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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
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Located four hours by bus from Quito, Baños has a lot to offer. The following activities are on the list of the most outstanding adventure tours: Rafting, Kayaking, Canyoning, Rock Climbing, Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Bridge Jumping, Zip-lining, Horse Riding and much more. Also, from Baños you will have very easy access to Riobamba, the starting point of the exciting train journey through the Devil’s Nose, as well as to the Coast and Puyo, Baños is considered as “Gateway to the Amazon”. Baños, also serves as a popular place to study Spanish, a better alternative than Quito.
The name Baños (pronounced by some people Banios or Baños) comes from the hot springs found throughout the city. The “baths”, are located a few blocks from the center of town. The water in the thermal pools of Baños is yellow in color due to the high content of minerals, and the temperature varies according to the amount of cold water. I suggest you go and enjoy the hot springs in the city at least once. Preferably to “La Virgen hot springs”, this is one of the most prominent hot springs, both for locals and tourists. There are also springs located in Santa Clara that have a sauna and gym. El Salado hot springs are 5 minutes away if you take a local bus or taxi. Some other hot springs like Santa Ana and Eduardo’s baths are close to the city.
During the week, Baños is a sanctuary of peace and tranquility. Big events are the occasional performance by a traditional Andean band, or a few beers with friends at one of the local bars. However, on weekends and during the holidays, Baños explodes with Carnival, Christmas and New Year’s Eve festivities.
Baños, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Ecuadorian Sierra. Aside from the food and a small but bustling nightlife, you have to go outside the city limits to find amazing outdoor activities. With lots of hikes, bike trails, nearby spas, and tours, this isn’t hard to do.
Cycling is a highlight, through spectacular scenery and past several waterfalls, and the Sangay and Llanganates Parks.
This can be a half-day trip or a full day trip depending on how fast you go and how far you take the road. To go to Puyo it is 60 km. Most travelers stop 17 km down the road at the beautiful Pailón del Diablo waterfall.
Get to Baños and its surroundings
Direct and connected flights to Ecuador are available throughout the year. During the low season, cheap flights to Ecuador can be booked at greatly reduced prices. From Quito (the capital) and other Ecuadorian cities, bus connections to Baños are available every day. There are many online web portals that specialize in tourism services, information, and more. For example, the portal www.imagineecuador.com offers interesting information about Baños and all of Ecuador, you can also book flights, travel insurance, tours to the Amazon, Galapagos, outdoor adventures or obtain free information in English and Spanish.
HOW TO GET TO BAÑOS, ECUADOR
Ecuador is a small country and getting around it is quite easy and inexpensive. The only way to get to Baños is by bus, but you can do it from various places in Ecuador.
Baños bus station, is close to the city center and is within walking distance of most hotels and hostels, or you can take a cheap $ 1.25 taxi from the bus station to your destination.
HOW TO GET TO BAÑOS FROM QUITO
If you fly into Quito, you will first need to take a $ 25 taxi for 45 minutes to the city. This price is standard and unfortunately the best option (you can take a combination of buses for several hours to save a few dollars, but we didn’t think it was worth it).
Once in Quito, ask your taxi driver to drop you off at Terminal Terrestre Quitumbe, the main bus station at the southern tip of the city. Once there, you can walk to a counter and ask for the next bus to Baños.
The bus takes about 3.5 hours, costs about $ 4, and can stop in Ambato on the way to Baños.
If there is no direct bus to Baños, just buy a ticket to Ambato; there are frequent buses that circulate between Ambato and Baños.
HOW TO GET TO BAÑOS FROM GUAYAQUIL, LATACUNGA OR CUENCA
The bus to Baños from Latacunga or Guayaquil will stop first in Ambato or Riobamba, and then it will connect to Baños; you may need to change buses or buy two tickets if the route is not direct.
For each location, you do not need to book in advance. Just take a taxi to the main bus station and look for the signs to Baños, Riobamba or Ambato. Ask at each ticket counter to see which one comes out the soonest.
The bus from Guayaquil to Baños will take around 5.5 hours and cost around $ 7.
The bus from Latacunga to Baños takes about 2 hours and costs less than $ 5.
The bus from Cuenca to Baños takes around 7.5 hours and costs around $ 10. There is also a direct bus from Cuenca to Baños in Amazonas that will take around 6 hours and will cost around $ 10.
From anywhere else in Ecuador: If you don’t see a direct bus to Baños at the bus station, look instead for buses heading to Ambato, which is the closest city.
Get off there and take one of the frequent buses to Baños, just an hour away. You can also look for buses to Riobamba and connect from there to Baños.
Ecuador Travel Tip
As a general rule, Ecuador buses cost around $ 2 per hour. So, a 2-hour bus ride will cost around $ 4, and a 6-hour bus ride will cost around $ 12.
