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“Inhaled Exhaust and BLARING Music”

Ruta de las cascadas
Ranked #4 of 45 things to do in Banos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 22, 2014

The scenery tried to make up for the discomfort en route, but I have to warn travelers that this tour is set up with open air buses (everyone underdressed as it was Much Colder than the temperature in town) that spew thick exhaust into the open air that circulates into the bus, the music they played was deafening and made conversation Impossible. The tour stops at a face-down zip line across the river for $10. which looks pretty safe and fun, and they pick you up on the other side of the river, but the haranguing to participate gives it a tourist trap flavor that was not what I signed up for. The waterfalls were lovely, but the overall tone of this trip was that we were herded like sheep and Processed with the same consideration as farm animals to our comfort and sensitivity to the environment. CANNOT recommend.

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Our group biked all the way from Banos to Puyo. Man, 60km through the mountains is a long way! But if you're not up for a tiring ride, the first 20km or so has most of the waterfalls and cool scenery, and the majority of the first part is a downhill coast on your bike. Seeing that a bicycle rental is $5 to $7 for the entire day, it's a wonderful and inexpensive way to see some very beautiful vistas with green mountains, valleys, rivers, and waterfalls.

If you decide to go all the way to Puyo, a lot of the last parts are uphill and there's no bike trail. It's still beautiful as Ecuador tends to be, but the last 40km is on the curvy mountain highway with buses and trucks passing by very closely.

Thank Brandon8080
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

From Banos la Ruta de las Cascadas is an easy few hour excursion that provides enjoyable scenery. The route is mostly downhill, very modest exercise, and there were few places where I felt uneasy about passing cars - cars did generally slow down and leave plenty of passing room, and many parts of the trail were separated from the roadway. We went as far Pailon del Diablo where a tourism official greeted us, showed us where we could lock our bikes, and pointed us towards the falls. We paid the admission fee to see the falls, the small suspension bridge, and few narrow brick paths around the waterfall. Back at the parking lot for the waterfall, we waited for the next truck to take us and our bikes back to Banos. We unfortunately just had missed the last truck, so had to wait for enough people to gather around for the driver to go. The same tourism official seemed to organize getting the tourists together to go. Maybe about a 20-25 minute wait. There's a bench in the back of the covered truck where the bikes are locked up where you sit on the way back (no seatbelts, hang on!). Cycling was a nice way to travel La Ruta de las Cascadas.

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

This trip is a must do if you're in Baños!!

We rented bicycles in Baños, headed downhill (almost all of the trip was downhill), and decided to stop along the way for a quick zipline. There are plenty of places to pull over, check out the waterfalls, zipline, grab food, do a little kitschy shopping, and bridge swing.

Unfortunately we got a late start and it started to get dark as we were hiking up from the diablo waterfall so we hitched a ride back to Baños in a covered truck with our bicycles. The whole trip was inexpensive (bikes, the ride back, and one entrance fee of $.50).

Thank Olivia W
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

If you don't have anything to do, go there! The waterfalls are just ok and nothing really special. There are lot's of ziplining if you want. We didn't, but I did it in Costa Rica and it's really nice! Maybe you have a better experience doing it!

Thank Di_Ferro
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