It was a glorious afternoon in Baños, Ecuador so we decided to rent bikes to cycle to a waterfall. We headed out of town and turned off the main road onto an impossibly steep track, following signs to “la cascada” (the waterfall). We pedaled past tiny houses with children playing on the front steps. We heard the thundering sound of water falling down a sheer drop, and a beautiful waterfall cutting through the thick vegetation came into view. We hid our bikes in some bushes, took off our shoes and climbed as far as we could up the rocks at the side of the waterfall. I love getting off the beaten path and the views across the valley in the bright evening sun were breath-taking.