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Quito’s Secret Waterfall

(10 Reviews)
  • 8 hours
  • Group : 1-7 People
  • Day Hiking
  • Difficulty : 2
  • Pickup: Guest's Hotel
  • Min Age : 12+

This experience is the crown jewel of the outdoor day trips in Ecuador, and it’s a place most guides don’t even know about—this may be because Quito’s Secret Waterfall is not seen as a tourist attraction by the locals. However, since I lay eyes on it I knew it was a place that must be shared.

You’ll have to be prepared to walk on a trail created by the ancestors of the land, and it could be a little muddy. The hike is relatively simple, you’ll be surrounded by the most beautiful primary mountain forest, and be able to enjoy the peace of a river formed from the melted ice of Cotopaxi—which is almost as extraordinary as staring at the two hundred feet free fall of water.

Recommended Airport

Mariscal Sucre International Airport (Google Map)

Meeting Point

Hotel Pick-up

Price Includes

  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • Roundtrip transportation from Central Plaza Cumbaya to the Great Waterfall and back
  • Lunch is included

Price Excludes

  • Clothes, rain-gear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • T-Shirt
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
What to Expect

The adventure begins at Cumbaya’s Central Plaza, where we’ll take a sedan towards the east limits of Quito. There, we’ll ride on the back of a pickup truck on an old road until we reach the path towards the waterfall.

The trail it’s of medium difficulty and it takes about an hour to complete. Most of my hikes there are a little longer—I have to slow down to appreciate the beauty. A large portion of the trail it’s through a magnetic primary forest, while we walk in the bottom of a cannon.

The temperature is warmer than Quito due to the lower altitude and surrounding nature. I had guests complete the trail with kids and velcro sandals.

Itinerary

8:00 AMReach the trail: 1.5 hours drive from your hotel.

We’ll meet at your hotel in Quito to start our adventure. Then we’ll drive directly toward the trail.

10:00 AMHiking Mileage: 4 miles

Enjoy a light hike on a path through a primary forest, surrounded by birds and nature, at the bottom of a canyon. You’ll quickly feel surrounded by the beauty of the unique vegetation of a one of a kind Andes tropical forest. First, take in all the fresh air on half of our hike, and reset your mind. Next, we’ll make a stop to take in the astonishing Great Waterfall, a magical place visited by the locals on Intiraymi. Time to get ready for our hike back, with a renewed energy to continue with your journey.

1:00 PMLunch at the Great Waterfall Reserve

Due to our location, deep within the Andes, we’ll be able to enjoy fresh home grown vegetables and two dishes to choose from: local trout or home grown chicken. Vegetarian option available on request.

3:00 PMDrive back and drop-off

An unforgettable trip can’t be completed without trying the best ecuadorian ice cream recipe on our way back to your hotel.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, can I join a group?

Yes, due to the current situation I’m only offering private groups up to four guests. Go ahead and book this experience and you’ll be able to enjoy a personal service.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

Ecuador was dolarized in the 2000s and ever since we use US Dollars.

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

Yes, this is just a day tour without accommodations.

What is the cancellation policy?

Free cancellation up to 36 hours before the scheduled date. After that, cancel and get a full refund, minus the transportation fees.

10 Reviews
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Sunil

Group Traveller

Excellent tour. Prompt and knowledgeable

October 31, 2019

David

Group Traveller

It was amazing

October 18, 2019

Shamika

Group Traveller

The waterfall is a really remarkable experience! It was hard to get there (particularly for us as ‘beginnner’ hikers) but it was absolutely worth the trip.

August 14, 2019

Sarah

Couple Traveller

My boyfriend and I went on this experience on our last day in Ecuador and it was great! We had such a fabulous time with Sebastian…

August 3, 2019

Jared

Solo Traveller

Sebastian was an excellent guide. He handled navigating Quito public transit and arranging a ride to and from the waterfall parking lot.

June 23, 2019
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