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“Very nice and rewarding, but be carefull with the traffic if you go by bike”

Ruta de las cascadas
Ranked #4 of 46 things to do in Banos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The route is fascinated, but you must be careful with the traffic if you go by bike. You can rent a bike for $7 in Baños. I recommend you go early in the morning when there is less traffic. When you arrive to the end of the ride, which is 22 KM aprox, you can visit the great waterfall: Pailon del Diablo, and take a nice walk.. It definitely closes an entertaining and active day. There's a place to leave bikes while you take the walk. You can return to Baños is a truck that drives people and bikes back to Baños, for $2/person. But be patient, since the truck drivers don't have a regular schedule so you may have to wait for an hour.

Thank ViviToro
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

This is not the best way to go for the unfit. Or the novice biker. While it is mostly downhill, it is not all downhill. You are also riding on the side of a busy (at least when we went, Saturday afternoon) road. Some drivers were good about pulling out around us, but then there were others, especially the giant trucks and buses, that would keep barrelling along, even though there weren't cars in the other lane. It's a pretty ride, but harder to enjoy while biking in the very narrow shoulder (if there even was one) while cars zoomed by on your left.
It is also verryy windy; sometimes you are biking straight into headwinds that make it difficult to go straight, and then a truck passes on your left.
We also got kind of a late start, and therefore arrived at el diablo just before 6; we were worried that if we walked down we would miss the last truck bringing bikes/people back to Banos, but the driver recommended we bike down along the road a little further and there would be a place where we could see the waterfall. We had arranged on biking back into the town area to meet him for the ride back, but he ended up coming and getting us while we were on our way back (thank god!).
It's also I guess a quick hike down to the waterfall, but then an hour or so grueling hike back up. After biking over 10km, that didn't sound fun at all. Were planning on going to the waterfall where you could go swimming. Did not make it.
Bikes were more expensive than we were expecting ($15.00 for both renting them at about 2:30)

Good thing: FREE bike parking in the community of the diablo waterfall.

Thank esstates
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Its a really great feeling to do this way by bike. The nature its really nice and the waterfalls you can see, its just wow. I went till Puyo, nice little town in the jungle. And from there it is no problem to get a bus and drive back to Baños... go for t!!!

Thank Tom C
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We took the tour on the open air bus. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a great time. The cable car rides were breathtaking and Paillon del Diablo was incredible

Thank Elizabeth- J
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

I'm not a big fan of waterfall roadtrips, as there's a certain similarity to the flow, and photos of waterfalls tend to lack drama and scale. But the last waterfall on this route is amazing, with two wooden footbridges across the river and a trail up to the top, and almost under the waterfall. A few people in our group were afraid of the dramatic and damp last 100 yards, but most of our group thought the finale was awesome. Our hotel made the arrangements for the tour on a modern bus. Dress warmly if you want to sit in the seats on top of the bus in order to take advantage of the outdoor view. As an alternative to the big modern bus, there's a colorful, funky bus that seems to do the same route. Taxis will also make the trip, but you might miss the guided commentary, which was Spanish only on our trip. Carry a little extra money as some of the options on the route, including the last waterfall visit, require small extra fees.

Thank happyTexantoo
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