Baños de Agua Santa is a gateway to the nearby
Amazon Basin or Oriente. Originally famous for its mineral-rich hot springs,
it’s now known as the capital of outdoors things to do in, Ecuador, such as trails on the
active Tungurahua Volcano, white water rafting, bicycling, paragliding, bungi
jumping, etc. The central Church of Our Lady of Holy Water has paintings
depicting miracles attributed to the Virgin Mary. To the east, El Pailón del
Diablo and Agoyán are dramatic waterfalls on the Río Pastaza.
The British owner of the 5 star Sangay Hotel, swears by
the Balneario, El Salado, even though he has thermal spring
water in his own hotel. He soaks there every morning
at dawn. He advises not to go for the clear blue swimming
pools, but for the hottest, mineral richest & murkiest thermal baths in Baños Ecuador,
that flow straight out of the volcanic springs.
The richest one is a small somewhat murky pool at El Salado!
The hottest and purest thermal bath in El salado. The smaller the bath, the
purer the spring.
For the brave, one can cool off in the icy cold river running
by the pools.
Piscinas de la
Virgen hot springs of Baños, Ecuador.
de la Virgen waterfall.
Others vouch for the thermal baths hot springs in Baños Ecuador of the Piscinas de la
Virgen at the end of the Avenida Martínez, next to the Cascada
de la Virgen waterfall plunging from the Tunguragua facade;
At night it’s beautifully illuminated. The 3 main
pools are open in daytime, while some pools downstairs are
only open at night.
Clara is focused in the local population.
Swimming pool is more focused on international clientele.
In addition to the baths, a sub-industry of spa treatments
and massage therapies has sprung up in town. Many of the
more resort-type hotels have their own thermal pools, saunas,
Turkish baths, steam boxes, whirlpools, therapeutic and
relaxing massages - even Chinese, Swedish or Thai -, facials,
aromatherapy, medicinal mud baths and other spa-related
treats are among the things to do in Baños Ecuador. Hotel guests get many of the facilities for free
(not massages), while non-guests are charged a fee. El Refugio
is a bit east of town in San Vicente, while downtown a wide
choice of accommodations are available. Santa Clara thermal
baths particularly attends to the indigenous and less wealthy
Ecuadorians, while Eduardo's (above right) attends to a more affluent
clientele with much steeper prices.
For things to do in Baños, Ecuador,
recently, a British gentleman restored the beautiful
Sangay Hotel to a fantastic
5 star hotel and spa with all the facilities and services
one can dream of. Most importantly, he went at great length
restoring the beautiful main building to its original condition
and much better, with all sorts of invisible fortifications
to make the building earthquake proof. If you can effort
it and like this kind of luxury, this is the place to go!
We highly recommend it, but of course, Baños has many alternative
places to sleep, varying from a few dollars per night for
students and lovely great value for money inns and retreats.
Ecuador, Outdoors Activities
The Manta de la Novia Waterfalls, Baños in Ecuador are fantastic falls about
20 minutes east of Baños. Along the road side, quite a little
industry has developed, offering cable cart rides across
the canyon and for the more daring, there are several providers
of rappelling, yet another fabulous outdoors
things to do in Baños Ecuador.
I was never going to do THAT! Until our lovely 9 year old
tour companion said she was going to do it. Then what is
an adult man to do........... Well, yes, it was scary, but
not as bad as I had feared, and actually GREAT FUN! The
crew was very good at what they did and made you feel in
An alternative and less adrenaline laden way of passing
the Pastaza Canyon is by cable cart, which also allows you
to take better close-up pictures of the Manto de la Novia
Waterfalls, Baños in Ecuador.
Also located along the main road, is the Pailón del Diablo
Waterfall Baños in Ecuador. This fall is what is left after a hydraulic electricity
plant, built in the 1970s, funneled off most of the river
water into a bi-pass through the rocks, leading to its turbines.
But still the waterfall is dramatically beautiful and well
worth the stop. You can take the stairs down to take a closer
Byking is organized in many different degrees of difficulty.
There are pleasant rides downhill along the Pastaza Canyon,
as well as tough mountain biking on the different trails
leading up and down from the canyon, truly aerobic
outdoors activities in Baños in Ecuador.
In front of the church, facing the Central Plaza, one finds
the souvenir stalls of the town. Always busy with local
people, it is a joy to watch the people. The interior of
the church is surprisingly nice and enjoys a healthy attendance
from the local congregation, while there is a lively market
on the Plaza Central in front of the church.
Baños is not really old, and the Nuestra Señora del Agua
Santa Church dates from the beginning of last century. But
it is a lovely building in the neo-gothic style of that
period, with a beautiful courtyard and a fantastic surprise:
a general museum featuring rooms with ethnological, religious,
historical, biological, and many other expositions
- particularly the collection of indigenous pottery is
The quality is not top notch, but hey, this is done with
very little money and is of great value to the local population.
You, as a visitor will find some marvelous objects and it is well worth
spending half an hour or so, just as long as you open your
mind to the effort behind it all.
Our favorite hotel "El Pedron" is an oasis in town, totally
covered in trees and surrounded by a beautiful garden. Reasonably
priced, it is wise to make reservations on weekend nights
as it is often full. No spa service but great hospitality.
This old watertower remodeled to serve as a restaurant gives
a beautiful view of the surroundings!
Climate of Baños
We don't have statistics on sun hours, but be prepared for cloudy skies,
even during the dry season in the Central Valley. Baños
lies half way the relatively dry central valley and the
wettest region surrounding Tena and Puyo. The humid air
from the Amazon Lowlands get pushed up through the canyon,
and as the air cools, humidity is forced out of the air,
often forming fog and rain. On the other hand, the temperatures
are quite ,usually quite comfortable for the many outdoors
activities of the town, as well for enjoying the thermal
Whatever makes you tick, relaxation and massage in the spas,
high adrenaline outdoors activities in Baños Ecuador, some serious hiking or biking
in the mountains, you will find fun adventures in
Baños in Ecuador.
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