Tour to Baños, don´t forget to visit and live the adventure in Baños. The Baños city enchanted place to have fun and relax. Baños de Agua Santa – Ecuador
Baños (de Agua Santa) is a small city in the Andean highlands of Ecuador under the smoke of volcano Tungurahua. Its name, which is Spanish for «Baths (of sacred water),» comes from the famous hydrothermal springs in the area. It’s equally popular with foreigners as with Ecuadorians, and is known as the adventure capital of Ecuador. The streets are lined with hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tour agents. Although it is very touristy, lots of people love it, more for the activities and surroundings than for the city itself. It’s an important hub for outdoor sports and jungle tours.
Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Señora del Agua Santa). This neo-Gothic style church is named after the vision of the Virgin Mary seen near the appropriately named waterfalls and is therefore a place of pilgrimage for those who come to thank the Virgin for many miracles and to ask for her blessing. It was built with many volcanic rocks and the inside is lined with paintings depicting the Virgin’s miracles.
Cascada de La Virgen. This is the main waterfall near the city center which empties near the thermal baths.
Manto de la novia, (Ruta de las Cascadas). This dynamic waterfall sometimes features two distinct chutes and has a cable car ride available.
Pailon de diablo, (Ruta de las Cascadas). This is the most impressive of the falls in the area with an option to hike to the source for a closer look.
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Baños is the adventure capital of South America, here you can do all kind of activities from rafting to paragliding.
There are activities options: rafting – canyoning – horseback riding – paragliding – trekking – rock climbing – biking tours – zip lining – jungle tours – kayaking courses – and more.
Waterfall Tour by touristic bus You can go to the waterfall trail daily during the morning at 10h30 or 14h30 is a tour that takes about 3h30 to 4 hours.
Hiking Around Baños there are several easy trails. Head up to the statue of the Virgin Mary which overlooks the town for nice views.. but be warned, it’s a heart-pumping hike.
Biking Several agencies rent out mountain bikes. But make sure that you or someone with experience checks out the bikes and ensures that they are safe to use. Especially check if the gear is clean and oiled enough – bikes look really good, but are sometimes not maintained like they should be. Also be sure to understand who has to pay for damage to the bike should it occur.
A popular ride is the 61km, mostly downhill, to Puyo. The first 18 km to Rio Verde is strewn with impressive waterfalls, some reached by mini cable cars across the valley. Rio Verde’s Pailón del Diablo is the most dramatic. Actually you can leave the bikes there for a small truck and they will take you and the bike as well to Baňos. The frequent tunnels on this road mostly have bike bypassses and the only one you need to go through is the first one.
You can also sometimes include a small bungee-style jump off a bridge some 30 minutes from Baños.
Rafting The rapids range from class II to IV, depending on the recent rainfall. The water is not too cold but beware of sunburn where the wet suit doesn’t cover.
ATVs and Dirt Bikes ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) and motocross bikes abound in the town and you can easily rent one for a couple of hours or days. The hills surrounding the town provide good views of the town and the volcano and climbing to the antenna or to the cross are both good options. You can also drive down to Puyo if you don’t feel like biking.
Jungle Tours Many kinds of tours are organized to the Amazonas jungle from day trips to the edge to two week adventures deep in the jungle. You will get to meet natives in their villages, swim under a waterfall and see at least some small wild animals like frogs, fish and spiders. You can usually also bundle the tour with rafting if you want. Shop around a bit for the package and price that best suits your wishes. 55 dollars for the trip.
Bungee Jumping Several tour operators offer bridge jumping (puenting). There are two bridges this is done from, one is much higher than the other. Although the operators are not covered by any kind of liability insurance, the rigging equipment is of high quality and done professionally. November 2015: if you wanna jump from the higher Bridge, thats San Francisco just cross the street from the busterminal. No agency needed. Just go there. Price 20 USD. Great fun!
La Casa Del Arbol Hailed as the «Swing at the End of the World» this awesome and cheap activity will have you sitting on a plank of wood as you sail out over the edge of a steep hill. Note that the place is very touristy and depending on the day/season you are likely to queue a bit to be able to use the swing for 30-60sec. It is actually a very interesting place to see group-effect in action as everybody queues and takes the same pictures.
Extreme Swing There is a bigger swing called «El Vuelo Del Condor». You will be strapped in a metal half-box and overlooking the city. You can go there from La Casa Del Arbol either by a bus or walk. It is very breathtaking and should be done in 5 mins.
Abseilling throught Waterfalls (Canyoning) Tour operators offer rapelling down waterfalls.
Health/ Massage Baños is not just well-known for it’s adventures, but also for Healing and Health. A newly open Ayurvedic clinic – Bioethika Center for Healing is offering all kinds of natural Ayurvedic treatments including the special Ayurvedic massages, located at Luis A. Martinez and Thomas Haflants, just next to the Libreria Cafe. There are many studios in the centro or hostals, within 50m of each other on the same street.
Thermal baths There are minimum 5 in Agua Thermales in Baños, walking distance. Opening hours 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. This bath is quite scenic because its located next to the waterfall la virgin.Share this tour
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