Miramelindo Spa Hotel

Parroquia Rio Verde, Banos, Ecuador
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Travel Tips for Baños

Taffy Pullers

by lemondrop

You will notice these guys stretching big hunks of taffy on the sidewalks of Banos. This is a Banos specialty, and I must admit..pretty good. I'm just not sure how I feel about it being pulled by bare hands.

Bungy Jump From a Bridge

by lemondrop

Not far outside of Banos, you can take the plunge from a bridge. It's certainly not the highest bungy jump, but it gets the job done. The price is around $10. This is just off the road to Puyo, so it can be done on the Banos-Puyo bicycle trip. $10 and extra pair of underwear

something special!

by elsadran about Petite Auberge

The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden and it's been there since 1988. The restaurant is one of the best in town. Service is excellent and the staff is very polite and professional. You will find a lot of French delicacies and a variety of dishes with a final touch that makes it special. Try spaghetti with broccoli and mushrooms! On Christmas Eve there was a huge Christmas Dinner with stuffed turkey, a lot of appetizers, Christmas cake, champagne and wine. There were candles and live music and everything! Every bite was a pleasure and they had arranged for me, travelling alone, to sit with other people who proved to be the perfect company...we had a great time! I remember after a few bottles of good red wine I was really happy as I expected to be on a Christmas Eve! Just fine!
Prices are about 6-7 for main dishes and the whole Christmas dinner party was 15$

Horses and ATVs

by jujub

We worked out a discounted package with a tour agency in Banos, which I do not recommend (i'll find the card and will post the name later). Our package consisted of a 3-hour horse ride, and renting 2 ATVs for 4 people.

The horse ride was fine, it was raining but we still had a good time. I think 3-hours was good enough, we were all sore afterwards. The horses did a loop up and down the mountain -- the down part was quite scary: it was a dirt path which was muddy because of the rain, and the horses were fighting to be the first one. So, there was a lot of horse-shoving, mud-slidding, rock-slipping type of moments. A guide does accompany you, by the way.

The all-terrain-vehicles, also know as ATVs, are a lot of fun to drive around. There is a map with suggested paths to follow, and sights around it. We rented a couple of ATVs, big enough to carry 2 people which helmets with the agency's name and telephone written on them. One of the ATVs broke in the beginning of our ride (the chain broke off), so we had to call the agency, wait for the calvary, wait for the calvary to try to fix it then after all efforts in fixing the chain are in vain, we had to drive back and bring another ATV out to our stranded fellow travellers. So, we resumed our driving experience.

There were plenty of paved and dirt roads, tunnels, and crazy dogs chasing us to make us laugh so hard we almost fell off the damn things. :)

Avenue of the waterfalls

by elsadran

There are about 20 waterfalls around the area and many of them are along the road to Puyo. This journey along Pastaza river gives awesome views of the green canyon which is the entrance to the Amazon Basin. The open-air colourful bus, the “chiva”, takes you there for 5$ and runs twice a day at 10am and 3pm for 3 hours.
A good way to see the scenic waterfalls along the road to Puyo is by bike. The most known ones are El Manto de la Novia (Bride's Veil) and Pailon del Diablo ( Devil's cauldron). There is a suspension bridge offering great views of the waterfall and a path going down, through the wonderful forest like vegetation, from Rio Verde. A cable basket that locals call “tarabita” crosses over the river for 1$ offering great views. The way back is uphill so if you are on a bike ask a pick up truck to take you back.
Another good idea in case you are not alone is to hire a taxi-guide for 20$ and share it with your friends.

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