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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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"Best value in Baños guaranteed, 3 good options for breakfast, internet service (3 computers and Wi-Fi), pool table, kitchen for guests, cable TV with English speaking channels, private bathroom, hot water 24 hours, more than 500 DVD movies, book exchange, cosy common areas, tourist information, BBQ area, balconies with good view to the waterfall and the mountains around Baños, central location and a luggage room and more perks are all...
La Casa Verde - Eco Hostel
"… massage and eco friendly spa treatments - Local information - Tours and activities can be arranged - Birds, flowers, native trees, river, hills, valleys…tranquillity We believe comfort can co-exist with eco-friendly. Our bedrooms have: - Beds with brand new orthopaedic mattresses with 100% pure Ecuadorian woven cotton sheets (which fit properly) and non-allergenic blankets - Good sized private bathrooms where you can put your...
"Great location by the baths, friendly staff, and cheap! - Loved this place! Onsite massage, rooftop breakfast, and a double en-suite for $20. It's a block from the baths. I highly recommend." … "A perfect place for relaxing and enjoying Banos - 5 stars all around ... Great location just steps from the hotsprings baths and a few short blocks walk to center of town. Very clean and comfortable. Friendly staff. Great Prices." …...
Posada del Abuelo
"Great value, great food. Perfect English for english speaking and slow speaking Spanish people. If you like homemade granola, fresh fruit, coffee, bread and other goodies for breakfast, and great people, you will love this place. The owners make sure the guests feel at home and will take good care of you. The terraces are big and have a great view over the mountains and the waterfall. We have very comfortable and quiet rooms where you can...
Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños
"Whilst the name is a bit of a mouthful, the sociable Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos Baños is a fun, friendly place to meet other travelers. It also has the bonus elements of a garden, kitchen, and bar. The Location The hostel is excellently placed -- just a couple of minutes' stroll from the middle of town and the thermal baths and about fifteen minutes' walk away from the bus station. It's tucked away down a quiet little street,...
Hostal Restaurant Erupcion
"Hostal Restaurant Erupcion is a central, compact, clean, but fairly standard hostel amidst a myriad places to stay in Baños. It has its own restaurant with a balcony overlooking the central square and a good free breakfast too. The Location Located right on the central plaza, Hostal Restaurant Erupcion is easy to find and well located. It is a ten-minute walk from the bus station and a similar distance from the thermal baths, Las...
La Casa del Molino Blanco
"… back of your credit card ! Please contact us if you have any questions You have the choice between a four bed dorm, single room, double room with twin bed or double room with 2 beds. All rooms are equipped with closets and lockers in the dorms. Bed sheets, linen and towels are provided for all rooms. Breakfast is included (free), every day is different!! Taxes Not Included. Please note that due to new regulations with Visa &...
Hostal Santa Cruz
"… few." … "… around the open fireplaces and a tv to watch international movies and documentaries about Ecuador.Lots of travel information can be found and Roberto and his young friendly staff are also there to help or give advice about tour agencies. Roberto and some of his staff speak english. If you want you can order breakfast in advance for $2.20 or go around the corner to the Plantas y Blancas which probably has...
Hostal El Recreo
"… to choose from. Lockers available in all the dorms from our hostel We know what backpackers in Baños Tungurahua want! Please Note: Cancellation policy: 24 h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 13:00 to 23:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash. On arrival, you are required to pay in full for the total...
Napolitano Apart & Hotel
"… Apart & Hotel is surrounded by a lot of green and gives view at the waterfall of the virgin and the surrounding mountains of Banios. In just 3 minutes you walk to the church on the mainsquare or take a bycicle from the hotel which is situated right on the route to the waterfalls that surround banios. We give tourist information and work with the best tour operators to make your holiday onforgettable. Napolitano Apart...
Hostal Canela y Miel
"Location of the Hostel The Hostel Canela and Miel is situated right in the center of Baños and close to the church, the thermal baths, commercial centers,restaurants and the local bars and discotheques. We offer great deals in order with the local tour operator. We will inform you about all the available tours in Baños. check in: anytime check out: 12:00 breakfast included credit cards not accepted cancellation policy 48 hours...
"Loved it - I stayed at this hostel for several weeks, and then my husband joined me and we stayed for several more. It is an extremely well-run, clean, and welcoming place. close to everything (Banos is not large), though far enough away from the bus station and main highway to not have to listen to traffic all day and night. The family who runs the hostal is Super! Saulo (son) speaks multiple languages, and can give you local information or...
