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Situated in a valley of waterfalls and hot springs, Baños has become a popular destination for travellers seeking year-round temperate weather, a small town atmosphere, and a base for exploring the great Ecuadorian outdoors.
Located four hours by bus from Quito, Baños has a lot to offer. The following activities are in the top list : Rafting, Kayaking, Canyoning, Rock Climbing, Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Bridge Jumping, Zip Lining, Horse Riding and much more. Also from Banos you will get very easy access to Riobamba, the starting point of the exhilarating train journey down the Devil’s Nose to the coast and to Puyo, one of the gateways to the Amazon. Baños also serves as a popular site for studying Spanish — a mellower and cheaper alternative to Quito.
The name Baños (pronounced by some people Banios or Banos) came from the hot springs found all around the city. The baths, “baños”, are located just a few blocks away from the city center. Baños water is sometimes yellow colored by the high mineral content, and the temperature varies by the amount of cold water mixed into the bath. I suggest you go and enjoy at least once the thermal springs in town. Preferably, La Virgen hot springs – this is one of the hot spots for locals and tourists alike . Also there are springs located in Santa Clara that feature a sauna and a gym as well. El Salado hot springs are 5 minutes away if you take a local bus or a taxi. Some other hot springs such as, Santa Ana, and Eduardo’s baths are near town. Just ask a friendly local who will assist you with directions once you are in the city.
Midweek, Baños is a sanctuary of peace and tranquility. The big events are the occasional performance of a traditional Andean band, the nightly English language movie at the Hood Cinema, or beers with friends at one of the local bars. However, on the weekends and during holidays, Baños explodes with carnival-like festivities. Children straggle behind their parents with neon balloons and sticky sweets; photographers position themselves on street corners offering instant snapshots; a cartoonish caterpillar train on wheels toots through town; and women in pastel painted stalls sell everything from hand-woven sweaters to imitation barbie dolls. Tables spilling out of cafes onto sidewalks provide the ideal location to watch the lively scene of Baños go by while enjoying a papaya or sugar cane juice.
Baños is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Ecuadorian Sierra. Apart from food and a small but boisterous nightlife, you have to go outside of the town limits to find incredible outdoor activities. With plenty of hiking, bike paths, nearby spas, and tours this is not hard to do.
Spend the day biking mostly downhill through spectacular scenery and past several waterfalls, some of which splash onto your path towards Puyo. This can be a half-day trip or an all-day trip depending on how fast you go and how far you take the path. To go all the way to Puyo is 60 km. Most travelers stop 17 km down the road at the beautiful Pailón del Diablo waterfall.
Getting To and Around Baños
Direct and connected flights to Ecuador are available all year round. During low season cheap flights to Ecuador can be booked for heavily discounted prices. From Quito (the capital) and other Ecuadorian cities, bus connections to Baños are available every day. There are lots of online web portal that specialise in tourist services, information and more. For example the portal www.imagineecuador.com offers interesting information about Baños and all Ecuador, you can also book flights, travel insurance, tours to the Amazon, Galapagos, outdoor adventures or get free information in English and Spanish.
Bus services depart from all over the countryside. The main services run out of Tungurahua, Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Latacunga, Riobamba and, Puyo. The bus station Quitumbe in Quito.
The Tree House
An image of a man swinging the Tungurahua volcano background erupting, was the winner (of a mention) 2014 Traveler Photo Contest organized by National Geographic. The photograph was taken at The Tree House in Banos (Ecuador) by Sean Hacker Teper on February 1, 2014 as stated in the description of it. Minutes after catching the people who were around the towering activity had to be evacuated.
Hike the trail from Baños going up to Casa del Arbol, “The Treehouse”, a seismic monitoring station used to observe Mt. Tungurahua, an active volcano.
But the main tourist attraction isn’t the quaint treehouse, nor even the breathtaking view of the volcano from the edge of a canyon—it’s a swing hanging on the tree at the edge of a cliff.
It’s a simple swing—a piece of wood tied on opposite ends with a rope attached to the tree. Aptly called the “Swing at the End of the World”, it arches you into infinite space, beyond the edge of the cliff thousands of feet above ground, and without even a safety belt to keep you on.
Hailed as the “Swing at the End of the World” this awesome and cheap ($1pp donation) activity will have you sitting on a plank of wood as you sail out over the edge of a steep hill.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Three House. Reachable by a 4 hour hike from Banos or 30 minute private transport ($30), or public bus 1 usd per person which leaves Banos at 6am, 11am, and 2pm daily except Sundays from the corner of Rocafuerte and Pastaza streets and returns from La Casa Del Arbol at 8am, 1pm, and 4pm.
Tungurahua Volcano in Baños
For those people who likes hiking and mountain biking we recommend a day trip to the refuge of the Tungurahua Volcano is an undeletable experience.
Summit elevation 5023 meters – Stratovolcano
The Tungurahua Volcano has an elevation of 5023 meters , the Tungurahua is one of the most active volcanoes in Ecuador, and is located about 140 km south of the capital city of Quito.
The Tungurahua is a steep-sided stratovolcano that towers 3 km above its northern base. It has a complex historical record which includes sudden, violent eruptions. The volcano has a diameter of 14 km.
An increase in activity occur at Tungurahua volcano in Baños quite often. Thermal images identified continuous emission of incandescent material on the upper flanks of the volcano.
Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water
Plan to visit the church museum and local art galleries. Some local artists have won international awards for their Andean artwork.
La Virgen Waterfall
There is a beautiful waterfall next to La Virgen hot springs – make sure you spend time there, especially for the spectacular photo opportunities.
Manto de La Novia Waterfall another ́must see ́ place to visit and is called El Manto de la Novia. You can hire a local tour guide for this kind of trip. Prices are low and the adventure is worth it! A one day tour will ensure you get to see everything.
Pailon del Diablo waterfall
‘Pailón del Diablo’ means ‘Cauldron of the Devil’ as the bottom of the waterfall looks like a pot and the devil’s face is said to be seen in the rocks.
Pailón del Diablo is one of the largest falls in the area. It was made famous in Russel Crowe & Meg Ryan’s film Proof of Life. You can stop and explore this waterfall along with 59 others along the 61 kilometers “Waterfall Highway. Guided tours are available, but I would not recommend it as you lose the flexibility to go at your own pace.
Find listed below the Top things to in Baños
- Whitewater Rafting
- Whitewater Kayaking
- Rock Climbing
- Bridge Jumping
- Horse Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Amazon Tours