El Vagante information
Lonely Planet review
A good day's walk will take you to and from El Vagante, an area of natural stone swimming holes in the Río Santa Bárbara . Follow the road toward Coripata for about two hours. Turn left at a fork in the road and head steeply downhill past Hacienda Miraflores; at the second fork, bear right (the left fork goes to Santa Ana). After two hours along this route, which features a stretch with some pre-Columbian terraces , you’ll reach a cement bridge. Turn right before the bridge and follow the river downstream for 20 minutes to a series of swimming holes and waterfalls. The water isn’t drinkable, so carry water or purification tablets – and bear in mind that the return route is uphill all the way!