Cueva del Esplendor
Cueva del Esplendor
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Lily M
New York City, NY151 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
This is a very special place that you shouldn’t miss if you are in Jardin.

I hate tours but for this case I do recommend taking the tour that organized by the owner of the cave( the cave is on a private property).

The hike there can not be as pleasant as other hikes around Jardin bc the trail seems to be the same path as jeeps and motorbikes. Doing it yourself ends up only slightly cheaper than taking the tour but again for this one I recommend taking the tour specially if you are in Jardin for a short time and I am not the type taking any tours!
Written January 20, 2022
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eatlots
Belfast, UK77 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
I would highly recommend going here! I think it was one of the nicest and most unique waterfalls I've seen. We got a tuk tuk as far it would bring me for 25000 and then walked along the trail. There is a house close to the waterfall that you pay 20000 at for a guide and a juice. They also have nice chicken pies! The water was very cold, wished o had brought a jumper for after
Written December 18, 2021
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waalitjkoort
Alice Springs, Australia102 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took a tuktuk to finca las brisas for 25000 pesos and then walked 4km to the finca. The waterfall was amazing. We then walked back to Jardin via the mountain ridge (la salada). The walk was highly enjoyable and easily done especially if you have a maps.me or another map program on your phone.

A visit to the cave waterfall is highly recommended and the walk is highly recommended, too.
Written February 16, 2020
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Kristen K
Portland, OR127 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
One of the reasons I am writing this review is because there is so little information available online about how to see Cueva del Esplendor. We visited Cueva del Esplendor by booking a tour through the tourism office that is on the edge of town in Jardin (Carrera 2a # 14-118). The tour included roundtrip transportation by jeep, as well as water, snacks, and a guide. When I looked it up online, I found conflicting reports about how long the jeep ride was and how long the hike is. The jeep ride was much longer than I expected (~45 min) and the hike was much shorter than I expected (~30 min plus the time you spend at the waterfall).

The waterfall is gorgeous and the hike not very strenuous, although it is slippery. Thankfully, there are cables along the path to hold onto. Definitely recommend wearing athletic shoes or hiking boots and wearing a swimsuit. The water is freezing, but worth jumping in!
Written March 16, 2019
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Millet02
Atlanta, GA508 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Only one tour company, listed here, had rights to run tours to control access and damage to the cave. If you prefer to go on your own you can take a taxi up to the first gate, then it's a long walk uphill to the farm where the path starts.

This is one of the worst trails we've been on in 6 months traveling through the Andes. It's steep, uneven, muddy, slick, and requires jumping rocks to cross the river. Lots of steps built from rocks as well.

It's worth seeing, but you need to be fairly fit and not have any mobility issues, especially if it's raining when you go. The trail is straight down for 30-40 minutes, and of course you have to come back up the same.
Written April 28, 2019
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tikibartobe
alexandria, virginia302 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
The trip to the cave was booked with the official tour company listed here on ta. Departed from their office in jeeps. The ride up was beautiful. We departed the Jeep for about a 20 minute walk to the finca where we were greeted with breakfast. Bathrooms were available. Then a hike to the cave along a river. Wet and rocky but enjoyable. The prize was amazing. Stayed for pictures and some went in the swimming hole. Returned back to the finca fresh fruit juice was offered and a corn fritter. The guides were very professional and kind. So glad we took the tour.
Written August 26, 2018
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jaimitoukraine
6 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
Well worth the visit - I'd recommend getting some for of transport up [horse, car etc] and then walking back as it's a lovely hike down :-)
Written May 27, 2019
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mdl100468
Harlech, UK72 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
After reading several reviews saying the cave was closed, I was pleased to book a trip to visit it today. I paid 55,000 COP to ride in a Jeep to the farm above the cave then walk for about 15 minutes on a steep muddy path to the cave itself. It was very nice. The whole excursion was professionally done. We were given snacks for the ride and breakfast before visiting the cave, then drinks after. Definitely worth the 4 hour round trip.
Written May 3, 2018
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Gianfranco L
Hamburg, Germany64 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
This is an amazing place. When in the town of Jardin, you can organize your day trip to Cueva del Esplendor. You can rent a horse or go by foot. It will take around five hours roundtrip, including about one hour in th cave where you can swim, and a picnic on your way back. Highly recommended doing it with a guide
Written February 26, 2017
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Lily
Sacramento, CA8 contributions
Aug 2019
We walked and it took us 3 hours going up the hiking trail/horse path. There is also a road that is 2 km shorter that comes up from the opposite side of town that we didn’t know about until we asked the owners. Doing the whole loop was about 13 miles (21 km) and it took 7 hours including a few stops and our time at the cave.

We paid the entrance and they let us in and told us there was a guide down there with some other people and that we would have to come up with them. We got down as the group was leaving and only had 5 minutes at the cave and it was really disappointing.

We didn’t realize until later that the guides are employees of the finca and that they take people down to the cave in turns. So if you come up on your own, and there is no one there who will take you down to the cave, wait until a group comes up and then go with their guide. Don’t let them send you down there without one
Written August 27, 2019
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