"BANOS: RENT BIKE! JUMP OFF BRIDGE! CROSS CANYON" Ecuador Things to Do Tip by swesn
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Mountain bike rentals are available in Banos. A popular route is the scenic route to Puyo which is the gateway to the jungle tours in the Amazon.
Even if you don't make it all the way to Puyo, do make the trip anyway (or hitch-hike part of the way) at least until Pailon del Diablo. This must be the road with the most stunning view in Ecuador.
The road at times go through tunnels, and at times go off-road (gravel, not paved) around the tunnels, overhanging by the side of the cliffs, with spectacular views looking down at the Pastaza river. Along some sections, you might even be sprinkled from atop by small waterfalls.
Along the road, soon, you would come across a hydroelectric dam. Unless the gates are opened, you are most likely just going to see a trickle of waterfalls below.
There is a bridge where adrenalin junkies can get a dose of bridge-jumping.
When you reach Rio Verde, spare some time to hike down to the waterfall called Pailon del Diablo, or Devil's Cauldron. There is a suspension bridge from where you can see the falls properly. However, if the dam gates are closed, again, it is not going to be quite a 'cauldron'.
Another thing to try along the way is to take the 'tarabita' which are exposed cable-car across the canyon.
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