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Address: Tena, Ecuador
Activities: Hiking

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Great waterfall, not much hiking

As of April 2015, the waterfall is still flowing fully, not yet affected by the dam construction. However, we couldnt find any information listed in my guide books about hikes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Quito, Ecuador
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Quito, Ecuador
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

As of April 2015, the waterfall is still flowing fully, not yet affected by the dam construction. However, we couldnt find any information listed in my guide books about hikes, to the top or other view points. the park officials only told us we could go to the main viewpoint, which is about a 15 min walk on a wide,... More 

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Tena, Ecuador
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is an amazing sight and close by is another waterfall rio malo, san rafael is a must see as it will no longer be as big as pictured due to hidro damns upstrema so if you egt a chance go and visit!

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Pocola, Oklahoma
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

I have visited many beautiful waterfalls and this one was ok. The trail to reach it was muddy, slippery, and challenging at times. If your goal is a morning trek in nature, then go for it. There were nice pools that the locals were enjoying.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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113 reviews 113 reviews
41 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I really enjoyed viewing this waterfall of nearly 500 ft in height. Sadly it may be de-watered soon. If you have the chance visit now before it is gone. I kayaked the Rio Quijos down to the dam above the waterfall. The dam will only cover up one class II rapid but it will also effectively dewater the waterfall.

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Canton, Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I've visited here 4 times, saddens me that this will be gone when the Coco-Sinclair dam upstream on the Rio Quijos is completed, nice easy hike, beautiful views, nice photo opportunity, they were requiring passports or photo ID last time I was there so bring ID.

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Montreal, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We saw quite a few waterfalls around Banos, but this one is amazing! Just gigantic! Loved it! And the hike to get there is really nice (nice track, great surroundings, fun bridges!).

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The road was significantly better than we were lead to believe and the sites along the way were beautiful. The waterfall was gorgeous.

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

My dream was to go there but the road was close and nobody tell as anything o any information about these matter

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Quito, Ecuador
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The waterfall was closed since the bridges to reach it had fallen because of the weather. Must visit this in my next trip.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

From the small town of Baeza, it's about 1.5 -2.5 hours to get to the waterfall San Rafael with a step-over in el chaco. The drive is through beautiful scenery, but still, it's quite a long drive for what turned out to be only a short hike to the viewpoint of the waterfall. The hike is through a lush and... More 

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