The Best Trips for Hiking to Beautiful Waterfalls

Joel Rabinowitz

Book your place on one of these Epic Trips to discover the world’s most spectacular waterfalls.

From glistening ice formations in Iceland to thundering cascades in the cloud forests of Ecuador, it’s fair to say that waterfalls are an awesome sight, no matter how many times you look. Whether you fancy swimming beneath, rappelling across or even skirting behind them, they’re always worth a hike. To that end, these small-group adventures, bookable with Culture Trip, will walk you up close and personal to some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls.

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Aerial photo of a waterfall falling into a round lake amid cliffs in the middle of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador

Visit Pailón del Diablo and go cycling, hiking and whitewater rafting in Ecuador

Dotted along the highway between Baños and Puyo, where the Ecuadorian Andes blend into the Amazon rainforest, you’ll find a series of waterfalls tumbling into the jungle-lined Río Pastaza canyon. Bring your hiking boots and explore on foot, or hop on a bike and cycle all the way to the mighty 80m (260ft) Pailón del Diablo – one of the highlights of Culture Trip’s eight-day Ecuador adventure. You’ll get wet, but the swirling spray is a wonderful tonic for the sticky, tropical heat.

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Next available from 21st Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Quito, Ecuador

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ENDS AT

Quito, Ecuador

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Five people in climbing gear stand by a gushing, rocky waterfall amid greenery on Sao Miguel Island

Abseil across waterfalls, kayak and soak in hot springs in the Azores

Tempted by the idea of abseiling across waterfalls, sliding down rocky ravines and plunging into natural rock pools surrounded by dense, subtropical forest? Portugal’s Azores archipelago – some 1,525km (950mi) from the mainland in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean – is an adrenaline junkie’s haven. Get your fix on Culture Trip’s exclusive six-day Azores adventure, based on São Miguel Island. Soaking in hot springs, kayaking across a crater lake and cooking your own cozido stew using only geothermal heat are also on the action-packed agenda.

From US$1724.65

Next available from 15th Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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ENDS AT

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

DURATION

6

GROUP SIZE

8

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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See paradise in person on a train trip from Thailand to Laos

Our truly epic 14-day Rail Trip in Southeast Asia is jam-packed with highlights, from the bustling streets of Bangkok to an ethical elephant sanctuary in Northern Thailand and the mountainous city if Vang Vieng. You’ll even swap the train for a river boat as we cruise down the Mekong, visiting local villages and sampling whisky. The highlight, however, is without doubt Kuang Si Falls, near Luang Prabang. Our Local Insider will guide you through Laos’ steamy green rainforests in search of this almost mystical jungle waterfall. When the milky blue cascades of water finally reveals themselves, it’ll be love at first sight. You’ll have a few hours to spend splashing around in these tranquil waters before heading back to Luang Prabang.

From US$2095.2

Next available from 13th Jul 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

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ENDS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

DURATION

14

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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Maja Proescholdt and Gethin Morgan contributed additional reporting to this article.

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