I went to Banos in 1999 and loved it and hope to go back this year. I met the locals and this time I hope to learn Spanish there.
Visit the "Le Prechaun" bar -- great place. If it's slow, you might get a salsa lesson from the barkeepers.
My third time and still loved it, although the bus ride was a bit scary. Do not go if you're afraid of heights. Make sure when you are there at night take the chiva (bus) to the top of the mountain where the cross is. When you arrive they light a big fire, sing songs, and put on a good act twirling torches. Great spot to meet lots of foreigners -- American and European. Love the climate. I still recomend it.
I had a great time in Baños. Plenty of restaurants and bars, cheap clean hotels (as low as $4 per night), lots of outdoor activity. Been there twice and going again next year. I recommend it for anyone.
We found that Banos was the high spot on our vist to Ecuador.
Situated in the shadows of Tungurahua volcano, Baños is a popular tourist destination. Like many of the major towns and cities in this Andean country, Baños sits high at more than one thousand eight hundred meters above sea level. The Tungurahua volcano, which dominates the skyline, began erupting again in the last decade and had volcanic activity as recently as 2010.
One of the main attractions, as the name suggests, are the baths themselves -- Las Piscinas de La Virgen. Open all day, but busiest in the evening, they are a popular location where travelers can interact with locals. The baths range in temperature and are well run, with good changing facilities and security lockers for valuables.
Baños is an adventure-seeker's dream. Activities include whitewater rafting on either the Patate River or the more forceful Pastaza River for half or full days including lunch. Another popular activity undertaken by backpackers is mountain biking down La Ruta de las Cascadas, which is ninety-five percent downhill along bike tracks and in places shared with traffic. At the end it is possible to catch a bus back to Baños, or hitch a lift with a local. For those seeking less adventure, there are lots of opportunities to go hill-walking or horse riding. Any of these activities can be organised by many of Baños' hostels.
The town of Baños is a clean, colonial town with many leafy plazas where travelers can grab a meal or have a relaxing beverage. The town's many hostels cater extremely well for travelers and can provide all services that today's backpacker expects.
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