Welcome to Baños
Baños is a mixed bag. The setting is amazing. From town you can see waterfalls, hike through lush forests, rest your bones in steaming thermal springs, hike down impossibly steep gorges, bike or boat all the way to the Amazon Basin, and marvel at the occasional eruption of nearby Volcán Tungurahua. But the town itself is somewhat overwhelmed with garish tour operators, cut-price spas and budget accommodations, and much of the architecture is rather drab. This said, this is the central highlands’ premiere destination for mountain biking, hiking, rafting and partying, and while many folks will have their reservations about the town’s look and feel, almost everybody leaves with a big smile on their face and great stories from their adventures.