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Altitude: 1,815 m (5,955 ft)
Population: 18.000
Phone Code: 03

Baños is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Ecuadorian Sierra. The town's full name, Baños de Agua Santa (literally, "baths of the holy waters"), comes from the natural hot springs that run off of neighboring Volcán Tungurahua (5,023 m, 16,480 ft). The town is surrounded by a curtain of bright green mountains, and is an area rich in waterfalls, flora and fauna.

There are natural hot springs under the waterfall splashing into town which are a chocolate brown color and are almost always packed to capacity. Baños is full of hotels, hostels, restaurants and cafes.

With myriad hiking, bike trails, spas and tours, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained around Baños.

Tungurahua Volcano

Tourism in Baños hit a pretty serious bump when, in 1999, the Tungurahua Volcano burst to life and the city was evacuated. For almost two years, tourism was brought to an almost complete stand-still as residents and travelers alike held their breath and waited for the inevitable explosion. Luckily, disaster never struck, and life slowly trickled back to this small mountain town.More recently, in December of 2012, Tungurahua began erupting again, so much that the inhabitants of Baños were urged to voluntarily evacuate by the government.

So the threat of volcanic activity still remains, and it's recommendable to check the level of activity before visiting Baños. A phone call to your hotel or tour operator will work, or this website gives English updates to major volcanic events in Baños.

As much of Ecuador lives under the threat of volcanic eruption, you may be surprised at the relaxed attitude locals have toward their fiery neighbor.

Neighborhoods in Baños: Around Baños,

Other places nearby Baños: Cotopaxi National Park, Alausí, Zumbahua, Salinas de Bolívar, Latacunga, Tigua, Quilotoa, Riobamba, Guaranda and Sigchos.

15 Apr 2013

Craving Adventure? Top Activities in Baños


121932Walking through the doors of Miramelindo is like walking into the colorful otherworldly scene of a Gonzalo Endara Crow painting. The hotel itself is a life-size work of art. It\'s truly a surprise to ...
Around Baños, Baños, Ecuador

La Posada del Arte

103510For art aficionados and discriminating travelers, La Posada del Arte is certainly a Baños treasure. In addition to big, comfy beds, and plenty of hot water, the hostel has a cozy sala where you can ...
Baños, Ecuador

Hacienda Manteles

102552Located about a half-hour from Baños, Hacienda Manteles is an elegant, full-service hostería. First constructed in 1580, Hacienda Manteles is one of the oldest in Ecuador. The establishment is ...
Around Baños, Baños, Ecuador

Luna Runtun

101291A gorgeous luxury hotel and spa set in the mountains above Baños, Luna Runtun offers breathtaking views of Tungurahua Volcano, Llanganates National Park and Baños below. Swiss-owned and managed, ...
Baños, Ecuador

La Petite Auberge

101294La Petite Auberge is a pleasant, peaceful hotel tucked in a garden with views of the mountains. You can relax in the garden, chat with other travelers by the fireplace or exchange books in English, ...
Baños, Ecuador

Top Hotels and Hostels in Baños

Hostería Papagayo

Papagayo is a beautiful hostería that presents a variety of rooms with superb views of the volcanoes, as well as a cabin. Its relaxing atmosphere makes it the perfect place to acclimatize before or ...
Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

Tambopaxi - x

Set just inside the bleak, beautiful wilderness that is the Cotopaxi National Park, Tambopaxi is an acclimatization center that advertises itself as "the best place to stay and climb ...
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San Agustin de Callo - x

A little more than an hour from Quito stands the beautiful and little-known colonial Hacienda of San Agustín de Callo. Built on a site that has served multiple functions throughout ...

Top Restaurants in Baños

Casa Hood

Tucked away behind the market, the eccentric Casa Hood is part café/restaurant, part bookshop and part cinema. Its decorations, made up of family snapshots, leftover New Years masks and bizarre ...
Baños, Ecuador

Coffee Bar Jota & Jota

Previously known as Rincón de Suiza, Coffee Bar Jota & Jota has since changed hands and names, but still has excellent coffee, homemade cakes, German specialties, and fruit juices and smoothies. ...
Baños, Ecuador

Pancho Villa

101283Pancho Villa is the place to go for tasty Mexican food or some quality tequila. This cute upstairs restaurant with only a few tables is plastered with poetry, Mexican posters, framed pictures of ...
Baños, Ecuador

Leprechaun Bar

This small but fun bar in the heart of Baños has no cover and a bumping dance floor blasting salsa, merengue, reggaeton, hip hop, rock and more. On crowded nights, the back patio opens up where ...
Baños, Ecuador

El Pailón Restaurant

The owners of El Pailón have taken the initiative to create paths through the cloud forest leading to the waterfall Pailón del Diablo. For $1, you can take a walk through the orchid-lined forest ...
Around Baños, Baños, Ecuador

Restaurante Las Hortensias

Right off the main road from Baños to Puyo and near the entrance to the path down to Pailón del Diablo, Restaurante Las Hortensias offers typical Ecuadorian cuisine like trout, grilled chicken and ...
Around Baños, Baños, Ecuador

Swiss Bistro

103949Specializing in culinary creations from Switzerland, this restaurant features an extensive menu that is sure to please even the pickiest palates. While its meat and cheese fondues are a definite ...
Baños, Ecuador

Café Hood

112290Not to be confused with Casa Hood, Café Hood is a small, brightly painted restaurant on the Calle Maldonado side of Parque Central. The café cooks up a range of international fare, including Greek ...
Baños, Ecuador


118769Mariane is not a typical Baños restaurant. Hidden a block away from the main street is a small piece of Provence, where you can enjoy French-style cuisine and music in a cozy atmosphere. The food is ...
Baños, Ecuador

Café del Cielo

129560Perched on the side of Volcán Tungurahua, Café del Cielo (part of the Luna Runtun Spa complex) is one of the lights that shine out like a beacon above Baños. Through the giant glass windows, which ...
Baños, Ecuador

Blah Blah Café

145103Blah Blah Café has graced Baños for more than 10 years and specializes in sandwiches. It is a nice spot for breakfast, a coffee or a quick but filling lunch. The sandwiches are on large baguettes ...
Baños, Ecuador
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