Peguche Waterfall is located around 3 kilometers from the town of Otavalo. Before I got there I was lost at very touristy place called El Lechero Tree (read it here!) and afterwards saved by friendly Ecuatorian police officer. Could I say that I was a victim of first bad impression? I suppose I definitely should!
I did not expect a lot from Peguche Waterfall but to my great surprise, the waterfall access was perfect due to Quichua community who is in charge of the waterfall which is situated in protected forest “Bosque Protector Cascada de Peguche”, said to be one of the most beautiful forests in northern Ecuador.
What is so special about Peguche Waterfall?
Peguche Waterfall with its height of 18 meters is considered as a spiritual and ritual site of indigenous people who few days before the Inti Raymi celebration (sun & harvest celebration held on June 21st) come to the waterfall to take a
baths in order to prepare themselves spiritually for the Inti Raymi.
There also exists a legend which says that inside of Peguche Waterfall is a cauldron of gold guarded by two black dogs and one side of it sat the devil with a plate of sand, which is exchanged for the gold pan and daily gradually casts away the sand and when finished takes the soul.
Please watch short video from the Waterfall here: