In fact, it’s an awesome city packed with adventure sports. I went to Baños with some friends for a few nights travelling from the capital city Quito by bus which took around 3 hours on some very windy roads, arriving at 10 pm without a hostel booked. Luckily, it took no time at all to browse a handful of hostels in the small central area of the city, finding a good priced dorm room with single, double and a bunk bed.
The city of Baños is an extremely popular tourist destination in the Tungurahua Province in central Ecuador. Baños is very popular due to its extreme sports activities ranging from ziplining, bungee jumping, rafting, kayaking and hiking. Baños also attracts people because of its natural beauty which consists of 60 waterfalls, a national park and a volcano. This little city is also known for having a lively night-life with one main street having some fun bars and clubs that everyone congregates in to dance and drink into the early hours.
In the morning after heading out for breakfast we decided to rent bicycles and cycle to one of the main attractions Pailon del Diablo (Cauldron of the Devil) a huge waterfall which is 30 minutes from the centre. We rented bicycles for the whole day from a cheap local rental shop that provided us with a map, lock and repair kit. Then we were on our way in heavy rain along the designated cycle paths.
The route to the waterfall is very pretty, all green and hilly, and with ziplining opportunities along the way, which some of my friends tried out and loved.
We arrived at the start of the trek to the waterfall and hiked for 20 minutes or less and paid a few dollars to see the view. We were able to get some great views and photographs up close of how huge and powerful the waterfall is. You can stand beneath it which is pretty cool. This gives you the opportunity to get a great photo, though you get quite wet, so it’s best to leave non waterproof belongings with friends.
There are plenty of great restaurants and cafés in the centre with a range of food including a great restaurant that was very accommodating for our large group and made delicious pizzas. Me and a friend accidentally put too many chilli flakes onto ours which made eating it quite amusing.
In the afternoon me and my friends took a taxi to the famous Swing at the End of the World (Casa Del Arbol) which is 2 swings attached to 2 large branches where there is a tree-house and it looks like you are swinging to your death over the cliff top covered with low lying clouds. It’s a bit of a bucket list thing and a great photo opportunity and only costs $1.
On the last day, 2 friends bungee jumped off of a bridge from over 330 ft, which looked incredibly scary but another great photo opportunity and video. Following the bungee jump we walked to a hot spring to relax for a few hours before leaving for a 3 hour drive back to Quito. The hot spring was nice but more crowded than others, and not as nice.
I would definitely recommend visiting Baños if you are in Ecuador and if you enjoy adrenaline sports. Have you been to Baños? What did you think and what do you recommend? Comment below!