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In an idyllic setting beneath fertile green peaks, Baños is a major tourist hub of Ecuador and for good reason. The town is home to the countries best thermal hot springs, as well as a beautiful waterfall and several great outdoor activities. Baños is also popular for being the gateway town into the jungle, leading down to the upper Amazon basin.

Main Attractions

  • Certainly the main attraction in town is the variety of natural hotsprings, which are only a short walk from the center.
  • A downhill mountain bike ride to the town of Puyo affords fantastic views out over the upper Amazon basin.
  • Hike Tungurahua Volcano. This volcano is the largest in Ecuador and constantly emits gases and vapor. If you´re lucky you can catch a glimpse of red hot lava.

Best Time to Go

Baños is incredibly popular with Ecuadorians from the nearby capital of Quito, so weekends are best avoided. The spring like climate does not change here much, making a visit anytime throughout the year enjoyable.

Getting There

Buses from Quito take around 4 hours, private cars around 3 hours.

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