In route one you will be able to see the following places:
Cascada de Agoyan is located 7 km. from the city Baños, along the Baños Puyo road in the Ulba Village.This waterfall has a 40-meter drop that flows into the Pastaza River, and offers its visitors a great natural spectacle. It is the highest waterfall in the Ecuadorian Andes.
MEGA ADVENTURE PARK – RIO BLANCO
This adventure park offers 3 adrenaline experiences within a spectacular natural environment. There are no age limits, an 84-year-old from Quito holds the record, there are no limits for people with disabilities.
The first is the “Canopy Triple”, unique in Ecuador, in which 3 people can share the experience, each on their own cable. It has a cost of $ 10 dollars per person.
Between going and coming back, it is a 2-minute flight, but between going up and down the stairs, taking photos, the experience lasts 15 minutes. More than 600 thousand people have launched themselves in these lines.
The second is the “Tibetan Bridge” with 11 obstacles along its path, where you can jump, run, go through tires, meshes and hang into the void. A stronger experience, which costs $ 15 per person. In 3 years, 18 thousand people have lived this experience.
The third is the “Glass Bridge”, which was inaugurated in 2021, it is the only glass bridge in the country and the first in Latin America. It is 300 m long and has 20 m of glass distributed in 3 sections. It is suspended at a height of 120m. Enjoy the feeling of walking on air, without going to China.
For children, a trampoline bungee is offered for $ 5 for 10 minutes and a bouncer for $ 2 for 5 minutes. The complex has parking, which has no cost. Observing tourists doing their feats is also inexpensive.
It is located 10 Kilometers from Baños on the highway to Puyo, is open from 08:30 to 18:00.
CASCADA MANTO DE LA NOVIA
The region around Baños de Agua Santa in the province of Tungurahua in Ecuador is known for its many beautiful waterfalls. There’s even a route called “ruta de las cascadas” or route of the waterfalls. One of these impressive waterfalls, which is very visible as you drive on the road in this area, is called Manto de la Novia, this translates as the Bride’s Veil. Manto de la Novia consists of two waterfalls that are side by side. You can get a close up view by riding a cable car, there’s one that goes to the top of the waterfalls and another that goes to the bottom part.
CASCADA PAILON DEL DIABLO
“Pailón del Diablo” means ” Devil’s Cauldron” since the bottom of the waterfall looks like a pot and it is said that you can see the face of the devil on the rocks.
Pailón del Diablo is one of the largest waterfalls in the area. It has become famous in the Russell Crowe & Meg Ryan movie Proof of Life. You can stop and explore this waterfall along with 59 others along the 61 kilometer “Waterfall Highway”.
The Pailón del Diablo and the suspension bridge is illuminated, you are invited to visit it at night and enjoy a coffee right in front of the waterfall in the cafeteria. Tours are available at 7 pm or 9pm from Baños to see Pailón del Diablo at night. Entrance fee is $ 5 adults, children under 12 years old $ 2.50
On Route 2 you can visit the following highlights:
Do you like dinosaurs? Would you have liked to meet them? This is the ideal place to live the adventure of knowing several impressive replicas of large dinosaurs and with details that will surely take you back to the Jurassic era, where the imposing dinosaurs existed. That’s how it is! Dinosaurios Park is the first and largest theme park in Ecuador, in which you can take a tour of a nature trail while observing majestic dinosaurs in natural environment, you will surely love it.
What services does Dinosaurios Park offer you?
Dinosaur Nature Trail.
Exhibition of real fossils and reconstructions.
Augmented Reality (for your android device).
Live Show with robots (T-Rex and Dilophosaurus).
What is the address of this theme park?
This creative tourist place is located in Baños de Agua Santa, via Runtun km 5. From the center of Baños take the route to the East, 2 km you will find a detour on the right that says RUNTUN / BELLAVISTA. Then continue for 5 more km.
The Dinosaurios Park theme park is open from Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00.
The robot show takes place only on weekends and holidays.
Offer unique and memorable experiences for families, through direct interaction with animals and the environment, while educating them about conservation and respect for nature. Become the first animal park in Ecuador that guarantees a sustainable activity of caring for animals. the fauna and flora, in addition to the use of spaces as natural sanctuaries. Committed to contributing to the construction of a sustainable world, through the awareness of our visitors. Animal Park is the main Andean deer shelter in Ecuador, it is focused on the rehabilitation and recovery of rescued deer.
It is located on the Vía a Runtún, 8 km from Baños de Agua Santa, open every day from 9am to 6:30 pm
Entrace fee: $7
LAS MANOS DE LA PACHAMAMA
“Las Manos de la Pachamama” is an impressive viewpoint in Ecuador that resembles a hand that emerges from nature, it has been built in the city of Baños de Agua Santa, inspired by other world-class monuments such as the Golden Bridge in Vietnam, La Mano of the Huila Giant in Colombia and even the Manos de Dios of Baños de Agua Santa.