"Our hostel is a place for rest, we are located near the bus terminal (100 meters) and two blocks from the main street, we have rooms always clean, comfortable and quiet rooms with TV, private bathroom, hot water, wifi, have a common cusine, dining room with internet, is personal attention from their owners, offer tourist information about the city and the activities you can do." … "… and we are sure that you will enjoy your...
Hostal D' Mathias
"Best value of south america! - very good location, very clean (clean towels/room whenever you want), private bathroom with great hot shower, comfy bed ... But most important, amazing staff!!! Lovely family! The also own a tour agency so when you book at the hostel it's cheaper than any other tour agency in banos! All community places are just like home plus it's a quiet place too with amazing roof terrace (best rooms are up there too)....
"… maid service. Rooms, Designated Smoking Area Panoramic terrace The Hostal Cañalimeña is 400 meters from a bus terminal and includes a 24-hour reception and tour desk rooms are bright with mountain views and city view. 1 child or adult is charged an additional fee per night and person in an extra bed. Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a...
Eco-Hosteria Monte Selva
"… rooms, 12 cabaas and 2 suites, all with private bathroom, tv and hot water. Rooms are available for single, double, triple, quadruples as well quintuple use. Price includes breakfast with fresh fruitsalad, eggs, bread, fruit juice and coffee or tea. Lunch and dinner are provided in the restaurant for good prices. Price also includes access to thermal pool, sauna, and hydro-massage, indoor and outdoor SPA area only weekend....
"… nights you receive free laundry service. For every 5 nights you stay, you receive the 6th night for free. Drawing upon the evacuation of October 1999, the population of Baños, saw the need to develop a plan for the safe coexistence of people and tourists with the Tungurahua volcano, so we designed a \'early warning system.\' We offer discounted rates for bikes, Jeep hire, Motorcycles and horse riding. CharVic Property is...
"… built, painted and inspired by the art of Endara Crow artist. In this energetic place - during its passage to the Amazon or return to Baños - you can taste the products of our land, fused Gourmet. To complement your stay enjoy and relax in the spa facilities: swimming pool, hot tube, Turkish, therapeutic massages, personal development workshops, and the best ecuadorian food in our coffee restaurant Hosteria Miramelindo has 3 King...
Hotel El Belen
"Located near the bus station in Baños in Ecuador and surrounded by beautiful mountains. We propose tours in Chiva (typical bus) to the road of the waterfalls and others beautiful places. We offer garage,communal kitchen, laundry, wi fi, free internet. All our rooms have private bathroom, towels, hot water and TV. We also have rooms for handicapped persons" … "… others. Hotel El Belen is in downtown of Banos and is located...
Hotel Donde Marcelo
"In summary Hotel Donde Marcelo is a place to live and feel great during your visit to our city and its staff can expect to solve any needs they may have as we alive.} We have a big bar with a local and international beberage, alcoholic and not alcoholic, Restaurant when you can tatse the best local flavors. We have diferent types of room, double with king size or two beds, familly room where you will feel like a apart hotel, singles room,...
Bio Hostal Mindo
"Bio Hostal Mindo is the best place to rest in Mindo, 10 conformable rooms with private bathroom with Hot Water, close to everything including the Central Park in Mindo, Nathaly's Butterfly & Orchid Garden. We are just 200 meters from Mindo's Central Park. " … "… will take you to Mindo from the CARCELEN Bus Terminal in the north end of Quito: Aloag - San Pedrito - Kennedy. These bus companies will take you to...
Hostal Plantas y Blanco
"Hostal Plantas y Blanco (Plants and White Hostel) has a relaxed, backpacker atmosphere. The highlight of the establishment is the rooftop lounge, which serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and, during the rest of the day, functions as a community kitchen and lounge with a CD player, magazines and games.Rooms with shared bathrooms are $6.50 per person and 8.50 or 9.50$ per person with private bathroom. All Credit cards...
Hotel Villa Santa Clara
"Hotel Villa Santa Clara" … 12 de Noviembre y Velasco Ibarra
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"… El Colibri is a cozy and clean place to rest. Services : Internet Wifi Communal Kitchen Hot wáter 24 hours Daily Cleaning Roof Terrace Towels & Soap Fridge Security Guard Parking lot Coffee Terrace Cable TV Laundry Service The location is one of the best in Baños, we are located within walking distance of Central Park, municipality, banks, supermarket, church, the handicraft market, and clubs. Please note...
Baños Travel Tips & Suggestions
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.
— anne stevens
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.
— Paolo Magri
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.
— Paolo Magri
We found that Banos was the high spot on our vist to Ecuador.
— Don Petch - firstname.lastname@example.org
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