Bring your raincoat and get ready to be amazed!
A short drive on Ruta de las Cascadas you’ll find the Devil’s Cauldron. This impressive 100-foot tall waterfall is fed by the Pastaza River and crashes down with such force that it generates a whirlwind of moist warm air that engulfs the entire area. Its hard not to be impressed with the power of this waterfall. You can feel the pressure of the water as it crashes down into the pool below. It’s truly amazing. It’s no wonder the Devil’s cauldron is one of the most visited attractions in the region.
Getting To The Devil’s Cauldron
To get up close and personal with the waterfalls you have two options and I suggest going to both – We did! Each option is located on the opposite sides of the waterfall and give you different vantage points of the falls. You’ll have to walk 10 minutes across a bridge to get from one location to the other. Both are very well labeled, but if you get lost the locals know why you’re there and are quick to help guide you in the right direction. The waterfall area is located right before a tunnel on the main road ( I know that sounds vague but when you get there you’ll see what I mean – Its a big tunnel).
One option is to pay $1.50 USD to walk across two suspension bridges over the falls. This is a great time to take pictures of the steps built into the side of the canyon on the other side of the falls.
This is also great place to take pictures and get close to the waterfall without getting too wet. There’s also a local (You can see him in the lower left of the picture) with a camera and printer setup who, for a fee, will take a picture for you and print it! While we didn’t buy a picture from him, we were pretty impressed with his setup considering he was in the middle of a waterfall!
Steps Down The Canyon Route
The second and more wet option is to walk down the steps created alongside the waterfall canyon. This will also cost $1.50 USD so be ready with low denomination US currency. The hike from the entrance to the steps is really pretty and takes about 15 minutes, depending on your ability. Both trails are acceptable to people of any age, including children and the elderly. We saw lots of both. Bring water and wear a comfortable pair of tennis shoes. We wore flipflop sandals and were fine but I would have been more comfortable with sneakers. As you walk you’ll see many inspirational quotes carved in wood and hung from trees along with beautiful plants and birds. Once you get to the steps you have the option of walking down to the lowest part near the pool, or walk up behind the fall. This is where you get wet… really wet!