Baños, known by the Casa del Árbol or “Swing at the end of the world”, is a small city located about 3 hours from Quito. It has recently become one of Ecuador’s top touristic attractions. It’s thermal baths, diverse cuisine and prime location for outdoor activities like zip-lining or bungee jumping have made this place a must for first timers in the small South American nation.

Samari Spa Resort is definitely a good place to consider staying at. Just a couple of minutes away from downtown, this resort has comfortable rooms, a nice spa and pool for a relaxing experience in Baños.

You can start the day with some zip-lining for just $10 bucks and with amazing views of the rainforest and waterfalls surrounding the city.  There is also the option of enjoying this incredible views by riding in a cable across the waterfalls. For the more adventurous, bungee jumping is good an option to consider.

Waterfalls views before zip-lining

The day can continue with a visit of the famous waterfalls “Pailon del Diablo”. You can grab a taxi from your hotel and is a short trip that should cost around 5 bucks to get there. The walk to actually reach the waterfalls ($2 USD entrance) is about half an hour but certainly worth it. Expect to get wet so dress accordingly as you have the option to walk behind the waterfalls! 

Pailon del Diablo Waterfalls


Although a relatively small place, Baños has many good quality restaurants. Make sure to stop by Swiss Bistro for a top class steak or Casa Hood for middle eastern food. 

A visit to Baños wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the previously mentioned Casa del ÁrbolOn a clear day, this swing will give you views of Tungurahua volcano and the surroundings of the city that you will never forget. 

Casa del Arbol. Photo by Astisya S.

Baños is definitely a place to visit in Ecuador with a uniqueness and beauty that will make you want to come back one day!

Next Stop: Guayaquil.