Las Manos de la Pachamama is located within “El Vuelo del Condor” in the small village of Runtún, at 7km from the center of the city of Baños.
In the place there are several impressive attractions, such as extreme swings and hanging bridges with incredible views over Baños and the Tungurahua volcano.
Open: 8:30 am to 8pm
Entrance fee: $7 adults , children $3
“El Vuelo del Cóndor” $10 – 15
LABERINTO DE LA PACHAMAMA
The Labyrinth of Pachamama, is belong to Manos de Pachamama. Here you are able to experience different things to do such a the imprescindible labyrinth form of different glass walls, as well Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” personajes, a house of figures of leprechauns, a dry pool with small balls and inflatable games structures.
Open : from 9am to 8pm
Entrance fee: Adults $5 , children $3
PASARELA DE DIAMANTE – COLUMPIO FANTASÍAS DE VOLAR
Located at 26 minutes by car from Banos.
Here you can experience the swing and the diamond walkway , with the best views of Banos.
Open: 8am to 8pm
Swing : $15
Entrance fee: Diamond walkway $5
Located at 2,660 meters above sea level is the “Swing at the End of the World”. From here you can appreciate the majesty of the active Tungurahua Volcano (5,016 masl)
Open every day from 6.30am – 7pm.
Entrance $ 1
Address: 10 kilometers from Banos near Runtun village
An image of a man balancing on the bottom of the erupting Tungurahua volcano, was the winner (of one mention) of the 2014 Traveler Photography Contest organized by National Geographic. The photograph was taken at The Tree House in Baños (Ecuador) by Sean Hacker Teper on February 1, 2014 as indicated in the description of the photograph. Minutes after catching the people who were around the imposing activity, they had to evacuate.
Walk the trail from Baños to “La Casa del Arbol”, a seismic monitoring station used to observe Tungurahua, an active volcano.
But the main tourist attraction is not the picturesque tree house, not even the impressive view of the volcano from the edge of a canyon, it is a swing that hangs from a tree on the edge of a cliff.
It is a simple swing: a piece of wood tied at opposite ends with a rope tied to the tree. Aptly called the “End of the World Swing”, it takes you into infinite space, beyond the edge of the cliff a few meters above the ground.
HOW TO GET THERE?
It can be reached in a 4-hour walk from Baños or 30 minutes by private transport ($ 30), or public bus 1 usd per person that leaves Baños at 5:45 / 11H00 / 14h00 / 16h00) every day except Sundays from the corner of Rocafuerte and Pastaza streets and returns from La Casa Del Arbol at 8:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
You can also rent ATVs and jeeps with Imagine Ecuador to visit this attraction, the cost of renting the ATVs is $ 20 an hour and the 4WD jeep for $ 25 an hour.
The most outstanding places that you cannot miss in Baños Ecuador.
SECRETO DEL ABISMO
Located 15 minutes by car from central Banos.
VENTANAL DE KONG
El Ventanal de Kong is located 25 minutes from Baños on the direction to “Las Antenas”, it is a new tourism entrepreneurship that should not be missed.
Hours of operation are from 9 am to 11 pm, the cost of entry is $ 2
OFRENDA DEL INCA
It is a very significant statue of the Inca emperor Atahualpa that takes us to the history of our ancestors and that today has been taken as an example to revitalize the culture of our ancestral people.
Located 30 minutes by car from Baños de Agua Santa, open Friday to Sunday from 9am to 18 pm, the entrance is $ 2
It is located 35 minutes from Baños on the Via a las Antenas. This place offers the visitors photographic scenarios that contrast as if they were watching a Hollywood movie.
Open from 9am to 7pm, admission is $ 2
MANOS DE DIOS
Located within the “Rancho Ojos del Volcán”, at 2700 meters. The viewpoint is located in the middle of a wooden walkway, it has basic security and undoubtedly one of the best views of the place. The Manos de Dios is inspired by other viewpoints, including the “Mano de Huila” and especially the “Golden Bridge” in Vietnam.
In the place there is also a swing that has views towards the thermal city of Baños, a small house in the tree or house of the Duende, the Giant Mushroom, the Seat of Love and a cafeteria. You can also hike in the surroundings, ride a horse, have fun in a small rodeo with sheeps, participate in agrotourism activities and above all enjoy the views.
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 23:0 pm, entrance fee $ 2
PIES DE DIOS
BESO DE LA LUNA
One of the new attractions of Baños is “El Beso de la Luna, inaugurated on Friday, August 7, 2021.
The place is located near “Las Antenas”, 45 minutes from Baños, in the ancient “Ojos del Volcan”, where a crescent moon has now been built that surrounds the silhouette of the volcano.
