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“Great escape from the city”
Review of The 7 Cascadas

The 7 Cascadas
Ranked #23 of 65 things to do in Sucre
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Broome, Australia
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79 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great escape from the city”
Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

The hike to these cascades was well worth the effort!
In total about 1-1:20mins to walk from bus to the pools (I walk pretty fast and did 1hour).
Directions - it's not the most clearly laid path, but it's not overly difficult and will probably be people to follow...
Take bus Q from calle Junin outside of mercado, go until the last stop (about 30mins?). Walk about 50m down the road and turn right, follow this for about 200m to a T intersection and turn Left onto a main dirt road. Follow this straight (straight!) for a while, about 20mins, past little tiendas and restaurants, until a 4 way intersection where straight is a dead end. Turn right and following this road as it curves around left and then right again (you will pass a red tienda called tienda siete cascadas). In front of you the road sort of ends at some houses, but there is a path to the right which takes you to the gorge in the distance. You walk downhill for about 10mons to dry river bed which is maybe Y shaped. A path continues straight ahead b/w the 2 forward river beds. Follow this path in the (right) river bed for about 5mins as you will reach the first pools.

Pools 1-2 are dirty. You har to climb a little to 3-4, the up over more rocks to 5-6, then to get to the last pool follow a path on the right which goes into the bushes and you appear at the top of the cascade at the last pool. You can also climb the last cascade to a set of small streams where there are some small pools for a few people. Unlikely that anybody else will be at these. This last ascend/descend is the most challenging.

Well worth the walk/sun for a few hours of relaxation and peace at the top.

4 Thank JPescape
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Sucre, Bolivia
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

When I first arrived at the waterfalls I was not impressed by what I saw. The first pool was very dirty and looked like laundry water. So we climbed up to the second one and it was full of garbage and also non-swimmable water. Again, we climbed and the thrid waterfall was beautiful!!! The water was sparkling blue and the water was so clean. I did the 1 day trek with Condor Tours, and it definately provided the results I wanted. You can climb the waterfall and do cliff diving as well, the water is very deep....it was an amazing experience!!

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Andrea B
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“Only in wet saison!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

It is pretty difficult to get there, and then there are no big wather falls. But nice for a cold swim, and there aren't too many people.

Visited June 2013
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San Diego, California
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“So much fun!”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We got restless studying Spanish so we decided to get some sun. Finding the correct bus to get on was an adventure. You have to take the Q bus. But wait, not that Q bus, the other Q bus! Apparently you have to take Q, but going 1 of the 4 directions. It didn't help that several bus drivers just didn't want to pick us gringos up. We finally figured out which one was the correct bus because there was a group of locals waiting right next to us who also wanted to go on the hike. We followed them onto the correct bus- one which a driver had told us was the wrong bus. At this point I don't remember which street the correct bus was on.

The drive is fun and you go through the local market and get to see the outskirts of Sucre. It's easy to know where to get off because it's the last stop, in the middle of nowhere, and there are a bunch of other buses. Plus our local friends got off and told us to get off as well. We wound our way through the little neighborhood, bought some bananas for snacks, and followed our friends who were nice enough to keep beckoning us this way and that. You basically continue walking the direction you were going on the bus, and take a right when you reach the end of the houses. Then you go all the way down the big hill until you reach the creek bed.

We are really lucky we had people to follow. When you get to the creek bed you're in a valley and can't see which way to go. We had to tell other lost people where to go as well. Just keep going upstream of the riverbed. You'l know when you get there, because there are people everywhere. There must have been at least 100 people hanging out and BBQing. In fact we and one other group were the only gringos! But it was a lot of fun wandering up the waterfalls. Sure, they're not huge spectacular falls, but a lot of fun nonetheless. The guys ended up swimming in the second to last waterfall, which they all regretted because it was COLD.

I was the only one in my group who was able to climb up to the last waterfall. It is a weird climb up and a lot of people were scared when coming back down. There is a section where you have to lower yourself quite a ways down with your feet floating in midair, and you can't see anything either. So don't climb the last waterfall unless you've got a good stomach for heights!

Before we left we tried some BBQ,got to play some weird string instrument, and also got a bunch of applause from the locals for climbing up a rock (because we had given them applause climbing down a rock lol).

Overall I really enjoyed this hike. The way back was easy enough and there were plenty of buses to take us back. Though I'm not sure we had any chance of finding it without our new friends!

Visited May 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Waterfalls? More like trickles of not so clear water!”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We went to Siete Tazas in Chile which features seven big waterfalls that feed into each other. That was visually spectacular, and so I thought that this would be sort of similar. Wrong. Firstly, the trail isn't anything special, but it does make for a nice day trip from Sucre. After seeing only city for a while it's also pleasant to see some of the countryside outside of Sucre. The waterfalls are very small, with only the tiniest of trickles pouring out. The water is also not the cleanest, and when we were there there was a lot of rubbish around the pool. There was a church group of kids and a teacher from Sucre who were also there, playing in the pool, and they were really friendly, even showing us the right trek to get to the other two waterfalls. Go, if you'd like to see something a bit different from the city, but I honestly would skip this - nothing special scenically and the nature isn't that stunning.

Visited May 2013
Thank Julia W
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