Welcome to Baños


Look and feel aside, this is the central highlands’ premiere destination for mountain biking, hiking, rafting and partying, and while some folks will have their reservations about the town’s appearance, almost everybody leaves with a big smile on their face and great stories from their adventures.

The 2000 action film Proof of LIfe was filmed here.


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Canyoning in Rio Blanco from Baños

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Imagine Ecuador, Banos, Tungurahua ProvinceThe meeting point is at 9am at our agency in Baños where we will get changed and put our wetsuits and shoes on. We can leave our clothes and bags at the entrance of the Canyoning place. Then, we are heading in a private car to Rio Blanco for about 20 minutes. After we have the safety briefing by our guide explaining the abseiling techniques and safety instructions, you will be able to practice on land before we enter the canyon. When everybody are prepared we will have to hike uphill for about 20 minutes through breathtaking scenery. Then we can rappel down 3 different waterfalls, almost at the end of the canyoning section you can experience a natural waterslide that is the icon of this trip. At the entrance of the Canyoning section you will change back into your clothes and will return to Baños. Our services end here.Duration: 4 hours

$296 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 2-Day Quilotoa Lagoon and Baños from Quito

Day 1: Quito - Quilotoa Lagoon ( lunch )Your 2-day tour starts a journey through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, passing through by the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí. On the way to Quilotoa, you’ll stop to visit an indigenous thatched house from the Paramos tribe, where you’ll observe customs of residents.Visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. Then, continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the Quilotoa Lagoon located inside the crater. Once there you can enjoy of kayaking ride inside of the lake or go mule riding back to the top.Overnight in BañosDay 2: Baños - Quito (breakfast, lunch)After breakfast, you will take a walk to Agoyan Pailón del Diablo and Manto de la Novia waterfalls where it is possible to take a cable car down near the waterfall and Casa del Árbol to have a spectacular view of Baños.Lunch and around 14:30 pm return to Quito.

$80 Day Trips & Excursions

Banos to Puyo Amazon Rainforest Full-Day Trip Including Lunch

Your day trip to the Amazon jungle starts with meeting at a central location in Baños at 8:30 am. There, you will meet your prepared and experienced leaders and board a private vehicle to head to Puyo. After approximately 1 hour, you will reach Puyo where your first stop will be a rescue center for animals. Here, you will see monkeys, ocelots and caimans. We will then head to the camp in Hola Vida Reserve, an ecological reserve of 225 hectares dedicated to the conservation of the environment. You will first head with your guide to visit a beautiful waterfall located about two hours away from the cabins in the reserve. Once there, you will have a chance to swim and enjoy the tranquility of the forest. Spend some time here, taking in the atmosphere and stunning settings, which make this area a memorable place. Then, it is time to head back to the cabins and camp. On your way back, you will pass through and explore the jungle with your guide. Learn about the rainforest and its flora and fauna and try to spot interesting flowers and birds. Once you reach the cabins, you will enjoy a delicious and traditional lunch and then head on an exciting paddle canoe ride on the Puyo river. After 30-minutes of fun in the river, you will visit a viewpoint to admire an exceptional view of the rainforest and then continue your tour by visiting a Quichua indigenous community. See the people and how they make necklaces and bracelets. Here, you can also try and practice the blowpipe and paint your faces with achiote, which is a natural paint. After a fun-filled jungle adventure, you will be taken back to Baños.

$1900 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Discovering Ecuador By Public Bus

Start and end in Quito! With the discovery tour Discovering Ecuador By Public Bus , you have a 17 day tour package taking you through Quito, Ecuador and 13 other destinations in Ecuador such as Otavalo , Cuicocha lake, Tena City , the Amazon , nightlife in Banos , the waterfalls road , Chimborazo Volcano , Devils Nose Train Ride , The Avenue of the Volcanoes , Cuenca City and surroundings , Guayaquil down town, Puerto Lopez , Isla de la Plata and much more. Discovering Ecuador By Public Bus is a middle size group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport. INCLUDED  17 Days / 16 Nights program in TWIN or DBL room ( ask for single supplement room price ) English Speaking Tour Guide Local bus Transportation ( public bus ) All sightseing mentioned in program  American breakfast included everyday Lunch ( just at the jungle lodge ) Dinner  ( just at the jungle lodge ) NOT INCLUDED  Personal Expenses  Phone Calls Drinks  any activity no specified in program Local Flight from Manta to Quito is not included, however, we recomend that you book it directly through us. Gratuities

