Is Banos in Ecuador your next destination?
Baños de Agua Santa has unique landscapes of jungle-like forests, high incline mountains, canyons and ravines, waterfalls and hot springs are part of Banos’s amazing landscapes. It is one of the most fascinating Ecuador tourist attractions. Where lush green is everywhere you go and look while enjoying a mild to warm weather all year round.
Thanks to its topography and climate many natural attractions are available in town as well as in its surroundings. Baños is the ideal place for practicing a variety of adventure sports like rafting, bridge jumping, rappel, rock climbing, kayaking, zipline, swings, hanging bridge crossing, mainly, all these sports practices are right outside Banos town.
What´s in Baños town
Banos is a small walkable and quiet town but at the same time, it’s always alive. In Baños you will feel a sense of tranquility and peace, also Baños has a special atmosphere to have a good time, an option is to visit the area of bars, clubs, and discos, which has several nightlife establishments, with music for all tastes. In the daytime an immense variety of businesses focused on tourism are available
From, lodging for all budgets to restaurants with the best of national and international food will complement your stay in the most complete tourist center of Ecuador.
Relaxing Break in Baños
A wide range of lodging establishments offers a relaxing Spa service with different massage therapies from A to Z as hot stone, chocolate wraps, facials, reflexology, back and neck just to name a few.
Also, if your visit to Banos is with a relaxing purpose, check out the municipal natural hot springs called Termas de la Virgen, the water is replaced twice a day, 6 am and 6 pm. The location of the pool is right at the foot of the waterfall Called Cascada de la Virgen. Its entrance fee price is $2 USD.
In addition to this, other pools are available in at different hotels and Hosterias, where you are able to use its pools for a cost range between $10 to $20 USD
Coffee shops and restaurants in Banos
Coffee shops, Tea shops, restaurants from around the world, are all over as well as Mexican, Italian, Swiss restaurants, some theme restaurants as well as local cuisine as Guinea Pig, Ceviches, Hornado, Llapingachos, Cevichochos, Bolas de verde. Last, the traditional local sweets called melcochas (sugar cane toffee) and other sweets and drinks made of sugar cane as the famous alcoholic beverage called Sanduche or plain sugar diced cane are sold in Banos and its surroundings.
Banos local market and handicraft market
If you are a foodie check the local Market right at Banos main street where you will find an endless offer of local foods, and fruit juices as well as fruit, vegetables and more.
In addition too this, right next to the market, you´ll find a colorful handicraft market full of souvenirs from Banos, like T-shirts, keychains, jewelry, and much more.
Whats is Banos know for?
Baños de Agua Santa, back in the days was traditionally known for three things:
- Its sugar cane candies called “melcochas” which right now you can find other sweets also, you can taste the famous marshmallows and alfeñiques, cane juice and other local goodies.
- Know for its volcanic medicinal waters, that people on their long and tortuous journey to the jungle would make a stop to enjoy the natural hot springs and rest. Hot springs from the bowels of the Tungurahua volcano, with temperatures up to 55 degrees Celsius, to restore your vitality.
- For the miraculous “Virgen de Agua Santa”, or the Holly water Virgin, people are very faithful to this virgin because many miracles are attributed to her, and the most important, if not the most important miracle, locals believe that Virgen de Agua Santa is the one that looks after them and protects Banos from being affected by the eruptions of the Tungurahua volcano. Throughout history and although Banos is located right at the foot of Tungurahua volcano, Banos has never been affected by this massive volcano and its eruptions.
How far is Banos from Quito?
Quito to Banos is a great 3 hour 15min journey ( by private transportation and 3h 45 min by public transportation) or 190 km (118miles) where along the way can do stops at the main towns to try their typical snacks as Helado de Salcedo (Salcedo´s popsicle) or the typical Allullas con Queso de hoja (salt cookies with mozzarella cheese wrapped in a leaf).
Also, you will ride along the Panamerican highway as well as through the middle of two mountain ranges the eastern and western that at the same time, belong to the Andes. This part of Ecuador is known as the Avenue of the volcanoes.
How to get from Quito to Banos
Quito to Banos tour
If your destination is Banos and you are located in Quito, the most convenient option is a Banos tour which is offered by us. As a tour operator we offer a two (2) days one (1) night, all-inclusive Quito to Banos tour with two options:
- Econo Pack for $170 p/p
- Standard Pack for $190 p/p
Where the main difference is in the accommodation type. With these options we take care of every detail, from picking you up from your accommodation in Quito, to bringing you back to your accommodation once the tour is over, as well as programing all the reservations and visits you will do as part of the itinerary.
Quito to Banos by bus
If traveling on a budget or if you consider yourself a more adventurous person and want to start with the adventure from Quito, you can go to the Quitumbe Bus Terminal (south terminal) where you can get your bus ticket to get to Banos.
Driving from Quito to Banos
Last, driving to Banos from Quito, take the Panamerican highway south of Quito to the city of Ambato, here the turnoff is taken to the city of Pelileo towards the East, and then, the journey continues to Baños.
How is the weather in Baños?
It is a pleasant weather a bit warmer than Quito the average temperature is 18 to 22°C all year round
Activities in Baños
There are several options in terms of adventure sports:
Rafting Banos Ecuador
It is one of the most popular adventure sports among travelers visiting Banos: Rafting is practiced along the Pastaza River; you will be on the river for approximately 1.5 hours all the needed equipment as wetsuit, shoes, vest, helmet, and paddles will be supplied to you. Therefore the only thing you have to take is a swimming suit a towel and a good vibe!
