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Ranked #7 of 25 things to do in Tena
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

I really like the waterfall. You have to walk for about 45min to get there but the trip is worth it because of the wildlife and then when you get there the view is amazing.

3  Thank Engel2015
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

I love nature, peace and tranquility. I was excited when I visited the waterfall. It obviously cannot be compared to the Niagara or Iguazu falls,. This waterfall is unique, the environment surrounded with nature, the pure water, the sound of the animals.. Recommended for nature lovers...

4  Thank John P
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

This 'must see' waterfall goes in that category if you have a lot of time in Quito or are in the area. It's a long drive from Quito and probably not worth the entire day it would take you out and back in a car. If you're on your way past it, then absolutely, you should stop. The walk from the parking lot to the overlook is easy and about 20-minutes. San Rafael would be a good diversion from Papallacta if you're staying there as the good roads take you through some heavily vegetated scenery that makes the drive pleasant.

4  Thank Jeff C
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

3 hours trip by car from Quito, beautiful landscapes, Go there before the new  planned Hydroelectrical plant, uses the water from the waterfall

4  Thank anaranjo12345
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Reviewed 11 August 2010

San Rafael Waterfall is about 3 1/2 hours from Quito. To get there you must first cross the Andes, so if the altitude effects you, be aware that you will go up to about 4000 meters. Stop at the peak to take in the rare paramo ecosystem that helps to regulate the water flows. One side drains to the Pacific, the other side to the Amazon and Atlantic.
Stop in Baeza town (one of the oldest towns in Ecuador) for breakfast along the way. Another caution, there are a lot of windy roads and drivers will pass with no visibility. 3 of my 5 family members got car sick. But at the end of the day, it was worth it to see the Ecuadorian Amazon and the waterfall was amazing.

11  Thank GranolaGirl16
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