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TOP 15 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR

  1. Thermal Baths

  2. Zip-lining

  3. The Pailón Waterfalls Stairways

  4. Wild water rafting

  5. Mountain biking

  6. Bungee jumping

  7. Trampoline

  8. Hiking in the mountains

  1. Paragliding

  2. Rappelling

  3. Baños Nightlife

  4. Buggy carting

  5. "End of the World" Swing

  6. Nuestra Señora del Agua Church

  7. Museum

 

Baños in Ecuador, TOP 15 Adventures

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 adventures 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.

 

 

Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:

 

OUR PARKS AND TRIBES ECO TOURS

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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.

STANDARD COFAN LODGE TOUR

Start your Cuyabeno journey on Ecuador's most scenic wide Amazon tributary, the Aguarico River. Spend 3 nights in the Cofan Lodge, exploring the lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers.

 

 

Price: $ 499

 4 days

Children learning about the rainforest.

CUYABENO LOOP

The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

5 days

 

Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador

LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!

 

Price: $ 1099

7 days

excursion on Lake Cuyabeno

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAM

The Cuyabeno Lake Program explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

Price: from $ 410

4 - 5 days

 

Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.

NORTHERN ANDES TOUR

Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

 

Price: from $1149

5 days

San Rafael Falls

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: $ 1999

9 days

 

Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

Price: from $ 550

from 3 days

Inca wall in Cusco.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: $ 1199

7 days

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Baños in Ecuador Thermal Baths

Thermal baths #1

 

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 thermal baths.

Cascada de la Virgen waterfall.

 

Others vouch for the thermal baths 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.

 

Balneario Santa Clara is focused in the local population.

Eduardo's 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.

 

 

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 off. 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.

 

Baños 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 activities in Baños Ecuador.

 

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Pastaza River with the Manta de la Novia Waterfalls, Baños EcuadoTOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Zip lining the Cañon del Río Pastaza River near the Manta de la Novia Waterfalls, Baños EcuadoTOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Cable Cart Manto de la Novia Waterfalls, BAÑOS IN ECUADOR

Zip-lining #2

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 safe hands. 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.

 

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Cascada Pailón del Diablo.TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Stairway de la Cascada Pailón del Diablo.

Descent to the Pailón Waterfall #3

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 look.

 

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: rafting on the Río Pastaza.TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Bike riding.

Things to Do in Baños Ecuador

Wild water rafting #4

White water rafting on the Pastaza River through the Pastaza Gorge is one of the top adventures in Baños Ecuador.

Mountain biking #5

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.

 

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Bungee jumping.TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]:  Trampoline.

Bungee jumping #6

For many, the ultimate MUST-DO THRILL is bungee jumping, yet another one of the many outdoors activies in Baños Ecuador along the Pastaza River Canyon.

Trampoline #7

For the younger ones, a neat outdoors activity is trampoline jumping with enforcement of rubber cables, offered at the Manto de la Novia Falls.

 

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Hiking in the paramos of the parks.Diversión Baños

Hiking in the mountains of the national parks #8

Baños is stuck between Sangay and Llanganates National Parks where you can make fabulous hikes, including walking up the Tunguragua Volcano.

Paragliding #9

Paragliding is among the top exiting adventures and a fantastic way to oversee Baños in Ecuador.

 

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Mountaineering around BañosTOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Baños nightlife.

Rappeling #10

Un deporte importante es el andinismo y practicar rapeling.

Nightlife #11

Nightllife in Baños is totally cool with bars, discos, restaurants, termal bathts and health massages and other things to do in Baños Ecuador

 

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Buggy riding".TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: "End of the World Swing"

Buggy carting #12

One can rent buggies and go carting in the wild in the mountains near Baños.

The "End of the World Swing" #13

The "End of the World Swing is fun for all ages.

 

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Nuestra Señora del Agua Church, Baños EcuadorTOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Nuestra Señora del Agua Church interior, Baños Ecuador

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Nuestra Señora del Agua Church courtyard, Baños EcuadorTOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Nuestra Señora del Agua souvenir market.

Nuestra Señora del Agua Church #14

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.

 

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Nuestra Señora del Agua Museu, ethnological exposition.TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Nuestra Señora del Agua Museo, religous exposition.

Museum #15

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 very interesting.

 

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. 

 

 

TOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: El Pedrón Hotel resort, Baños EcuadoTOP 10 ADVENTURES IN BAÑOS IN ECUADOR [OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES]: Restaurant Water Tower.

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 baths. 

 

WHICH R TOP ADVENTURES, BAÑOS IN ECUADOR: Average Temperatures.WHICH R TOP ADVENTURES, BAÑOS IN ECUADOR: Average Rainfall.

 

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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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website and founder of Parks and Tribes. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature. https://www.facebook.com/DrDaanVreugdenhil, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdaanvreugdenhil/. He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge.