Baños Travel Guide

Baños, Ecuador: Our 2019 detailed guide from how to get there, where to stay, what to do and much much more!

Baños, Ecuador Brief Summary

  • Its full name is Baños de Agua Santa, meaning “Baths of Holy Water.”
  • Sits at the foot of an active volcano called Tungurahua.
  • Located at an elevation of 1,820 meters (5,971 feet) above sea level.
  • It is known as the “Gateway to the Amazon.”
  • Baños is home to more than 60 waterfalls and cascades.

Baños Guide Contents:

  1. How To Get To Baños – Compare transportation options.
  2. Sightseeing & Tours In Baños – Most popular activities for travelers.
  3. What to Do in Baños – What activities to try in Baños.
  4. Nightlife In Baños – Good places to go for a drink.
  5. Baños Safety Tips – Safety issues to be aware of.
  6. Where To Stay In Baños – A few of the best options in Baños.
  7. Photo Gallery – A few of the best photos of Baños.

Below, we have created our extensive guide to Baños based on our expert local knowledge and experience transporting countless people in Ecuador each year.

HOW TO GET TO BAÑOS

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.

SIGHTSEEING & TOURS IN BAÑOS

THE BRIDE’S VEIL WATERFALL

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.

brides veil waterfall ecuador
brides veil waterfall ecuador

THE MAGIC VILLAGE

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.

the magic village
the magic village

RAFTING IN THE PASTAZA RIVER

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.

rafting in the pastaza river
rafting in the pastaza river

ROUTE OF THE TWO LEVEL WATERFALLS

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.

route of the two levels waterfalls
route of the two levels waterfalls

WHAT TO DO IN BAÑOS

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:

SWING AT THE END OF THE WORLD - $10

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.

PAILON DEL DIABLO WATERFALL - $10

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!

TARABITA CABLE CAR OVER RIO PASTAZA

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

VISIT THERMAL BATHS

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.

GO RAFTING

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.

GO ZIP-LINING

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!

OTHER OPTIONS

CANOPY WALKS

Take a walk above the trees and take the chance to observe the jungle from the best vantage point. There are several different canopy walks available to do in the Baños area.

CYCLING

Rent bicycles and go riding on some of the many trails around town, including the famous “Ruta de las Cascadas,” which takes you past some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area.

MASSAGES OR SPA TREATMENTS

Baños is home to a treasure trove of health and wellness centers. Take advantage of the many options and go for a massage or spa treatment while you’re in town.

CANYONING

This hybrid sport involves using a number of techniques to traverse a canyon, including walking, climbing, jumping, rappelling and swimming. Join a canyoning tour in Baños to experience this ultimate adventure sport!

HIKING

Baños is a wonderful place to go for day hikes or treks, and there are many different established trails of varying difficulty. Take in some of the amazing scenery in Baños on foot.

NIGHTLIFE IN BAÑOS

Nightlife in Baños

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BAÑOS SAFETY TIPS

  • Make sure to use mosquito repellent. While Baños is not located in a malarial area, there have been rare cases of yellow fever reported. Aside from that, it’s just good practice to protect yourself against mosquitos so that you’re not covered with itchy and uncomfortable bug bites.
  • Wear sunscreen every day. Even when you don’t feel like you’re getting burned, the equatorial latitude and relatively high altitude of Baños can do a lot of damage to your skin.
  • Baños is a pretty safe town and petty crime is rare, but it’s still a good idea to avoid carrying too much cash on you.
  • Don’t flash valuables like expensive cell phones or jewelry in public.

WHERE TO STAY IN BAÑOS

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SELINA – BAÑOS

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.

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CHIMENEA – BAÑOS

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.

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WHERE TO EAT?

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.

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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.

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