Rio Colorado

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  • Address: Cafayate, Argentina
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Waterfall, Hiking Trail, Tourist Center, Family And Kids

This is an amazing hike to 5 striking waterfalls. While you have to walk 6 kilometers southwest of town, a 1.5 hour long hike upstream will take you to the waterfall where you can swim and splash. Look out for the hidden paintings on your expedition and have fun!

  • You can also combine a bike ride half the way and then walk for the rest of the distance.
  • The local guides i.e. the local children will guide you and it’s the best to take their help. The fees are in a range of AR$10.
  • While bathing in any of the fountains, be cautious of the torrents and avoid bathing when it rains.
  • Always come with basic hiking equipment like shoes and food.

  • Renting a car or taking one of the tour buses available to get around the whole city and attractions.

  • Vinas de Cafayate Wine Resort

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  • Rio Colorado Address: Cafayate, Argentina
  • Rio Colorado Timing: 24-hrs
  • Rio Colorado Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Rio Colorado(preferred time): 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Rio Colorado: 06:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Cafayate include Rio Colorado in their plan

  • 35.71% of people start their Rio Colorado visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Rio Colorado

Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Rio Colorado

People normally club together Museo De La Vid Yel Vino and Ruinas De Los Quilmes while planning their visit to Rio Colorado.

People also prefer to end their day with Rio Colorado.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • The scenery is absolutely spectacular. All the comments about the guides are correct, they are rude and aggressive when you get there. But the reality is you really do need one, the routes are pretty complicated, not marked and involve a surprising amount of climbing on rocks and down very steep slopes. Once you've paid them, they're also absolutely fine.

  • We were very scared when we reached the entry and a group of guides started to harass us and threatened us that our bikes would be stolen if we didn't use a guide (a young guide with a mullet was particularly aggressive). We ended up leaving bikes in the bush sneaking through - we couldn't bear going with someone for two hours who was so crazy. He ended up passing us on the trail and followed us yelling at us. Very scary, the guides ruin what should be a top attraction in Cafayte

  • We just got back to our hostel after turning around at the parkinglot by the trail head. The reason for us turning aroud was the aggressive approach from the guides. At first it seemed as if we had the option to go by ourselves, although it would be hard to get there and back. When we opted to go by ourselves they started saying that it was not allowed. Long story short. We decided to not support bully behaviour and left. So if you know that you want a guide, I am sure you will get a nice experience. Otherwise I hope you have better luck than we did.

  • everone who enjoys being outside and can climb a little bit it is a must have... its really beautiful und u can swim under the waterfalls and jump from cliffs (a little dangerous tho) and the climbing is fun even tho there are some rather hard passages.

  • Definately use a guide. Very tough way thru the mountains.

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