Baños Travel Guide

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Baños Highlights

  • Pro
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     Exhilarating natural beauty - Haunting atmosphere - Spooky bridges 

  • Con
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     The hotsprings were a little sketchy 

  • In a nutshell
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     Beetween the Andes and the Amazonía 

Baños Things to Do

  • Get a Massage

    Banos is a good place to get a low cost massage. Someone at my B&B recommended a guy who worked behind the Cafe Mariane. I got a good, professional 90 minute massage from him for $35. I don't know when I felt more relaxed and it was good for my muscles after hiking all over this mountain town.

  • La Virgen

    Banos is known for its thermal baths. La Virgen is one in the middle of town next to a waterfall. It had cold water, hot water, and really hot water. That was fine and the location very pretty but I got a day during summer vacation when there were lots of kids there who saw it as a community swimming pool. So not the best experience but worth...

  • Jumping from San Francisco Bridge

    When I had been in Baños two years earlier I had done a bridge jump (puenting) from a lower bridge over Río Blanco. Already then I thought I wanted to do the jump from San Francisco Bridge in Baños. It is a 120 metres high bridge going over Río Pastaza. San Francisco Bridge is situated just north of the bus terminal in Baños so in the morning I...

  • Mirador El Pastaza

    Just north of the bus terminal in Baños there is a viewpoint with beautiful views over Río Pastaza. There is a passage through the sugar cane stalls, or you can walk around the building. From the viewpoint you will also see San Francisco Bridge, the 120m tall bridge that you can do a bridge jump from (the jump is not so long tough).

  • Canopy tour - zip line

    One afternoon in Baños I went on a canopy tour with Geotours. We went to a place by Rio Ulba, above Cascadas Chamana. The cable system here is 2km long, divided in six zip-lines. The landscape was beautiful, especially when we went on the zip-lines over the river gorge. Besides going down the cable in a normal way I tried three different ways; the...


    Wander around Banos and you will come across Women squeezing the sugar cane in a press. You will be able to sample the fresh sugar cane juice. The sugar cane is also used to make Ecuador's favourite candy, "melcocha". After the sugar cane is passed through the press the raw cane syrup is boiled then it will be beaten and stretched by the locals...


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Baños Restaurants

  • Casa Hood

    I had not eaten at Casa Hood during my last visit to Baños, but now when I returned I ate here both evenings I was in town. The restaurant is owned by an American and the majority of the customers were other tourists, but it is a very nice place. The food is good, as well as the price, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. The restaurant is open 8.00...

  • Café Rico Pan

    Café Rico Pan is a good place for breakfast and when I visited it was full of people eating their breakfast. I had already eaten breakfast, but the rain had been pouring down the whole morning and as I had a cough I didn’t want to do any activities were I was going to get wet and cold. I decided to go to Café Rico Pan, have a cappuccino and think...

  • Lunch at CJ Patio de Comidas

    CJs is situated just half a block south of Parque Central. I came here to eat almuerzo (lunch of the day). For $3 (July 2013) the lunch was good and filling. In the soup there was chicken, yucca, and quinoa, and on the main plate there was rice, a fried potato cake, meat, salad and a piece of avocado. A drink and a piece of water melon as desert...


Baños Nightlife

  • Active Bar Scene

    Banos is a favorite destination for Ecuadoran 20 & 30 somethings. The draw: affordable alcohol. Modern Ecuadorans shun indigenous fermentations as much as the tourists. But if you are not drinking Pilsner, imported alcohol is very expensive. For reasons that could never be explained to me, alcohol is substantially less expensive in Banos than...

  • A small town but it has nightlife

    The nightlife scene in Banos is centred around a strip of a dozen bars or so on Alfaro. There are other places dotted around though that aren't on this street such as the Stray Dog Brew pub (run by the American people who run Hostal Posada del Arte).Its subject to the same peaks and troughs through the week as pretty much anywhere else in the...

  • Lots of nightlife!!!

    Because I had my daughter with me we didnt go into any bars but there are tons of them. There are also many people walking around in the streets of Banos at night. Most are tourist just checking out the town. I felt very safe here and the atmosphere at night is very festive. There are many vendors outside seeling food, hand crafts,...


Baños Transportation

  • To Baños from Quito, and back

    When leaving the hotel in Centro Historico in Quito I stopped a taxi on the street. The taxi driver said that he wanted to have $10 for going to Terminal Quitumbe, but I said I wanted to go with taxi-meter and he accepted that. It took just over half an hour to go from Centro Historico to Terminal Quitiumbe and it was $5.55 (July 2013). At Terminal...

  • To Baños from Puyo

    The terminal in Puyo is situated about a kilometre from the city centre along the road to Baños. As I was arriving to Puyo by bicycle from Baños and stopped at the terminal I never saw the centre of Puyo. I arrived at 17.00 and the next bus to Baños was leaving half an hour later. The man working on the bus put my bike in the compartment below and...

  • From Baños to Latacunga

    I came to the bus terminal in Baños after 10.30 and at 10.40 there was a bus leaving for Quito. I went into the office and bought a ticket and as always I got a seat number. The ticket was $2 (July 2011). I put my big backpack by my feet, by the window, and my small daypack on my lap. Before coming to Ecuador I had heard there is a lot of thefts on...


