Baños, Ecuador: Our 2019 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 from other places in Ecuador is to take an Ecuador Hop bus. Our hop on hop off service helps you safely travel 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 Pailón del Diablo, you can visit this drop of water that flows to the Pastaza River. The walk above the waterfalls in an open cableway is Baños’s greatest attraction.
A theme park that recreates the popular stories that confirm that Baños is full of elves and fairies. It’s a good place to take your kids, but adults can also enjoy it.
It’s one of the favorite activities of travelers who love extreme sports. This currents of great flow are enriched by powerful drops of water that can be observed along the tour. The level of difficulty of the route is between 3 and 4.
In this tour you can appreciate a good amount of the drops of water of Baños like the waterfalls of Agoyan and Guamag, the waterfall La Esperanza, the Puertas del Cielo waterfall, la Faz de Cristo, el Río Blanco and a special stop in the waterfall el Manto de la Novia. This cataracts form a fascinating and worth enjoying ensemble.
Baños is considered South America’s adventure capital, and there are practically unlimited options here for those who like outdoor activities. Below are just some of the popular pastimes you’ll find on offer in Baños:
The Casa del Arbol is a very popular attraction for visitors to Baños. Take a ride on a tree swing hanging over an epic mountain cliff with gorgeous landscapes all around 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!
Included in the Waterfall Viewpoint
Baños is home to a number of 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-lines were invented as a quick way to travel through thick jungle canopy, and Baños has the perfect terrain for 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 festive environment to enjoy, this bar/club literally has “duende”. It is the favorite partying destiny of 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 your friends, sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it? This bar with an alternative environment has a pool table, live rock bands and great promotions in cocktails.
Rincón del Gato: Offers a variety of cocktails, great ambiance, and good music. Do not miss the opportunity of tasting its canelazo, they are very proud of it.
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 mini bar, and samples of local artists all around the place. It also has a restaurant that works until 23:00. Breakfasts are not included.
A really comfortable hostel with all the facilities. Near the thermal baths and the church in Baños, its team will know how to orient you about the available activities. The breakfast is good, but it’s not included in the cost of the room.
Honey Coffee and Tea
This place is located right at the corner of Ambato and Pedro Vicente Maldonado, where 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.