Pailón del Diablo – The Devil’s Bowl

This is the famous waterfall, Pailón del Diablo, or the Devil's Bowl, as seen from the trail originating in Rio Verde.

This is the famous waterfall, Pailón del Diablo, or the Devil’s Bowl, as seen from the trail originating in Rio Verde.

If you only have to time to hike to a single waterfall while visiting the area around Baños, then the Pailón del Diablo should be your choice. We had read little about it before arriving but had been told by numerous Ecuadorians that it was a place we did not want to miss. For those of you who like surprises, I don’t want to ruin the experience for you so you may not want to read much further. But do keep in mind that you will need to take:

Rain gear – or dress in very light clothing that dries quickly;
Shoes that can handle slick rock;
A waterproof camera;
A waterproof bag for your more delicate electronics;
A flashlight if it’s a cloudy day or dimly lit spaces freak you out;
Money for the entrance that comes towards the end of the trail ($2 a person to be safe; take change);
Money for drinks along the trail or for a meal or snack at entrance to the falls;
And don’t take a big backpack… it will only get in your way.

Visit with a sense of adventure and be ready to practice the zen art of patience. The trail gets tight and one way traffic is a part of the experience. Curious yet?

Continue reading