Baños Shopping

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  • Mercado Central and a supermarket

    At Mercado Central you can buy lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are also several cheap eateries. It is open between 7 and 18. Just across the road from Mercado Central there is a large supermarket Mega Bodega where you can practically find everything else that you can’t find at the market.

  • Sugarcane and sweet things

    By the bus terminal (on Amazonas) and on Martinez, on the way to the baths, there are several sugarcane stalls where you can buy jugo de caña, pieces of sugarcane to chew on and many other sweet things. On the main street, Ambato, there are several shops also selling sweet things and here you can often see someone standing in the door working with...

  • Tagua, vegetal ivory - La Tagua,...

    The shop is also the "factory" of Alberto. A small factory, but great products, mainly in Tagua (this white vegetal ivory), or also in colourful grains... You may ask him whatever you want to be built in Tagua, he will do it for you !Cette petite boutique est aussi l'"usine" d'Alberto. Une petite usine, certes, mais avec un gros debit de produits...


Baños Local Customs

  • sugar cane stalls

    Though sugar cane drinks are available in many Latin as well as Asian countries, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a proliferation of stands as in Baños nor anywhere near the gusto with which their owners hawked their products. Their numbers seem absurd until you see how popular they are, every one of them has a line at night! Well, at 35 cents for...

  • Fried guinea pigs - Les cochons d'inde...

    I have already told you about this ecuatorian and peruvian custom : eating the cuys, sort of guinea pigs could be considered as gross... if it was not that awful to eat !Je vous ai deja parle de cette coutume equatorienne et peruvienne : manger des cuys, sorte de cochon d'inde, pourrait etre considere comme purement degueulasse.. si c'etait pas si...

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Baños Warnings and Dangers

  • Fake US$

    We were passed 3 x $20 fake US$ notes in the main shopping street of Banos. My friend bought a picture and was given it in the change. We didn't notice it (weren't aware that we had to watch out for it in Ecuador) until the next day when we went to spend it and they threw their hands up in the shop shouting "Fako". We were advised to go to the...

  • The worst tour in my life!

    As I am not too fussy and prefer to keep my mind calm and my face unwrinkled... especially on vacation, I am usually quite or very happy with tours. But this one left me really disappointed and I have to warn you. The worst is that in response to my complaints they only said they were sorry in such an unconcerned tone that made me read in their...

  • attack of the killer butterflies

    When we did our little 5 k walk to a series of waterfalls near Machay on the Avenue of the Waterfalls road, we were amazed at how many butterflies there were. We were positively swamped with them, landing on us every time we made a photo stop and often before...which led to a photo stop!


Baños What to Pack

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    by richiecdisc Written Feb 18, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good hiking boots are a plus for trails that often are muddy from the considerable rain that falls on Baños. Even if it's nice and dry in town, be prepared for rain in the hills and for trails that might not be as dry as the pave streets of town. Those hills aren't that green for nothing! Always carry a rain jacket and at least a fleece as temperatures can drop and you might get cold waiting for a bus back to town.

    Photo Equipment: A zoom lens gets you closer to the waterfalls than you sometimes actually can and great for shots of the flora and of course, butterflies!

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Baños Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking in the Picturesque Patate Valley

    For a nice, truly 'off the beaten path' hiking experience, travel the 20 minutes from Banos to the Patate Valley for a hike above the tree lines.Carlos Restrepo, at the Hacienda Leito, will organize horseback or hiking trips into the farmland of the valley, all of which he owns. You will pass through cow pastures, past the houses of the many people...

  • Amazon Jungle

    You can access the Amazon jungle at Banos. Down this valley , about a 4 hour bus ride, is Le Puyo which lies within the jungle. Since this is a full day excursion and since we did not have the appropriate vaccinations we did not go .

  • Some friends - Des amis

    They live in Banos, they love doing nothing (maybe because they have no opportunity to to something for real) and they are so nice !!Ils vivent a Banos, ils adorent ne rien faire (peut-etre aussi parce qu'ils n'ont pas d'autre choix) et ils sont si sympas !!


Baños Sports & Outdoors

  • Bungy Jump From a Bridge

    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

  • Bike trip down the Altiplano and into...

    As my must-see-tip says, one of the best things to do in Baños is to hire a bike (dirt cheap at about $5 USD per day) and venture into the sorounding areas. Ask around for the best routes. My favorite one was the downhill ride to the jungle.

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  • how nice to be in Baños

    The bus ride in was glorious. The sun was shinning and verdant hills became ever steeper. It was nice to see the color green again after a few weeks in the sun dried Andes. It was truly warm too, not like in the mountains where a cloud could drop the temperature twenty degrees and let’s not talk about the Andean wind. Once we got our room, we...

  • everyone raves about Baños

    I’d only been in Ecuador about three weeks and already I was heading out of the mountains, the main reason I’d wanted come to the country in the first place. To be fair, the weather had pushed me ahead of schedule but I couldn’t help but feel a bit of remorse as I lost elevation with each mile towards Baños. Things had been a relative success....

  • Ecuadorian Wedding

    If you're lucky, you might catch a wedding while strolling by the church one night. Stick around and watch, nobody seems to mind at all.


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