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El Paílón del Diablo - National Park Baños - Ecuador

A beautiful waterfall about one kilometer (0.6 mi) off the main road from Baños to Puyo, El Pailón del Diablo (the Devil's Cauldron) is well worth the visit. If you ride a bike from Baños (17 km/10.6 mi), you will pass several other waterfalls on your way. Park at the Restaurante Las Hortensias just after a small bridge and head downhill on a small footpath, which weaves through beautiful cloud forest until you reach a suspended bridge. You can view the waterfall from the bridge, or, for $0.50, pass through El Otro Lado restaurant and walk on their private path until you are almost close enough to touch the waterfall. There is great bird-watching here and you will see a variety of butterflies and orchids along the way.

If you biked down and don't relish the idea of biking all the way back to Baños (mostly uphill), the buses will help you stash your bikes or you can hitch a ride with someone passing through. Large flatbed trucks often park in front of Restaurante Hortensias, offering rides back to Baños (around $2 per person). The bus is much cheaper, but you will save the trek to the main road.


17 kilometers (10.6 mi) de Baños a Puyo

Around Baños, Baños, Ecuador

National Park

23 Nov 2012

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