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Baños Travel Guide: 194 reviews and 776 photos

Baños suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. On one hand it is everything that tourists both foreign and nationals alike imagine Ecuador to be. Lush green mountains, abundant flowing waterfalls, and volcanic activity right at your door. Detractors will point out a lack of Andean culture and a Disney-like atmosphere pervading. What Baños is however is a gateway town between the Amazon basin and the Andean plateau. It’s no wonder it doesn’t quite fit within any one particular region’s conception. It’s not tropical but it is incredibly green. It lacks the harsh Andean climate but enjoys cool evenings afforded by its mountainous location. It can’t help being at a nearly ideal elevation. It doesn’t pretend to be a center of culture and though there are some fine examples of architecture within the small city limits, its calling card sights are those of its setting. In Baños, it’s nature that rules. But perhaps the best evaluation of the town comes from those that flock there and that number is considerable. Ask an Ecuadorian what he thinks of Baños and invariably you’ll be answered with a smile. They all love the place. Baños is also that rare destination that can satisfy foreigners as well as its nationals. They may have come to Ecuador to see the Galapagos Island and Cotopaxi but you’ll be hard pressed to find one that didn’t enjoy their time in Baños as much as anything on their visit. Sure, Baños is a tourist town but its one that knows how to satisfy its loyal following and who can fault a town for so effortlessly doing that? Sometimes it’s best not to ask why. Just enjoy, everyone else seems to.

  • Last visit to Baños: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 18, 2008
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    With waterfalls, hot baths and nice parks Baños sounds like a great place to visit! And the cabins near Pailón del Diablo a perfect place to stay for a night, or two!

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Nice job!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Wow, Richie, you really made me want to catch the next flight out after reading this page! That convent courtyard really does look like a great place to relax, and let's not even mention your accoms in the Chimenea annex! My kind of city.

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2008 at 8:12 AM

    Fantastic, hemm.... I am not sure about that bridge, ok, I see you sent D first ;-)

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2008 at 4:46 AM

    The more I read about your Ecuador trip, the more I want to go! This seems an essential stop, especially the Ave of the Waterfalls & the butterflies. Until I CAN get there however, I'm enjoying making do with your excellent vivid descriptions & photos :)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Wow, this is a dream spot !! This lush green surroundings, butterflies and this really magic rainforest is very much appealing to spend weeks in :-) I should go to Ecuador one day :-)

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    The good life. Don't feel guilty for being comfortable. ;-)

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    butterflies, hot showers, italian food, naps, sugar cane drinks...mmhh, that sounds sooo good...

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