En Route: Salto de San Rafael & Volcan Reventador -- Along the main route to Lago Agrio lies the spectacular Salto de San Rafael (San Rafael Falls). At 145m (475 ft.), San Rafael Falls is the tallest waterfall in Ecuador. But these falls are not only tall; they're raging and powerful. The trail head to the falls is marked CAMPAMENTO SAN RAFAEL Y LAS CASCADAS. It's a hike of a little over 1.6km (1 mile) to the lookout across from the base of the falls. The trail can be slippery and muddy at times. Sometimes a local guard will charge $1 admission (65p), though at other times you'll just waltz on through. The rich rainforest and cloud forest here are excellent for bird-watching.
Across the road from the entrance to San Rafael Falls, and just a little to the east, is a trail leading up the Volcán Reventador. At 3,485m (11,434 ft.), Reventador is one of the most active volcanoes in Ecuador. If you want to hike the trail, and even attempt a summit, you should definitely go with a guide who knows the area and who is up-to-date on current volcanic activity. Any of the tour agencies out of Quito, Lago Agrio, or Coca should be able to set you up with a qualified guide. San Rafael Falls and Volcán Reventador are located just off Hwy. E45 on the way to Lago Agrio, about an hour and a half outside Baeza.
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