Catarata San Luis

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Catarata San Luis information

guided hike adult/child US$10/8.50
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Lonely Planet review

A popular (but strenuous) hike visits the Catarata San Luis, a gorgeous ribbon streaming in three tiers from the cloud forests into a series of swimming holes just screaming for a picnic. The distance from the parking area to the falls is only a few kilometers, but it’s steeply graded downhill, and the rocky, muddy terrain can get very slick. It’s important to go slow and turn back if it becomes too difficult. However, your efforts will be worth it as the waterfall is simply breathtaking. Alternatively, you may wish to join a guided hike to the falls, offered by the fantastic Ecolodge San Luis . Hikes must be reserved at least a day in advance. And be warned, you may never want to leave the lodge.

Drivers will need a 4WD to ford the little river and climb the muddy road out. You can park (US$6 per car) at a private farm, which is next to the trailhead. Several horseback-riding companies offer excursions to the falls (US$50 per person), but note that much of the road is now paved and this is hard on the horses’ knees. A taxi from town to the falls costs about U$15.