El Chorro & Giron, Ecuador

Located in Southern Ecuador, Giron is a beautiful little place to visit for 1-3 days.  I visited for the afternoon on a day trip while staying in the nearby city, Cuenca.  It’s a great place where you can easily spend several days camping and enjoying the mountains.  The main reason to visit Giron is the famous waterfall, El Chorro.

El Chorro is a 3 level waterfall.  The first level is a popular spot for people of all ages to enjoy the naturaleza and swim in the water on a hot day.  The 2nd level takes 1.5-2 hours to reach.  The trek takes you on a journey through the mountains, countryside, farmland, and forest.  The 3rd level takes around 5 hours to reach (according to locals).

There is a restaurant (not vegetarian friendly) at the entrance to the falls.  But if you plan to do a trek to the 2nd and/or 3rd levels, I recommend bringing an adequate water supply and food to keep you energized.  And of course, a good pair of walking shoes.

If you only plan to visit the first level, you won’t need to plan too much in advance.  But remember your bathing suit!giron

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TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM CUENCA

If you are staying in Cuenca, you can reach Giron by taxi for $25-30 USD.  It takes around an hour.  For $50, the cab driver will wait 3 hours at the entrance to the falls, and then drive you back.  Or for just $2-3 you can take a bus.  This option takes longer, and is also a semi-long (40 mins-ish) walk from El Chorro to the bus terminal.

I did a combination and took a taxi to arrive, and the bus to get home.  I didn’t want to pay $50, feel rushed on my trek, and not have time to stop and enjoy the waterfall.  So to save money and stress, and to give myself the full afternoon I opted for a bus back to Cuenca in the evening.

!!!WATERFALL!!!

A GLIMPSE OF GIRON

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