$600 Multi-day & Extended Tours

FROM QUITO TO BAÑOS

Day 1: We start our tour from Quito early in the morning. The first day we will drive to Quilotoa Crater Lake but on the way we will have some stops. Depending of the day of departure we will stop at one of the traditional indigenous markets. This can be in Pujilí or Zumbahua that operate once a week and where the locals from the area congregate to sell their products. Another stop Tigua village and their famous painters who have achieved a prestigious name for painting indigenous traditions and Andean landscapes on goatskin. One stop more will be in the Toachi canyons before we continue to Quilotoa. This is our destination, where it will be possible to hike part of the edge of the crater or hike down to the lake (this hike is demanding but it is possible to hire a mule for the return climb.  (This cost is not included). We will have lunch at one of the locally own restaurants in the area and will move to Baños. On the way we will stop to try traditional ice-creams elaborated in the area. Our final destination this first day is a little town called “Baños” one of the most popular and interesting towns on the way to the Amazon Rainforest.Day 2: We have breakfast at the hotel and we will move east to visit the amazing route of the waterfalls where we have the chance to have a little ride on a gondola crossing the big Pastaza River to get a close view of one of the waterfalls called “Manto de la novia”. We will also visit another waterfall called “Pailon Del Diablo” or Devil’s cauldron in English. To get here we will have a hike along a forest path for around 45 minutes. We will return to Baños for lunch. In the afternoon we will go swinging on the swing at the end of the world and visit the town. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to explore the area.Day 3: This third day we will start our return to Quito. On the way we will visit the Salasacas indigenous group and their textile shops located in the main square of this town. We will continue to “Cotopaxi Volcano and National Park”, a volcano of 5.897-m-high considered the highest active volcano in the world. This is an impressive sight to see if weather conditions are in our favor. During our stay at the National Park we will admire its natural environment, its Flora and Fauna with the explanations provided by your naturalist guide. We have a hike around Limpiopungo Lake which is located at the foot of the volcano and another one by the edge of a cliff watching the native vegetation . We will have lunch in the area of Cotopaxi and will return to Quito afterwards.

$510 Multi-day & Extended Tours

From the Andes to the Amazon 3D - 2N Cotopaxi - Quilotoa - Baños - Puyo

An early departure at 7:30 am will venture you into the Andes through the Panamerican Highway admiring the diverse ecosystems of the route know as the "Avenue of the Volcanoes".  Following, you'll head out to Quilotoa Lake, a 3km wide water filled caldera formed by the collapse of the volcano's crater after a massive eruption. Here it is possible to either hike around the edge of the caldera or do the hike towards the lake. There are kayaks available at the lake for rent, which will add a sense of adventure to your visit to this breathtaking site. You’ll have lunch in a local restaurant and make your way to Baños late in the afternoon. Overnight in Baños. On day 2 you’ll explore the route of the waterfalls. Baños de Agua Santa (Spanish for Baths of Holy Water) is named after the hot springs and thermal baths located around the city which have a reputation of having healing properties due to their mineral content. Visit Pailón del Diablo, one of the largest and most spectacular falls in Ecuador. Baños is also known as the "Gateway to the Amazon", as it's the last big city still located in the mountains before reaching the rainforest in the lowlands.  This day you'll get the opportunity to experience the diversity and beauty of the Amazon Rainforest by visiting "Hola Vida" reserve, just a few kilometers away from Puyo. Be ready for a day full of possibilities and maximum flexibility in the visits and activities available. If weather permits you'll enjoy the sunset at “The Tree House” and swing of the end of the world  with the best view to Tungurahua Volcano.  On the last day, a two hour drive will bring you to the Cotopaxi National Park, arriving at the foot of the impressive active volcano 5.897-m-high, considered the highest active volcano in the world. You'll hike around the Limpiopungo Lagoon and, weather permitting, you'll get the best view of Cotopaxi. You'll enjoy a delicious lunch at Tambopaxi: an ecological hotel and mountain refuge located within the park at 3720 meters above sea level. Later in the afternoon, you'll drive back to Quito.