This charming resort town is set in a beautiful location below the active volcano Tungurahua and above the Rio Pastaza Canyon, a major tributary of the Amazon. The main attraction in Baños, spanish for baths, is relaxation and rejuvenation in its famous thermal hotsprings. The natural hot springs flow from the impressive cliffs lining the city to the south. The bath complexes contain many pools, with individual pool temperatures ranging from hot, hot, hot to cool, clear blue.
Other activities include exploring the markets for artisan crafts and souvenirs at the boutique shops. Walking to the end of Main Street to visit the the Basilica of the Señora del Agua Santa (Virgin of the Holy Water), a beautiful church at the center of this extremely religious town. Being located at the foothills of an active volcano helps the residents keep their faith that miracles do happen! The Señora del Agua Santa has saved the little town and its people from
the wrath of Tungurahua many times over the centuries. In October there is an annual festival in her honor with a procession led by the image of the Virgin, music and dancing in the streets, drinking and merrymaking.
Being the gateway to the Amazon, there is a plethora of tropical fruit and sugar cane to try including melcocha, a handmade sugarcane taffy. Other activities range from extreme adventures such as river rafting or kayaking, rock climbing, canyoning or canopy jumping (on a zip line). Or go for a hike into the Amazon jungle and view several
breathtaking waterfalls, take the tarabita cable car across the Rio Pastaza gorge or just explore the diversity of the Amazonian cloud forest wildlife in the safety of a zoo setting at the San Martin Zoological Gardens.
Then in the evening warm up in the hotsprings. The night can be completed with a drive to a nice vantage point for viewing the flaming debris as it flies out of Tungurahua. And for the night owls there is ample nightlife to enjoy, there is always festive music and salsa dancing at the bars and clubs.
October's festival of Nuestra Señora del Agua Santa
Baños Anniversary Celebration
December 15 and 16th mark the anniversary of Baños. The celebrations begin with verbenas, where each neighborhood hires a band and residents hold street dances.