Baños, the adventure capital of Ecuador. While the town itself, with its drab buildings and overcrowded streets, leaves a lot to be desired architecturally; almost everyone who visits leaves with a smile on their face and great stories to tell about their adventures here. Whether here for a day, a weekend, or the week, Bańos does not fall short on what it has to offer.
Baños is a popular destination for extreme sport aficionados.
Baños offers some of the best white water rafting here in Ecuador! Both the Rio Pastaza and Rio Patate offer Class III and Class IV rapids. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush and not afraid to get a little wet, then you’re not going to want to miss this opportunity.
Standing at the edge of the San Francisco bridge and looking down into the gorge below may cause you to rethink your decision to “swing jump” (puenting). Take a leap of faith before freefalling nearly 265 feet before flying out over the raging rapids of the Rio Pastaza. I guarantee this will be one of the most exhilarating activities of your trip.
Take a biking adventure along the Ruta de las Cascadas! While the biking is mostly downhill, there is still plenty of pedaling to do on this 2hour ride. Maps provide you with a list of the most popular waterfalls. But this ride doesn’t just take you past the waterfalls; it takes you through them, under them, and if it’s a hot day you jump in them. Some waterfalls offer cable car rides across the valley for a closer look. Still others have ziplines and jump points for those looking for a bit more adrenaline after “swing jumping.” Of all the waterfalls on the trail, don’t miss out on seeing El Pailón del Diable (Devil’s Cauldron). This is the waterfall with the greatest fury and draws the most crowds.
The geography of Bańos and its abundance of waterfalls make Banós an ideal location for a thrilling day of canyoning. Bonus!! There’s no experience required. So, if you were looking to try out this sport, Baños offers an excellent opportunity. Our guides are ready to take you on an adventure you won’t soon forget.
After a weekend of adventuring, why stop now? Cuy (Guinea Pig) is a traditional Ecuadorian food and no trip to Ecuador would be complete without at least having said you tried it.