Dramatic drops, powerful cascades and natural swimming pools await anyone chasing waterfalls in Ecuador. The tallest waterfalls in Ecuador routinely reach heights of well over 100m (328ft), fed by melting glaciers in the Andes or tropical downpours in the Amazon. Day trip to some of Ecuador’s best and most beautiful waterfalls from Quito, base yourself in nearby Otavalo for multi-day waterfall hiking adventures, or travel to Baños, Ecuador’s outdoor capital, for a serious waterfall expedition. Get your swimming gear ready – these are the best waterfalls in Ecuador you can visit.
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A steep descent outside of Otavalo will bring you to Taxopamba Waterfall, where the water crashes over the edge of a green, mossy cliff top into a shallow plunge pool below. If you want to be the first into Taxopamba Waterfall, then there’s a small collection of quaint cottages and remote cabanas at the start of the short trailhead. Spend the night surrounded by nature high in the Andes – and get the waterfall all to yourself in the morning.
Standing at a height of 60m (196ft) and surrounded by green, Andean scenery, Great Waterfall Pita is one of Quito’s most exciting day trips. Escape the city with a journey south into the foothills of the extinct Pasochoa Volcano, where you’ll find the glacial waters of the Rio Pita. Join a hiking tour from the capital – following riverside trails to the Great Waterfall Pita – where the water is ice cold all through the year.