Baños, Ecuador: Our 2020 detailed guide from how to get there, where to stay, what to do and much much more!
Below, we have created our extensive guide to Baños based on our expert local knowledge and experience transporting countless people in Ecuador each year.
The town of Baños is located in eastern Ecuador on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest. The best way to get to this scenic town is to take an Ecuador Hop bus. Our hop on hop off service helps you safely travel safely throughout the country and see some real hidden gems along the way. With Ecuador Hop, you’ll experience the best of the real Ecuador, including many unique free stops, all on your own flexible schedule.
On the way to the Pailón del Diablo, you can visit this waterfall that flows into the Pastaza River. You can take a cablecar across the falls to see them closely. This is one of Baños’ most popular attractions.
A theme park that recreates the popular myths and legends from the area, confirming that Baños is full of elves and fairies. It’s a great place to take kids, but there is plenty for adults to enjoy too.
A favorite activity for travelers who love extreme sports. These powerful currents make for a great day of excitement. There are varying levels of difficulty for adventure seekers to take on.
If you take this walk then you can experience a good selection of some of the 60+ waterfalls that can be found in Baños. From the Agoyan and the Guamag falls, to La Esperanza, Puertas del Cielo, all the way to the Río Blanco. Spend the afternoon immersing yourself in one of the most scenic walks that Baños has to offer.
Widely considered to be the adventure capital of South America, there are almost unlimited options in Baños for those who love outdoor activities. Below is just a small selection of the most popular past times you’ll find in Baños:
The Casa del Arbol is a very popular attraction for visitors to Baños. Swing from a tree swing hanging over an epic cliff with gorgeous landscapes surrounding you.
See this spectacular waterfall from a nearby viewpoint or take the stairs all the way down to the bottom for a close-up view. This is one of the most impressive sights in all of Ecuador!
Ride a cable car over the Pastaza River for incredible 360-degree views of waterfalls, mountains, and gorgeous jungle scenery. This is a must-do on any trip to Baños!
Baños is home to a number of natural thermal baths and hot springs. There is no better way to relax after a day of hiking or cycling than to take a dip in one of these all-natural jacuzzis.
The Pastaza River, which runs through the center of Baños, happens to have some of the best rafting in Ecuador. If you love adventure sports, don’t miss the opportunity to experience this adrenaline-pumping activity.
Zip-lining was originally invented as a quick way to travel through the thick jungle canopy, and Baños has the perfect terrain for you to experience this thrilling mode of transportation. You will find a number of different zip-lines in the area, make sure to take part in this fun activity while you’re in town!
Leprechaun Bar: With all types of music and a really merry environment, this bar/club literally has “Duende”. It is the favorite partying destination for tourists.
Goodbar: Fun, with good music and a relaxed environment, it is ideal for those who want to grab a drink (or two), chat and meet new people. Popular among national and foreign tourists.
Mocambo Rock & Roll Bar: All-time Rock and Roll, mojitos and friends, sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it? This is an alternative bar with a pool table, live rock bands, and great promotions on cocktails.
Rincón del Gato: Offers a variety of cocktails, great ambiance, and good music. Don’t miss the opportunity of tasting the canelazo.
This hostel located in the best area of Baños offers single or shared bedrooms, a large terrace to practice yoga or grab a drink in its bar, and the works of local artists all around the place. It also has a restaurant that is open until 23:00. Breakfasts are not included.
A really comfortable hostel with all the necessary facilities. Near the thermal baths and the church in Baños, the staff are always willing to help you to find out all about the available activities. The breakfast is good, but it’s not included in the cost of the room.
Honey Coffee and Tea
Located on the corner of Ambato and Pedro Vicente Maldonado, you’ll find one of the best coffees in Baños prepared by professional baristas, and delicious breakfasts.
The Magic Bean – Baños
Highly recommended, not only the food but the service and the atmosphere. Be sure to get the coconut breaded shrimp and their delicious hamburgers.