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.
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!
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 Árbol. On a clear day, this swing will give you views of Tungurahua volcano and the surroundings of the city that you will never forget.
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.