Welcome to Ruta de las Cascadas
Nicknamed ‘La Ruta de las Cascadas’ (Highway of the Waterfalls), the road from Baños to Puyo is one of the region’s most dramatic routes. It hugs the Río Pastaza canyon as it drops steadily from Baños, at 1800m, to Puyo, at 950m and passes more than a dozen waterfalls on the way. The bus ride is great, but zipping down on a mountain bike is even better. The first third of the route is mostly downhill, but there are some definite climbs, so ready those legs (it’s about 61km if you do the whole thing). Mountain bikes can be rented in Baños.