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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...
"Good value for your money - The hostel is in a quiet location, the rooms are clean, the pool nice." … "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." … "Great location by the baths, friendly staff, and cheap! - Loved this place! Onsite massage,...
Posada del Abuelo
"… spacious with a large garden where you can relax in the hammocks. It is 5 minutes walk from downtown and 3 minutes walk from the hot springs. It is a perfect location as there is no outside noise bothering the rest, except the sound of the nearby waterfall and the different birds in the area. 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...
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,...
Erupcion Hostel Banos
"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
"… is also the choice of ham, eggs, cereals, pancakes and fruit. By the way ...we speak English, German, and of course, Spanish. We also enjoy providing our guests with valuable tips about Banos, Ecuador, and other countries from our own travel experiences throughout South America, We hope to see you soon ...and if not, enjoy your stay in Banos and Ecuador! We are located in the San José neighborhood (barrio), three corners away...
Hostal Santa Cruz
"… facilities 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 the best...
Hostal El Recreo
"Good value - Marcelo and his wife are the best thing about this hostel -- they will do anything for you, and they are always smiling. Wonderful. The beds are fantastic and the dorms are spacious. The shower has some hot water. The worst thing about the hostel is location; it's a good 10 minutes walk into the centre." … "… Note: Cancellation policy: 24 h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be...
Timara Hostel Banos
"… and Private Rooms with en-suite bathroom. All our rooms has windows facing the landscapes and surrounding mountains of Baños Ecuador. Timara Hostel is the perfect starting point for seeing Baños Ecuador main attractions; all within walking distance! But relax do not panic. Timara Hostel Banos Policy & Cancellation : Check in time start at 13:00 to 23:00 . Check out time 11:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash....
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...
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...
La Casa de Pia
"… comfy beds, real wood floors and private bathrooms. Visitors worldwide have enjoyed our restful location that is simply minutes to such Baños destinations as termas de la Virgen, shops, restaurants and Baños corridor night life. Breakfast and parking are offered to upper and main floor guest rooms. La Casa de Pia'Policies & Conditions: Check in at 15:00. Check out before 13:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes...
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....
La Casa Verde - Eco Hostel
"… carrots, cabbage, corn, tomatoes, mandarin, avocado etc...) for people staying longer than a week; home-made snacks (including choc brownies and granola bars) and meals; beer and soft drink; 24 hr hot, high pressured showers and hot water in sinks; WiFi internet (with your own computer); extensive DVD library (over 250 new and classic movies); board games and cards; hammocks; 24 hr front desk; in-house massage and eco friendly spa...
"… rooms, kitchens, and after paying for three 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...
"… 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
"… and confortable rooms with private bath, towel, hot water, Cable TV, and WI-FI in the room.Spa offers jacuzzi, turkish bath, gym. All of them is included in the price. We also offer a computer with free Internet access, kitchen and laundry facilities, free parking. You can also partake in Tours to Chiva, the route of the waterfalls, jungle and others. Hotel El Belen is in downtown of Banos and is located two blocks from...
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
La Casa Sol - Quito
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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...
Hostería y Spa Isla de Baños
Hostal Monte Carmelo
"… and hot water 24 hours a day. Hostal Monte Carmelo also offers a common room with cable TV, WI-FI iand a terrace with a view of the whole town and of the incredible volcan TUNGURAHUA. Excellent breakfasts and above all peace and quiet in a clean and safe environment. Located on El Salado Ave, this bed and breakfast is just a 15 minute walk from ban-os town center and closed to the El Salado hot springs and the zoo. You are...
Hostal Jardin de Mariane
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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 - email@example.com
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