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Address: Tena, Ecuador

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Amazing Waterfall

we had a hire car and took a trip from Baeza up to the falls, beautiful drive, make sure you have your passport with you as you need to register to enter , it's free entry which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
honeybunny2015
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Panama City, Panama
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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we had a hire car and took a trip from Baeza up to the falls, beautiful drive, make sure you have your passport with you as you need to register to enter , it's free entry which we found very surprising.The path is good and easy to walk down (30 min),bit more difficult on way back up, but just take... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to see the San Rafael waterfall in July 2016. Despite the dam upstream, which just started to operate this year, the water flow is still very powerful and impressive. The 1.5km path to access the viewpoint is very nice as well. It is definitely worth going to visit this huge cascade!

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Thank Celine G
Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We took the bus from Quito towards Lago Agrio and asked our bus driver to let of us at the waterfall. From here it is a short walk down to a place, where you have to registrer and then a 30 minute walk on a really nice and beautiful trail. The waterfall is really nice, but it is a shame,... More 

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Jaragua Do Sul, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

I enjoyed a lot!!!! You need a car to get there!!! You don't need walk to much to see the waterfall, but the walking is relaxing. You have an amazing view of the waterfall!!

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Thank Elisa P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

Lovely hike, easy wat to the falls. Nice people. Taking care of the environment. You will love to see San Rafael Falls!

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Quito, Ecuador
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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 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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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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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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Andrews, North Carolina
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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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