Amelia And JP VLOG 252: We waited for the rainy season to do the hike up to Las Cascadas in Dos Mangas, Ecuador. It’s been on our list since we moved to Olón, but the waterfalls (cascadas) have been dry for most that time.
It was a sunny day again and beautiful outside so we called our driver to take us to the trailhead. That’s where we picked up our guide, Luis. He told us about all sorts of plants and wildlife on our roughly 3 hour trek to the waterfalls.
Sadly, the coast of Ecuador is in a multi-year drought so the rainy seasons haven’t been very rainy for a long time. Meanwhile, the population in the area has grown and there is more livestock being raised and crops being planted that require more water.
As a result, the rivers and waterfalls are dry! The small trickles you saw in the video are nothing compared to the 100 foot high waterfall that is normally the climax of the hike. It still flows after a heavy rain, but it no longer flows continuously during the rainy season as it once did.
None-the-less, we thoroughly enjoyed our hike and Luis was an excellent guide!
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