It ranks among the sixth most visited places in Ecuador and here's why....
Zip-lining whitewater rafting canyoning bridge jumping horseback riding paragliding hiking canopy rides biking ATV Amazon tours.
Don't miss the Pailon del Diablo Waterfall
(which you'll see in our video below the map)
Okay, let's start with the map of Ecuador.
Go ahead and zoom in and out.
(click twice on the zoom in and Banos with appear)
The closest airport is Quito just north of Banos.
If you fly into Quito, you can get there by bus, taxi or private driver.
A bus will take you about four hours and is the cheapest way to go.
However, if you fly into Quito, you will have to take a taxi to the bus station
(Quitumbre Bus Terminal) and that will run you about $25.
If you have a lot of luggage or you want a more direct route,
we recommend a private driver (approximately $100-safer too!).
Our driver met us at the airport.
A private driver will also cut about 30 minutes off the trip.
Our lodge manager suggested a driver and he was prompt, friendly and safe!
Here is his information:
Adolfo +593 98 970 5097
Another HUGE attraction!
Not only is it great fun,
but on a clear day you can enjoy the views of Mt.Tungurahua.
An active volcano!
Here's more information on the swing and location.
End Of The World Swing
Banos, Ecuador has over 60 waterfalls and hot springs.
Get cooled off or heated up!
Don't miss this one!
La Casa Verde Eco Guest Lodge.
Great outdoor spaces-right on the river!
Just outside of town, you can walk to town or take a taxi for $2.
Breakfasts are huge.
If you need help arranging a tour the hosts are happy to help you out.
Here's the link for the lodge.
La Casa Eco Lodge
Our host at the La Casa Eco Lodge suggested a private tour that included an animal sanctuary, lunch, swim under a waterfall
(which we skipped), cocoa farm, dugout canoe ride
and a visit to the Wauyuri indigenous tribe for some face painting, dance,
blow dart training.
Also expect a bit of wildlife.
See my monkey encounter below.
You can customize the tour with this guide.
If you stay at La Casa Eco Lodge, the host will set it up,
otherwise here is the contact information.
He speaks English and was a delightful tour guide:
Oswaldo: +593 99 179 5524
Besides all the high flying and water activities, check out this picturesque and
educational park just outside town.
Flowers, animals, ponds, educational stations.
Here's a link for more information.
Back in town, you'll find a large recreational park for kids.
The park is called Juan Montalvo Park. You can see it below.
Use Google maps while you searching for all the
We always follow Tripadvisor reviews.
Here is a list the best restaurants in Banos. We tried as many as possible
loved them all!
There is a lively nightlife, just head to town and
check out Ambato or Eloy Alfaro streets for fun, dancing, drinking
or just people watching.
Many bars have upper decks facing the street below.
1. We suggest you look at Tripadvisor for reviews on the tours you are interested in. If you would want to do some rafting, ask which season is the best. We were there in November. The weather was wonderful, but the river was low.
2. Most tour companies ( if not all) only take cash. There are plenty of ATMs in town.
3. We used the bikes from Wonderful Ecuador. The bikes were brand new ($8). Pick-up and drop-off is available-wherever you stay.
4. For horseback riding we chose Jose and two dogs.
Here is his FaceBook Page: Jose & 2 dogs. Jose was honest, fun and his horses were healthy. I did communicate with him before we came, via FB messaging.