Use This Guide When Visiting Baños, Ecuador
Despite the volcanic activity of Tungurahua that forced the evacuation of Baños during 1999-2000, the city is a popular tourist area among Ecuadorian and foreign visitors.
They pass through the Basilica, the famous hot springs, the landscape, and the access to the jungle through Puyo and Misahuallí.
Tungurahua, also known as "El Gigante Negro", is the largest volcano in Ecuador, but the easiest to climb since Baños is already installed on its slope.
Regular drills keep residents and visitors aware of potential hazards. Be on the lookout for activity before heading to Baños.
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How to Get There & Move
Check flights from your region to Quito and other Ecuadorian cities with connections to Baños.
The buses to and from Baños arrive from Ambato (capital of the Tungurahua province), Quito, Cuenca, Latacunga, Riobamba, Puyo and Misahuallí.
The Terrestrial Terminal station is within walking distance of most hotels.
There is a jeep rental in town, or you can travel by mule.
When to Go
Ecuador has spring weather most of the year.
The pleasant weather is usually cloudy and cloudy, but the clouds do not interfere with activities.
Baños on Saturdays and Sundays are packed with weekend tourists, so if possible, plan a trip during the week.
If you want to link your visit to a local event, try:
- October: The feast of Our Lady of Holy Water draws crowds with religious processions, music, dancers, and fireworks.
- December 15-16: Baños' birthday celebrations begin the night before with festivals when each neighborhood or neighborhood hires a band and the neighbors perform street dances.
The anniversary day is celebrated with parades, civic events, street fairs, and sporting events.
Things to Do
- Baños (the full name of the city is Baños de Agua Santa) owes its name to the Church of the Virgin of Agua Benta.
- The church is a place of pilgrimage for those who come to thank Our Lady for so many miracles and ask for her blessing.
- The church was built in the Gothic style from the volcanic rock at the beginning of the century.
Inside the basilica, there are representations of volcanic eruptions and miracles of the Virgin.
- Visit the museum inside the basilica and its museums and art galleries.
- The baths, or baños, are located a short walk from the city center.
The water is colored by its high mineral content and the temperature varies according to the amount of cold water mixed in the bath.
Enjoy the city's hot springs at Termas de la Virgen, which is near the waterfall near the Sangay Spa Hotel, and the Santa Clara baths with sauna and gym.
El Salado Spa, Santa Ana Canton, and Eduardo Baths are also close to the city.
- Take a dip in the pool or go down the waterslide near Termas de la Virgen.
- Admire the Manto de la Virgen Waterfall, one of the waterfalls in the region.
- Learn Spanish in one of the language schools.
- Ride a horse in the hills surrounding the city.
- Walk, hike, or climb the trails and the surrounding volcano.
- Take a jungle tour of the Amazon rainforest. There are many tour operators in the city.
- Rent a mountain bike.
- Stroll through the San Martín Zoo to see many of the native animals of the Amazon rainforests and observe the care and protection provided to endangered or injured species.
- Go rafting on one of the nearby rivers, but first check the quality and condition of the water.
- Visit on market days and shop for local produce.
- Check out the craft stalls and silver craft, craft, and jewelry stores.
- Buy a sugarcane candy called Marshmallow. You can see how it is made or thrown away by tapping the candy against a door frame or other sturdy surface.
- Stroll along the boardwalk and visit the little shops.
Places to Stay & Eat
- There are a number of accommodation options, from residential locations, hostels, and upscale locations like Luna Volcán, Sangay Spa Hotel, and other hotels.
On weekdays it is easy to enter and find a room, but on weekends accommodation is limited.
- Catering to international visitors, the city's restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, as well as Ecuadorian specialties.
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