PAILÓN DIABLO Waterfall

Is the most visited waterfall in Ecuador. At an impressive 265 feet or 80 meters this aqueous plunge of millions of cubic feet per second, truly shakes the earth. The Pailón or "Big Cauldron" portion of the name describes the large bowel at the falls base, while the Diablo or "devil" portion is derived from turbulent backlash and utter chaos that the devils image on the rocks above seems to induce into the violent brew.

SAN MIGUEL Waterfall This smaller "pre-waterfall" is nothing to discount! Although not as famous or high, it is beautiful and must be viewed from above. At 50' high (15m), the entirety of the Rio Verde passes through this black volcanic chute into an emerald lagoon before funneling through the narrow launching throat of the Pailón. Believe it or not, kayakers have made this plunge and then the nervy guys tool around above the 265' drop as if it were non-existent. Lord have mercy!

EMERALD LAGOON Between the San Miguel Falls and the Pailón del Diablo Falls there is a beautiful, deep, emerald green lagoon. A grotto of ferns, intense shade, lush plants, bromeliads, and flurries of bird activity mark this secret spot. Naturally and strategically placed viewing balconies allow you the visitor to capture the tranquility and beauty of this lagoon.

A RIVER IN JEOPARDY The Rio Verde starts high in the Andes Mountains - in the mysterious Llanganatis -a place where Atahualpa's gold is said to be safely hidden for posterity. The river gets its name "Green River" from the color that radiates off of the green marble like stones that compose most of its base. In 2003 the town of Rio Verde assisted by nature lovers from Baños and all over the world had to fight hard to save the river from becoming a part of the San Francisco hydroelectric project. Had the conservationist lost, there would be no Isla del Pailón or Pailón del Diablo waterfall today.