What is rafting?
Rafting is considered an extreme sport and recreational activity. The main objective is to navigate downstream on river rapids using an inflated raft. Therefore, this sport is challenging, and requires a great briefing and a great deal of teamwork; it is practiced in most countries around the world. Rafting is also an extremely popular recreational activity in Banos and is practiced in most countries around the world.
Banos Ecuador Zipline
It is another a popular adventure sport among travelers as well, due to all the mountains, it turns into a natural setting along the waterfall trail for ziplining, there are several ziplines on the side of the road where not only you can stop to take pictures, but you can also stop to practice this wonderful adventure sport, where you start on one side of the river and end on the other side or across the river, the ziplines in Banos can go from 700 m long (2300ft) to the longest zipline in Ecuador with 1220 m. (4000 ft)
This zipline practice nowadays in Banos is mostly used as a tourist attraction but there are several families that still live across the river and use this crossing method for their everyday lives as for example going to work, kids going to school, going to the market and so on.
What is a zipline?
A zipline is a suspended metal cable that is tied down and secured on both ends, where the rider attaches to it with pulleys and a harness, then the rider is pulled by gravity down the incline and along the line, in Banos, there are three common positions to ride the zipline. Bat, Superman or Seating
What is waterfall Rappel?
Waterfall Rappel, is another popular adventure sport practiced in Banos which is also challenging and fun., Waterfall rappelling is usually when you will hike to the top of a waterfall, rappel down and then do it again or several times.
Classic Activities in Baños
Banos swing, it is the place where every person who visits Banos would like to take one of the amazing magazine pictures. Since a travel picture taken from this spot, won a photography travel award in the year 2014 people have not stopped to visit this charming swing which is known as “end of the world swing” since the photographer named the picture like this, others call it the “swing at the end of the world” and locally is known as “La Casa del Arbol” or “Treehouse swing”.
But, why Casa del Arbol? because the swing is placed underneath one of the sides of the charming little treehouse. The end of the world swing is located on an elevation in front of the Tungurahua volcano at 2662m,(8730ft) from where on a clear day the volcano is observed. In addition to that, this place is also a monitoring station for the volcano´s activity. Also, the place has a beautiful, well-kept garden and beautiful local flowers. Last, a small zipline, as well as a restaurant and, a Banos sign are part of this charming and cozy little place in Banos. A visit to Casa del Arbol is part of the Banos tour
Agoyán water dam and waterfall, the Agoyán water dam was built in the year 1987 with the purpose of generating electric power by using the flow of two rivers Chambo and Patate that form the Pastaza river, just a few meters down you are able to see its waterfall with the same name as the dam called Agoyan and right to the left of the Agoyan waterfall you can see the Guamag waterfall that comes all the way from the top of the mountain, so at this stop of the waterfall trail of a Banos tour you´ll be able to observe this two waterfalls from the front in a privileged view.
As you continue going down the road from Banos to Puyo, the next lookout from the side of the road the second stop is the waterfall called the Brides Veil, and once you take a minute to observe it, you will know why it is called like this.
This name was adopted because the waterfall´s water have such whiteness that resembles the bride’s veil. As a result, the crystal clear water that form the waterfall enhance the landscape. The bride´s veil is approximately 40 meters high with a single fall, its transparent water with an average temperature of 10º C.
Then, if you have a hiking spirit, here, at the Brides Veil is a good chance to do medium sweat hike of about 40 min to go and come back, where you can hike all the way down into the river and, go across the Pastaza river through a hanging bridge and continue walking to the bottom of the brides veil waterfall.
Devils CauldronDevils cauldron is located in a hamlet called Rio Verde or green river and it´s named after the color of the river that when observed it has an emerald green tone, this waterfall can be considered as the jewel of the crown in terms of waterfalls while doing a Banos tour.
Due to its location and beauty, it attracts thousands of travelers who get to Rio Verde in search of El Pailon del Diablo or Devils Cauldron, this waterfall has two entries, from the top and to the lower part where any of the two entrances you take will lead you different views and attractions, both sides are awesome, if visiting Banos longer than a one day Banos tour, and have the time to visit the Devil´s Cauldron through both entrances would be awesome since both sides have different and extraordinary views and activities.
Banos Ecuador elevation and location
Baños elevation is more or less at 1800m (5904ft) and its located on the province with the same name as the volcano “Tungurahua” the town of Baños is located right underneath the North-Eastern side of the Tungurahua volcano and to the East of Ambato, which is the capital city of the Tungurahua province
In Baños indigenous traditions and modern customs of American and foreign visitors are mixed. The tourist city of Baños is located in a valley with waterfalls and hot springs next to the Tungurahua volcano with a height of 5,016 meters.
The Population of Banos according to the last census(2010).
- 14600 people.
Tungurahua´s last eruption
The Tungurahua volcano´s last eruption was in the year 2014 where lahars mostly affected the western side of the volcano, the ash columns mainly affected two cities, Riobamba and Ambato, several houses, bridges, cattle and other small animals were lost as well as several human lives, part of the last activity and past eruptions are noticed on the black lava rocks that are often pointed out when traveling on a Banos tour
HOLIDAYS AND MAIN FESTIVITIES
1. Carnival in February
2. Holy Week
3. May 24 (Battle of Pichincha)
4. August 10 (First shout of independence)
5. Festivities of the Virgin in October
6. November 2 (Day of the faithful departed)
7. Cantonization Party in December.
Bring a good vibe and have lots of fun on your Banos tour!! V��e��a