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Introduction

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Baños is a popular tourist destination on the eastern side of the Andes in Ecuador. What Baños is mainly known for its stunning hot springs and mountain views. Although there is much more to enjoy in Baños, such as biking, hiking and stunning cloud forests. Baños is a great place to spend a couple days relaxing and letting your bones have a rest. Just remember that there are several active volcanos nearby that make the water hot but can also cause earthquakes and eruptions.

Warning: There have been reports in the past about violent robberies in Baños, especially around the mirador (viewing point) on the mountain slopes west of town. According to the reports, a small gang robbed Western tourists of their passports, later to offer them back in return for a finders fee. The current safety situation is unknown, but it is recommended to avoid visiting the mirador in the evening or on your own.

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Sights and Activities

  • Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water

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Getting There

By Bus

Regular buses connect Banos with Riobamba (2 hours), Quito (3.5 hours) and Guayaquil (5.5 hours).

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hostal Transilvania16 de diciembre s/n y orienteHostel81
Monte SelvaThomas Halflants MontalvoHotel80
La Casa Verde - Eco hostelEl Camino Real Santa AnaGuesthouse88
Hostal ChimeneaLuis A. Martinez y Rafael VieiraGuesthouse88
Hostal Isla de BañosCalle th. Halfans 1 -31 Montalvo Isla de Baños - TungurahuaGuesthouse-
Luna Runtun The Adventure SPACaserio Runtun Km. 6, P.O.Box 1802 1944Hotel-
Hosteria MiramelindoRio Verde km 14 via Baños PuyoHOTEL-
Casa del AbueloCalle Montalvo y Rafael VieiraGuesthouse-
Hostal Backpacker BañosRicardo Zurita y AmbatoGuesthouse-
Hostal Restaurant ErupcionCentral Park CrnrGUESTHOUSE85
Hostal Canela y Miel16 de Diciembre entre Ambato y Oriente Sector la BasílicaGUESTHOUSE-
Great Hostels Backpackers Los Pinos BanosRicardo Zurita Carrillo y AmbatoHOSTEL87
CharVic HostelPedro Vicente MaldonadoHOTEL78
Hotel El BelenOscar Reyes y AmbatoHOTEL-
Princesa MariaRocafuerte and Mera (Corner)HOSTEL91
Napolitano Apart & HotelAv. Oriente 470 Junto al Cuerpo de Bomberos de BanosAPARTMENT-
Hotel Donde MarceloAmbato streetHotel-
Casa AmarillaBaños de Agua SantaGuesthouse-
La Casa Amarilla BanosFinal Calle Juan Leon Mera Chutan Sendero PeatonalGUESTHOUSE-
Hosteria MiramelindoRio Verde TungurahuaHotel-
Great HostelRicardo Carrillo Zurita y Callejon 46 Baños de Agua Santa TungurahuaHostel-
La Casa del Molino BlancoMisioneros Dominicanos y Mera BañosGUESTHOUSE-
Volcano HotelRafael Vieira and Av. MontalvoHOTEL-
Hostal D' MathiasBetween Espejo and Maldonado StreetsGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes can be found nearly everywhere in the major cities and in many of the smaller ones. Cost is from $1 to $2 per hour in the large cities, and the better places have high-speed access. In some cafes, restaurants, and hotels you can find free wifi access, most of them protected by passwords; in most cases, you just have to ask for the password.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code for Ecuador is 593. The general emergency number is 911, but there are special ones of police (101) and fire (102).

The centre of most towns, cities and villages have telephone 'shops', advertised in the street as 'cabinas'. Go in, ask for a free phone booth and call. There is usually a digital display giving the cost (per second) of your call, whether local, national or international. You can call the United States for about $0.10 per minute and Europe for a bit more. Avoid making a phone call through an operator; the cost for an international call can be $3 or more per minute. For calls within Ecuador, it is possible to use a telephone cabin.

Some mobile phone SIM cards of various networks have problems working in Ecuador - you can purchase a local network SIM (for an unlocked phone) for a few dollars in local mobile phone shops. The costs of calling are higher though at around $0.45 an hour.

Post

Correos del Ecuador is the national postal service of Ecuador. It's fairly reliable to send postcards and letters to other countries, though count on at least 5 days up to weeks for it to arrive. In general, postal services to North America are much faster than to other western countries. Prices start at around $1 (up to 20 grams), but rise steeply after that. You can get stamps at post offices or small shops/kiosks. Post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays, although there are slight variations throughout the country. If you are going to send heavier post or post which has more value, it might be better to contact private courier companies like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, which are generally about the same price and much faster!

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -2.226925
  • Longitude: -80.702568

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