From Tena to Baños – an alternative Baños Waterfall tour

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Looking for something a little different? At Impactful Travel, we specialize in crafting custom itineraries tailored to your unique travel desires and ethical values.

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  • DurationFull Day (starts at 9AM)
  • Starting point Your hotel in Tena('s center)
  • Group size1 - 10 pax
  • All year round
  • Bookings At least 3 days in advance

Welcome to our unique journey, the Alternative Baños Waterfall Tour! This isn’t your typical trip from Tena to Baños. This is a full-day adventure that not only indulges your senses with the beauty of nature but also lets you contribute to an important conservation initiative.

Please note that this tour operates under distinct cancellation policies. Read more in the FAQ section


Support YanaCocha: A Wildlife Haven

Our journey begins at YanaCocha, a sanctuary for flora and fauna victims of illegal trafficking; confiscated by the environmental authorities. The organization works tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate animals found in markets, squares, and homes where they are kept illegally. Your visit directly supports their work, making this one of the most meaningful Baños tours you can embark on.

Marvel at the Majestic Waterfalls

Next, we head to the breathtaking Pailón del Diablo Waterfall. Located on the edge of the Amazon jungle, this 80-meter high marvel sends up swirling columns of mist, showcasing the untamed beauty of Ecuador. But the waterfalls don’t stop there. We also visit the Manto de la novia waterfall, where its crystal-clear waters harmoniously blend with the surrounding nature.

As our alternative Baños Waterfall tour concludes, we will drop you off at your hotel in Baños. After a day filled with incredible sights and impactful actions, you’ll be ready to relax and reflect on the transformative power of impactful travel.


Extend Your Journey: From Baños to Cuenca

If you’re interested in continuing your journey in an impactful way, why not check out our trips from Baños to Cuenca? You’ll get to immerse yourself in the Chimborazo province, known as the “most indigenous region of Ecuador”. Visit a shaman, local families, community projects, stay in an amazing guesthouse, and visit the Ingapirca ruins before ending your journey in marvelous Cuenca.


Your Customized Ecuador Adventure

And if you’re the kind of traveler who wants more than just traveling from A to B, we can organize your entire Ecuador adventure for you, from A to Z! Enquire about your custom Ecuador trip today and let us guide you through an unforgettable, impactful journey.

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What makes this experience Impactful?

Our Alternative Baños Waterfall Tour is more than just a visually stunning journey from Tena to Baños. It’s an opportunity to make a difference, to contribute to sustainable tourism and support local communities. By starting our trip at YanaCocha, we’re helping to uphold their vital work in wildlife conservation since 2006. Each visit plays a role in rescuing and rehabilitating animals victimized by illegal trafficking. Additionally, our partnership with local drivers helps stimulate the local economy, ensuring that the benefits of tourism are shared widely and fairly. This is the transformative power of Impactful Travel – where every journey can leave a positive footprint on the world.


Price Includes

  • Private transportation(Spanish-speaking driver only) Note: pickup at 9AM.
  • ActivitiesVisits to the YanaCocha rescue center and the two mentioned waterfalls
  • Entrance feesTo YanaCocha and both waterfalls

Price Excludes

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the alternative Baños Waterfall tour from Tena to Baños

Which are the cancellation policies for this particular tour?

Should you find it necessary to cancel this tour after booking, please be aware that our standard cancellation policies will not apply due to the specific rules set by our local service provider. For cancellations made up to and including 16 days prior to departure, our normal policies will be in effect.

However, if you need to cancel 15 or less days before the tour commences, refunds will not be available. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Of course, you will still be supporting YanaCocha financially 🙂

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

The transportation is private, but at YanaCocha there might be other people joining in on your visit. 

Do I have to pay any entrance fees?

Nope; all the entrance fees are included; both for Yanacocha and the waterfalls. 

Will there be any good restaurants along the way?

Together with your driver, you will decide where to stop. He knows about the restaurants. We will try to get a blog with restaurant tips out soon so you can be prepared!

How will I communicate with the driver?

Your chauffeur may have a basic understanding of English, but primarily, he will communicate in Spanish. You might consider brushing up on your Spanish before your journey to Ecuador: we suggest using apps like DuoLingo or DuoCards for convenient mobile learning.

Additionally, Google Translate can be quite handy; ensure you download both the Spanish language pack and your native language for offline access. This tool could prove to be your most valuable communication aid throughout your vacation in Ecuador.

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

Be ready for any kind of weather; you’ll be traveling through a few different climate zones.

Find more info about climates in Ecuador in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Ecuador“.

How can I see the prices for this tour for my amount of travellers?

If you want to see the price for your situation, please select an amount of travelers on the right side of the website (or the top, on mobile). You will then see that total price for your party right above it. For some tours, the price will change according to the amount of people. 

What should I pack for this tour?

Please refer to our article What to Pack for your Trip to Ecuador for all your questions about packing for your Peru trip. Whether you’re going to the jungle or the mountains, you’ll find the answers you need. 

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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Yanacocha Rescue Center

As part of our commitment to sustainable tourism, we at Impactful Travel are proud to introduce the Yana Cocha Animal Rescue Center as a key destination on our tour. Nestled amidst verdant vegetation just five minutes from the city of Puyo, YanaCocha is a sanctuary for over 40 species from the Amazon.

These animals, voluntarily handed over or seized by the Ministry of Environment or the National Police, find refuge here from the destructive forces of illegal trafficking. They inhabit cages, pens, islands, and lagoons designed in compliance with the environmental standards set by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment.

But YanaCocha is more than just a rescue center. It’s an immersive experience where you can walk along ecological trails of ballast, sawdust, and palisades, observing these incredible creatures in their safe haven. Expect to spend at least an hour immersed in the raw beauty of nature, but trust us – the time will fly by as you marvel at the diversity of life in the Amazon.

By visiting YanaCocha on our alternative Baños Waterfall tour, you’re not just witnessing the resilience of nature – you’re actively supporting it. Every visit helps fund their tireless efforts towards wildlife conservation, making your journey from Tena to Baños a truly impactful one. So come, join us and become a part of this transformative experience.