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Why should you visit Baños?

Baños, The adventure capital in the Ecuador

September 29th, 2018

Published by

Moisés Vivas Luna

Known worldwide as the capital of adventure in Ecuador, Baños de Agua Santa is a small city located between the central Andes and the Amazon of Ecuador, watched from the heights by the imposing Tungurahua volcano whose summit is located at 5,023 meters above the sea level, Baños is undoubtedly a destination that you must go to at least once in your life, the countless adventures and experiences that you will experience here accompanied by incredible and unique landscapes, will make your visit an unforgettable trip.


The name of this small town is actually "Baños de Agua Santa" (Holy Water Baths in Spanish), it comes from the famous hydrothermal springs of the area. The streets are full of hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and tourist agents. The warmth of its people, the colorful streets and houses, the local markets, the adventures and extreme sports and many other characteristics attract thousands of tourists to this city every year.


Even though El Tungurahua rises to 5,023 meters, the baths are at an altitude of only 1,820 meters above sea level, and this is one of the factors that make this small city so magical; Built in a wonderful valley with characteristics of jungle, Baños is a valley hidden between huge mountains and volcanoes in the middle of the Andes mountain range, therefore, you can enjoy different experiences that will take you from a climate similar to the tropical one with an Average temperature on the day of a little over 20 C ° until a cooler climate closes in just a few minutes.


Getting to Baños is very simple and you can do it with private or public transport, in case you choose the cheapest option, you can get a bus from the town where you are as follows:


If you are in Quito: Leaving from the land terminal of Quitumbe south of the city of Quito, the transfer to bathrooms will cost around $ 4 or $ 5 and the journey takes about 3 and a half hours.


If you are in Guayaquil: The tour lasts approximately 5 and a half hours and the ticket value is around $ 7.


Although the baths offer countless activities, here are some of the most famous and for nothing in the world you can get lost.



Canopy Puntzan
This is a truly unique adventure that you can not miss. The Canopy in Puntzan is an outdoor adventure, perfect for the whole family, it is located right at the foot of the hill of Sangay National Park in Baños de Agua Santa.


This canopy or also called Tyrolean or Zipline is one of the longest  in Baños, consists of 2,000 meters with 6 routes surrounded by an incredible and beautiful landscape, as well as a waterfall and a river. The duration of the trip will be from 2 to 3 hours approximately.


Canyoning is an incredible adventure sport practiced in the canyons or ravines of a river, in which very varied routes can be presented. There are also sections with little water flow and even dry.


The adventure allows you to move through the steep terrain of the canyon, which consists of basaltic rocks, small rivers and waterfalls that descend from the pristine water that melts from the Tungurahua volcano.



Experience the most challenging rafting, full of adrenaline.


The Pastaza River is very famous for rafting in Ecuador, with up to 5 hours of travel through the Amazon rainforest, located between the Llanganates Parks and the Sangay considered a Natural World Heritage Site.



Tour Baños by bicycle
Travel around the spectacular landscape that makes Baños Ecuador the paradise of a cyclist, providing a memorable vacation for the cyclist of all levels.


What better way to get to know this beautiful place than in a friendly way for the environment than on a bicycle?



Café del Cielo

With its spectacular views, the Café del Cielo is one of the main attractions in Baños because of its location.


Enjoy more than 34 varieties of coffee and natural tea, accompanied by delicious sandwiches, röstis, crepes, soups, salads and desserts.


Enjoy the beautiful view of the Tungurahua volcano, the charming town of Baños and the Llanganates National Park tasting a cocktail or a glass of mulled wine. A relaxing activity recommended to end your day.



Baño de Cajón
Live a relaxing experience with our Baño de Cajón in El Refugio SPA, one of the first Spas in Ecuador.


The herbal medicinal steam bath removes toxins from the blood and cleanses impurities from the skin, aiding good circulation, harmonizes the nervous system and regains thermal balance.

With our services we demonstrate that the harmony of the body, mind and spirit is not found in luxuries, or expensive treatments, but returning to nature, eliminating repressed emotions, discharging negative energies, pampering our body and caressing our soul.


Experience this ancestral experience yourself and how you renew your mind, body and spirit.



Double-decker bus to Casa del arbol and Café del cielo
The well-known Casa del Árbol (Tree House in spanish), which is located 2660 meters above sea level, is one of the best places to appreciate Mother Tungurahua in all its splendor. On the way you will see the impressive waterfalls of Chamana and Ulba.


In Casa del Árbol you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the impressive Tungurahua volcano accompanied by a delicious coffee.


You can witness a talk about the history of the eruptive process of this volcano and samples of different types of stones and ash that has fallen on the site.


If you are a lover of adventure and adrenaline, you will be able to rock in the famous Columpio del fin del mundo (Swing of the end of the world), something unique that Ecuador has, where when you rock you will feel the sensation that you fall to the precipice.


On your way back, you will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Baños de Agua Santa, accompanied by a delicious hot drink at the Café del Cielo, a coffee shop at the foot of Runtún hill.



Route of the waterfalls
Enjoy an amazing adventure with the Route of the Cascades.


Through the ecological corridor we can enjoy spectacular waterfalls, feel the adrenaline of flying in canopy, or crossing in tarabita.


Baños de Agua Santa, located in the middle of the Sangay National Park and the Llanganates National Park, is located at the entrance of the Ecuadorian Amazon.


Baños is very famous for its great waterfalls and the imposing attraction of the Pailon del Diablo will surely leave you speechless.



Pools and Hydromassage with hot volcanic water.
If you are looking to relax and enjoy a pleasant moment, you can enjoy the 4 pools and hydromassage with hot volcanic water + 1 waterfall of cold water.


They will help you relax from stress in a cool oasis of rest at the edge of the mountain with spectacular views of the valley of the town of Baños, the Tungurahua volcano and the Llanganates National Park.


Do not miss this incredible city in your visit to Ecuador, we guarantee that you will undoubtedly clear your mind at an extraordinary level, as well as enjoying wonderful outdoor adventures and extreme sports.


Do not think too much, Baños de Agua Santa awaits for you!

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