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“Great hiking trails” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nambilla Cascadas

Nambilla Cascadas
Mindo, Ecuador
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Ranked #9 of 19 things to do in Mindo
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Great hiking trails”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Hiked to the reina waterfall and Nambilla waterfall on separate days. Bring waterproofs and good footwear...we were caught in a terrible downpour and had to return. you need to take the cable car to cross the ravine ($5 return). Taxis cost $8 to and from mindo, found this quite expensive if alone, but if you can share the costs between a group if it's a van. There is also a chiva/ bus that provides transport to and from mindo.

Visited January 2013
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“Awesome Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I come from a mountain state in the U.S., where trails are marked and maybe even a bit over used. This felt adventurous! It was slightly challenging to find the 'correct' trail...although, eventually I think that they all led to the same destination. And the switchbacks were: steep, challenging and fun. We had to use ropes to get up and down some of the trail. I was really fun and beautiful. We only made it to the first falls when a big electrical storm cut loose, so we abandoned the rest of the hike and headed back, the lightening was intense that day. But don't let that stop you, I think this storm might have been and exception to the rule. At the first fall that we made it to, you can jump off of a 50'+ cliff into the river, and there is a winding slide that just stops, and you drop about 40' into the river. For reals. Fun stuff. Rope swings.
Warning: If you canopy tour, make sure that you are on a safe and reputable tour, we saw one that is certain death for someone in the near future; worn out equipment. Also, for reals.
Have fun. It was awesome!

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful & invigorating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

We enjoyed the cascadas so much we went back on a second day. The Tarabita (cable car) across to the paths is not for the faint-hearted but exciting nonetheless. Our tour guide in Mindo, Alex (across from Dragonfly Inn) drew out his own map of the walks and it was really helpful because it included walking times between them. There are many waterfalls to visit. Give yourself plenty time to get to each and back before darkness. Take swimming clothes too and take a really invigorating dip in the falls.

Visited September 2011
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Joshua, Texas, United States
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“decent trails, waterfalls”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Waterfalls themselves are something to enjoy. We hiked and saw 7 of 8 waterfalls. The biggest is another hour walk and would be worth it but we had other things to do. Some would say waterfalls are just waterfalls, but if you appreciate them, this is a good activity, even the cable car that takes you across the river valley. Get there early to avoid the crowds.

Visited July 2012
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“A visit here is great fun, but I don't think it would pass a rigorous health and safety check!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

There are two approaches to this waterfall: you can take a cable car across the valley (an adventure in itself) to the Waterfall Sanctuary, where you can visit 8 different waterfalls.

Or you can hike down to the Nambilla River, downstream from the waterfall, where there are a number of adventure activities: a rope swing, a water slide built into the rock wall out of concrete, and a couple of places to jump several meters into the water below. (Do NOT jump from these without testing the depth of the water first!!).

We did this latter visit on a Monday, and there was almost nobody around. At weekends, I imagine it would have been much busier with weekenders from Quito. There are two small changing rooms.

We tried the water slide, and it was genuinely exhilarating, as you reach quite a speed on the way down, and have little control over your entry into the (cold) water. (I did a massive belly-flop the second time!).

Once in the water, there are a couple of ropes across the river to grab onto, as the current is fairly strong. You haul yourself ashore - in an undignified manner - using these.

I have no doubt that this activity would not be allowed in North America or Europe, on account of its potential danger.

Visited May 2012
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