Ruta de las cascadas, a 61 km (37 mi) road that's perfectly suited to adventures on two wheels. The road winds its way between Banos and Puyo, through mountains, canyons, and lush valleys. Stop at Cascada de Agoyan to admire the route's number one attraction, a twin waterfall that you can view from a high bridge or by taking a gondola ride from the fall's base. You can observe much of the route's best scenery in the 18 km (11 mi) between Banos and El Diablo. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Banos holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ruta de las cascadas and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • By little silver is leases a bicycle by the day in baths and of there to pedal some kilometers with the best view, several waterfalls in the road and other activities that one can stop to do as the canopy. It is tiring and have to be careful because the path is the same road by which go all cars. Try to avoid doing so with rain but as can be! If you arrive at the end of the tour you can visit the Pailón del Diablo and to return have to pay him to a truck that takes you back to Baños with the bicycle.
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  • This is one of the things that if you are a lover of adventure you'll love making. You can rent a bicycle in a hostel or a sightseeing spot (although I think that tourism sites can get you more expensive). Mine took 6$ for rent by the day, and from there you can do the route. It is the main road that leads to Puyo, and there isn't exactly a ciclovia in most sections, but takes part of the canal of the cars that come down to Puyo, so you must be very careful, and the use of helmets is mandatory. Most of the section is descent, so it is not as strong, but some parts are going up and can be difficult for someone not used to the bike. You can do the leg, to reach the Pailón del Diablo and follow until another waterfall to bathe. I got the Pailón only because it clouded and was doing something cool. For the return, which if rise and more difficult, most pay 2USD in Rio Verde (where is the Pailón) and from there a truck brings you (and your bike) back to bathrooms. Recommended: sunscreen, plenty of water and fruit or something to eat, because it depends on your physical condition and how much do stop at the waterfalls can take you between hour and half and up to three hours or more. It is an incredible experience, and was completely worth the investment.
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  • My Spanish teacher and I took a $6 tour bus from a company in downtown Banos. They took us through town to pick up some other tourists and then they drove us to a number of waterfalls along the Ruta d...  more »