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Before coming to Baños I thought I would not like the town because it would be too touristy. Yes, there are many tourists in Baños, but there are so many fun things to do and I enjoyed my stay very much. I cycled to Puyo, and did a bridge jump and visited waterfalls along the road, I also went canyoning, rafting, canopying and hiking. What I didn’t do was to visit one of the baths Baños is famous for to swim in the mineral rich water from the hot springs.
Baños itself is not a very pretty town, but the setting is beautiful in a valley surrounded by green mountains. Nearby is Volcán Tungurahua (5023 metres) which is a volcano with recent activity. In 1999 the inhabitants of Baños had to be evacuated , and also in 2006 and 2008 there was activity, but not so much that the people in Baños had to leave the town. When I visited (2011) there was no visible activity, but still the travel agencies in town advertise the night chiva-tours to Bellavista as volcano tours. It must have been a pretty sight though when you could see the orange glow from the volcano at night time. Tungurahua is an active volcano and has had several eruptions recently with ash clouds spreading in the area.
Baños is situated at 1800 metres and the average temperature is 20°C. The population is 18 000.
Update 2013: My first visit to Baños was in 2011. In 2013 I came back but I just stayed for two nights. There was a lot of rain in Baños that time and as I had a cough I felt I couldn't do all activities that I wanted to do.
Update 2014: I only stayed for two nights this time too. I went to the baths, did canyoning, hiked up to Café del Cielo and had a massage and a face treatment. The weather was nice during this visit.
The canyoning in Río Blanco is done in a narrow, very beautiful canyon. We went rappelling down four waterfalls and then... more travel advice
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