Ruta de las cascadas

Ruta de las cascadas, Banos: Address, Phone Number, Ruta de las cascadas Reviews: 4.5/5

Ruta de las cascadas
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Cheryl G
143 contributions
Lovely Views and Waterfalls
Sep 2021
Went on a $5 party bus tour of Ruta de las Cascades. Fabulous drive through rainforest mountains and small villages while stopping to view and photograph the various waterfalls. While El Pailon was most impressive, the others were much smaller and sometimes hard to see.
Written September 28, 2021
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Martine Billing
Lima, Peru19 contributions
Fun and active
Feb 2020 • Friends
Riding along the rainforest covered mountains, through tiny villages and passing beautiful waterfalls: this was a great activity!

We spent about 1 1/2 hours all the way from Baños to el Pailon del Diablo (the Devils Caldron), stopping to watch and photograph the breathtaking waterfalls along the way. It’s an easy ride with a slope downhill more or less all the way. I guess you’d spend about 30 minutes if you don’t stop. At the Devils Caldron there are busses waiting so you can bring your bike and skip the uphills getting back to Baños. Two of us went on the bus, while me and another friend biked back. It’s totally doable and we spent about 1 1/2 hours on the way back, but this time without stops.

I would though not recommend this route for travelers with children, elders, etc. You will be biking along the main road where cars and trucks will be passing you, sometimes quite fast and rather close. We mostly felt okay, but you should be cautious and take care. Parts of the way are bike/walking only, but you will have to share the road with cars most of the time. This is why I don’t give the experience a full rating.

The prices vary somewhat depending on who and where you rent from. It may be a good idea to pass by a couple of options and ask when you’re there. We had no problems renting that same day and did not make any reservations for this activity.

We were very happy none the less, and very much enjoyed this active way of seeing and exploring the Ecuadorian part of the Amazon. I would definitely do it again, and recommend it, keeping in mind the caution that should be taken.
Written January 21, 2021
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Mirjam S
Bern, Switzerland17 contributions
Sucks by bike
Jan 2021 • Couples
We rented a bike to go see the various waterfalls. We wouldn't do it again. Most of the time you have to follow the highway, with lots of stinky traffic on it. Vehicles passing you by like crazy, honking all the time... Pretty dangerous (and we are actually used to riding bikes).

Ended up in the devil's pailón - stunning & a must do!
Took the bus back but had to wait for almost 2 hours... Due to Covid the driver wanted to wait for more passengers. So we waited...
Written January 6, 2021
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Ryan C
Grand Junction, CO14 contributions
Bicycling la Ruta ( Baños to Puyo)
Dec 2020 • Solo
This route is very scenic, but be prepared for some highway traffic. The commercial traffic is very curious towards cyclists, but you should be comfortable having large trucks and buses passing closely. Some of the route escapes the highway where it goes through tunnels, offering a bypass. Some of the bypasses are paved, cobbled or gravel. A road bike with wide tires will work, but anything too skinny would make for a rough ride. The decent to Puyo is about 40 miles and includes 3000 feet of climbing, although the total decent is about 3000 feet of elevation. You can end your journey at any point along the way by hitching a truck shuttle or take a bus if they have cargo room for a bike (I was successful in doing this from Puyo). A return trip is possible, but would include about 6000 feet of climbing from Puyo and you will mostly be on the cliff side of the highway.
Written December 11, 2020
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Viviana M
1 contribution
Beautiful views you get Baños de Agua Santa and your waterfall route
Mar 2020
Two weeks ago I decided to travel with my family to bathrooms, to rest from the city and its stress. Baños has been a beautiful landscape which I never imagined has so many attractions as it is: the church, extreme sports, viewpoints, swimming pools, its gastronomy and its beautiful waterfalls which contain a lot of history.
What attracted us most about this incredible trip was that there are tours to observe the waterfalls, which are full of nature and history. The first waterfall that we visited was the Virgin waterfall, which is very beautiful and has a natural pool of water, this waterfall has a very incredible history, which tells us that every night the mother of the Sanctuary would bathe in those waterfalls, that's why visitors come there to heal their wounds. The second waterfall we met was the bride's cloak, this waterfall has that name because it resembles the bride's cloak. The third waterfall was the gate of heaven, its inhabitants call it that because it leads to the city of Baños. And the last married was the devil's pailón, in the course to get there there are handicrafts and food places, this waterfall is called that because it has a shape similar to a paila.
This visit to this beautiful city was a great experience, which cannot be missed. I invite you to visit and observe that beautiful nature that this Piece of Heaven has.
Written March 23, 2020
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Sol L
Tel Aviv, Israel116 contributions
The waterfall is beautiful and the omega to it is an experience attraction
Feb 2020
On a rainy day with quite a bit of rain we arrived. The staff was very welcoming and the site was incomplete. We spent a lovely time moving to the other side and back. Charming two hours and incorporating moderate exercise
Written March 15, 2020
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Invictus1867
Point Pleasant, West Virginia189 contributions
Bring earplugs
Feb 2020 • Couples
The waterfalls are beautiful. What has been done in front of every one of them is disgusting. You cant even hear the water from the music blaring from the busted speakers of the buses and carnival rides.
Written February 27, 2020
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maia s
2 contributions
Spectacular
Jan 2020
Views, exercise and just plain fun
We were two couples travelling together so we engaged a private driver to take us along this spectacular route. There are nearly a dozen waterfalls and the route has developed into a major tourist attraction that is probably very busy on weekends. There are also several cable
Written February 19, 2020
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Mel G
San Juan, Puerto Rico214 contributions
Fun way to cross river
Jan 2020
Thrilling cable car ride across the river with a pause half way to really get a good view of the cascades.
Written February 9, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,799 contributions
Seven Waterfalls
Jan 2020
For me the best way to explore the gorge of the Pastaza river between Banos and Puyo was on foot. There is a trail called the Sendero de los Contrabandistas on the south side of the canyon. It is not well marked, but taking this route gives you an idea of nature and you avoid the tourist traps on the other side of the river.

The seven waterfalls along the road (Banos to Puyo) are sold as a product for tourists. I wonder if people realize that if they take a Chiva tour bus, they contribute to noise and air pollution. Locals in at least one village blocked to road once to protest the noisy illuminated party buses going through their village. If walking is not your thing there is a local (blue) bus on the same route as the Chiva buses, that stops at all the places of interest. Though I am a fanatic cyclist I would not recommend to cycle along the highway. It is not safe and the traffic is horrible. Especially the first tunnel east of Banos is dangerous. The tunnel is now illuminated, but the side of the road is slippery.
Written February 7, 2020
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