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Baños Travel Guide: 193 reviews and 775 photos

The beautiful, tranquil Baños was founded in 1570 when the missionaries came to evangelise the locals of this area. It is embraced by scenic mountains creating a unique picture. As you are approaching on the bus the first sight of the green valley is already relaxing. It is located on the flank of an active volcano Tungurahua. The famous volcano is active since 1999 when the whole town was evacuated. But soon the inhabitants came back and have lived under the threat of a major eruption ever since. They strongly believe the Virgen of Agua Santa is protecting them. Many tourists are taken to the view point- I think Bellavista- late in the evening and stay up until 3.00 in order to get a magnificent night view of the volcano. When the eruptive activity raises and the sky is clear the sight is unforgettable.

Everybody coming to Baños have two things in mind. Walk or ride in the wonderful lush surroundings and indulge into the body and mind relaxing hot springs... The sweet climate allows for long walks in the jungle and the scenic waterfalls just a few kilometers away, and up the impressive hills that surround the beautiful town. There is a variety of ways to get around. Horses are readily available. Go-carts and bikes, too. “Chiva” the open air tourist bus and many agencies that combine many of them in 1 or 3 day tours. The numerous massage places and spas and the easily accessible hot springs are a relief!
The loads of tourists arriving usually stay more than planned and look really happy and tranquil ! Actually I had to change my original plans for a short 2-3 day visit to a week relaxing stay! Nice bars some with live music play their role in the lively nightlife.
Bus Quito to Baños about 4 hours

  • Last visit to Baños: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated May 22, 2008
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Sounds to be many great things to do around Baños!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Banos defiinitely looks like very alluring place to escape to for relaxation in nature's splendour. Great warning tip.

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