CASCADA EL PAILÓN

CASCADA EL PAILÓN, Banos: Hours, Address, CASCADA EL PAILÓN Reviews: 5/5

CASCADA EL PAILÓN
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8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Follow the signs to Cascada el Pailon. Look for the colorful Hummingbird and colorful flags. Cascada el Pailón del Diablo is a spectacular natural wonder which lies on the edge of the cloud forest. At an impressive 265 feet, the thunderous waterfall emits high columns of swirling mist and showcases the untouched beauty of Ecuador. Awe-inspiring and breath-taking, the waterfall is named as one of the biggest single-drop waterfalls in Ecuador. However, there is more than just a waterfall! Brave the exciting & uniquely inclined suspension bridges, walk the beautiful riverside, explore the impressive flora and fauna and enjoy incredible up-close balconies! Only from Cascada el Pailon can the falls be seen up close from top to bottom. Come join us for our magical evening hours where nature and art unite in a beautiful light show! This colorful and interactive self-guided pathway will take you on a journey to see the waterfall in color.
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,056 contributions
Dec 2021
Pailón de Diablo or the Devil's Cauldron is a waterfall in the Andes. It is one of several waterfalls that are achieved by following the route of the Pastaza River in the Province of Tungurahua. It is approximately 80 meters high, and about 20 meters deep. Hand-carved stands lead to a viewing platform with a splendid view. The closest town is Banos which is 20 kilometers away and takes about 30 minutes by bus to get there. $2 entry will get you the opportunity to hike down the steep canyon and up to the waterfalls.
Written January 13, 2022
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Kim J
California25 contributions
Apr 2022
This waterfall is so unique and meandering! We visited on Easter Sunday and it was being visited by many locals, lots of them enjoying the constant spray of cool water. Enjoy the vendors and food stalls on the way to the bridges that crisscross. Lots of selfie opportunities.
Written April 29, 2022
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KristineLynnBowman
Banos, Ecuador27 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The walk in (on through the old way) is stunning. Lots of friendly people, the restaurant will watch bags for free (otherwise it will get very wet).

The path through to get behind the water fall is something of an obstacle course. Prepare to crouch super low, crawling on hands and knees at some points.

The balconies offer stunning views, with invigorating spray from the falls.

I get vertigo, so my head didn't like the suspension bridge much, but still cross able.

Powerful place on this planet. We rode rented bikes (from Baños), which proved a great choice, as there are many places to stop along the way for snacks and stunning views of the valley.

Very low cost, we were able to park our bikes for free in Rio Verde, and it cost $3/person to enter to the falls.
Written January 26, 2020
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Jhonatan F
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Feb 2020
This place is wonderful to visit with family and friends, it has a huge waterfall but to get there you have to walk for about an hour,however you can take longer because you can see plants, rivers and all nature, you can also rest if you are not in good physical condition. It is really relaxing to walk, to know and taking a little shower in the waters that fall from the waterfall, not directly inside it, but with the water that splashes on your body. I recommend this magical place in this small city in Ecuador because it is the most natural thing you can experience in a world filled with everyday life.
Written March 24, 2020
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NatalieMalinowski
Munising, MI54 contributions
Feb 2020
The $2 entrance fee per person is -so- worth it! Best waterfall in the area. We walked to the upper viewing area. I feel you get a better perspective/pictures on the upper viewing area. It has good trails, about 15 min walk each way. Catch a taxi in Baños $5 each way about a 20 min ride, he will wait for you at the parking area for 1 hr for $15. Make sure you ask him to wait, as it’s hard to catch a taxi back. Make sure you don’t miss this!
Written March 4, 2020
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Maya
Hamburg, Germany29 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Beautiful place to visit and to walk around. Best time to visit is definitely in the week and not on weekends. I went there on a Saturday so it was crowded with people. I would love to have spent more time here but because of the pandemic I didn't wanted to stay in crowded places. Loved it anyways. This place will give you great views and amazing picture opportunities. Highly recommended!
Written August 29, 2021
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,144 contributions
Jan 2020
It took me 3 hours and 10 minutes to walk from Baños to the Devil's cauldron along the main road (17 km). The hike from Baños following the North bank of the Pastaza river is more rewarding, but takes 1 to 2 hours more and is not well marked. The trail is called Sendero de las Contrabandistas, as in the old days it was used by smugglers (of alcohol). Nowadays few people use it. Only met one person, an old lady in a shack during this hike.

If you have done the walk or the hike or in my case both, the waterfall is a bit of a disappointment as it is developed as a tourist attraction. Many vendors and stalls at the start and on the way down. Even disturbing disco music, though at the fall the thunderous sound of the falling water mass is eventually determining your experience. Indeed spectacular, especially if you scramble to it as close as possible from below. Nice to get wet and to be exposed to hard rock in a cave.

Hope that charging people for a view of nature which belongs to us all, is not becoming a new trend.
Written February 1, 2020
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Adventure beyond imagination
Munich, Germany14,605 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
The waterfall is really impressive with almost zero distance to feel the power just behind it. The trail towards the platform is easy and well maintained. Stunning views from different angles.
Written January 27, 2022
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,536 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We hired a private driver for 2 hours at $20. Yea, you can hop a bus for cheap, but he stopped at multiple waterfalls along the way, and, what the heck, they depend on the tourist dollar to get by. This waterfall was great. Easy downhill hike through the trees and past multiple food vendors. Thunderous falls throws quite a spray of water, with the option of crawling around behind the falls for a real soaking. Stupendous vistas, wooden cable bridge, nice hike, it’s no wonder it’s the #1 attraction in Banos. Excellent.
Written January 29, 2020
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SaharaBlonde
Washington DC, DC157 contributions
Dec 2020
Absolute must see. I've been few times to Niagara Falls (and not one extremely fascinated by waterfalls in general lol) and so I questioned really 'how great can this waterfall be' and there is nothing like being able to come so incredibly close to one and hear the roar of its force. The best way to get there is the chivas truck tours offered throughout Banos for $5. They hit up all of the major waterfalls and then at the end give a good hour for the Pailon del Diablo. We had plenty of time to hike down (from the Old Entrance, which helps the local communities. The new entrance is foreign owend), take photos, enjoy its grandiosity and have a drink overlooking the beautiful scenery.
Written January 11, 2021
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Both entrances are owned by Ecuadorians. I can’t speak for the old entrance, but the new entrance has a monthly food distribution for the retired elderly in Rio Verde and nearby areas. The new entrance also heavily sponsors a home for teen girls that are in high risk situation and helps provide better education for hundreds. I am sorry that you were misled. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Both sides are beautiful.
Written March 6, 2021
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