It is open from 9am to 11pm, admission $ 2
For those who like hiking and mountain biking, we recommend a day trip to the refuge of the Tungurahua Volcano, which is an unforgettable experience.
Summit elevation 5023 meters – known as a Stratovolcano
The Tungurahua Volcano has a height of 5023 meters, one of the most active volcanoes in Ecuador and is located about 140 km south of Quito.
Tungurahua is a steep-sided stratovolcano that rises 3 km above its northern base. It has a complex historical record that includes sudden and violent eruptions. The volcano has a diameter of 14 km.
An increase in activity occurs at the Tungurahua volcano in Baños quite frequently. Thermal images identified the continuous emission of incandescent material on the upper flanks of the volcano.
CHURCH NUESTRA SENORA DE AGUA SANTA
Apart from fulfilling its religious function, the church was use as a refuge of the Baneños during the eruptions of the Tungurahua volcano, it is considered in this miraculous way since the people who have managed to enter the sanctuary in this type of tragedy have managed to escape unscathed.
The one who started the construction was Tomas Halflants on February 11, 1904, at that time he was the parish priest of the city, and by the year 1944 the construction was finished by Fray Sebastián Acosta.
CASCADA DE LA VIRGEN
Temperature: 17 ° C average temperature.
Nature is a living expression of the power of God, and Baños has been privileged with many of these manifestations; Thus, in the center of the city of Baños you can see a majestic waterfall in the shape of hair better known as the Virgin waterfall, in view of the fact that the ancient inhabitants of the canton assured that the mother of God bathed in these waters for the dawn.
Since then, this waterfall has been visited by thousands of tourists, not only for the curative values that they attribute to the water from this waterfall, but also for the beautiful view that is obtained from the city.
Termas de la Virgen opening hours:
5am to 9pm every day, closes from 5pm to 6pm for cleaning.
Entrance: $ 3
TERMAS EL SALADO
Located 2Km. from Baños, along Avenida de El Salado 1 km from the road that is close to the center of Ambato.
Termas El Salado Hours of Operation:
Monday to Sunday 5 am to 4pm
Monday to Sunday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Entrance: Adult: $ 3.00 /Child: $ 1.50
Thermal mineralized waters come from the bottom of the earth’s layers and have a very high temperature, but when they flow to the surface their temperature is around 22 ° C. This type of thermal water provides relief to muscle and joint ailments, that is, it serves as a natural analgesic, this is one of the benefits of this type of water.
Among the composition of substances, minerals, mineralized components give relief to the affections of muscular ailments due to its anti-inflammatory power, this water of strong mineralization, belonging to the group of sulphates.
BOSQUE ENCANTADO -PARQUE TEMÁTICO
In Baños de Agua Santa behind the Monte Selva Hosteria, is the medieval theme park “El Bosque Encantando”. A place for the family where you meet: the Witch’s Hideout, the Enchanted Book, Lost Desert, Prince’s Pond, Giant Mushroom, Dragon’s Treasure, and Troll’s Lair
The opening hours are from Monday to Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday to Sunday until 11:00 p.m. Entrance fee is $ 4 adults and $ 2 children.
In the beautiful city of Baños you will find “La Aldea Mágica”, an open-air museum attached to a Garden of Goblins full of charm that invite you to connect with nature. La Aldea de los Duendes is an educational walk, whose main objective is to promote ecological awareness. In this way its visitors come into contact with the magical world of essential beings, (Goblins, Gnomes, Fairies and Elves), the first ecologists, who, according to mythology, carry out a protective work of nature.
Wednesday: 17: 00-21: 00
Thursday: 17: 00-21: 00
Friday: 17: 00-22: 00
Saturday: 11: 00-22: 00
Sunday: 10: 00-21: 00
Entrance fee $ 2
CAVERNAS SIGSI HUAYCO
A mystical place
The natural attraction, now recovered, is located in the center of Baños, in the Amistad neighborhood, where it remained hidden under the Baños-Puyo road.
It was a family that undertook the recovery of this mysterious place that has a deep cavern with water springs, as well as vestiges of a civilization that worshiped the Pachamama and the Sun God.
It is a cavern full of mystery, with a kind of altar where it is assured, the Incas arrived. “The literature tells that the Incas respected nature, the Pachamama, so much that they took advantage of this place to regain strength and be filled with wisdom. It’s exciting to find these kinds of sacred temples,” he said.
Sigsi Huayco, becomes a temple of wisdom, where you can also find rustic adaptations such as swings, a suspension bridge and more details that connect with nature.
The entrance fee is: $ 2 adults and $ 1 children, visiting hours are from 9:00 to 23:00
Find listed below the Top things to in Baños
- Whitewater Rafting
- Whitewater Kayaking
- Rock Climbing
- Bridge Jumping
- Horse Riding
- Mountain Biking
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