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Baños de Agua Santa

Baños de Agua Santa is famous for being one of the cities that attracts the most tourists in Ecuador, it is located 3 hours south of Quito.

It is strategically located in the center of Ecuador, between the Andes and the Ecuadorian Amazon, it has a humid spring temperate climate throughout the year, with an average temperature of 18 ° C, it is located at a height of 1,820 meters above sea level on the slopes of the volcano Tungurahua

The WWF gave the nominative to Baños of "A Gift for the Earth".

It is the ideal place to enjoy a range of activities and attractions. It is located between the national parks Sangay and Llangantes,

It is also known as "La Puerta del Dorado" and "El Pedacito de Cielo" also offers many attractions: you can visit the Basilica of the Virgin of the Holy Water Rosary, you can visit the different waterfalls, ascend to the Tungurahua (volcano) ( Taking precautions as it is a volcano in eruptive activity), visit the Tree House, try the marshmallows (sweets made from sugar cane), there are varieties of crafts made in raft and tagua.

Baños de Agua Santa is a city suitable for practicing various adventure sports such as: rafting, kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing, bridge jumping, horseback riding, ecological hiking, canopy, mountain biking, etc.

It has 5 municipal spas with mineral and sulphurous waters that go from the cold ones of 18 ° C, to the thermal ones of 55 ° C; emerge from the bowels of the Tungurahua volcano.

It has a pink area where more than 30 clubs, bars and clubs give tourists a fun and safe environment.

In this city you can access more than 80 restaurants with varied national and international cuisine.

Tourist attractions of Baños de Agua Santa

In the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano is located this city that posse a large number of tourist attractions to be discovered.

Tourist attractions that make this city an ideal destination for all those people looking to spend fun and unique moments, whether enjoying the hot springs, waterfalls, viewpoints or activities.

Among the main tourist attractions that Baños de Agua Santa offers, we have:

  1. Spa of Santa Clara
  2. Las Peñas or Modern Spa
  3. Pools of the Virgin
  4. El Salado Swimming Pools
  5. Waterfall Inés María
  6. Waterfall Hair of the Virgin
  7. Ulba Waterfall
  8. Cascadas de Chamana
  9. Waterfall of Bascún
  10. Waterfall of Agoyán
  11. Waterfall The Mantle of the Bride
  12. Waterfalls The Ghost and The Pleasure
  13. Waterfall of San Pedro
  14. Waterfall of the Heart
  15. Enchanted Duende Waterfall
  16. Cascada de Río Verde or Pailón del Diablo
  17. Waterfall Mantle of the Angel
  18. Waterfall of Machay
  19. Las Orquídeas Waterfall
  20. San Agustín Waterfall
  21. Waterfall Refuge of parrots
  22. San Miguel Waterfall
  23. Peñón del Tucán Waterfall
  24. El Dorado Spring Waterfall
  25. Cascadas San Francisco and Refugio del Gallo de la Peña
  26. The Butler
  27. Zoo and Aquarium of Baños
  28. Cerro Hermoso
  29. Llanganates National Park
  30. Sangay National Park
  31. Tree House and Swing of the End of the World
  32. Pailón del Diablo

Extreme Sports in Baños de Agua Santa

Baños de Agua Santa strategically located at the door of the jungle and at the foot of the Tungurahua Volcano, it is considered one of the best places to do tourism in Ecuador, since it houses in one place, culture, tradition, adventure, and an excellent gastronomic offer.

Tourism is well established, and a wide variety of activities are offered, from pure adrenaline in extreme sports to a relaxing bath in the hot springs.

The extreme sports you can do in your visit to Baños de Agua Santa are:

  1. Canyoning Baños
  2. Rafting Baños
  3. Cycling Baños
  4. Canopy Baños
  5. Climbing Baños
  6. Parapente Baños
  7. Jumping Baños
  8. Hiking Baños
  9. Horseback riding Baños

By means of local ordinances, the extreme sports in Baños de Agua Santa Ecuador, are always being controlled by the corresponding authorities.

If you are looking for a direct tour, we suggest you to enter the Tourist Guide of Baños de Agua Santa, where you will find all the updated information and you will also have direct contact with the owners of the Tourism Agencies of Baños de Agua Santa so they can clear you your questions and make your direct reservation.

Baños de Agua Santa extreme sports and adventure

We present the minimum rates for each extreme sport in Baños de Agua Santa Ecuador, these have been controlled and established by the tourism department of the GAD of Baños de Agua Santa.

  1. $ 60.00 Paraglidind (Paragliding) - Minimum Tandem Flight 1 Pax
  2. $ 30.00 Canyoning Río Blanco - Minimum Basic Level 2 Pax
  3. $ 30.00 Canyoning Chacama Bajo - Basic Level Minimum 2 Pax
  4. $ 35.00 Canyoning San Jorge - Minimum Basic Level 2 Pax
  5. $ 60.00 Canyoning Cashaurco - Advanced Aquatic Level Minimum 3 Pax
  6. $ 80.00 Canyoning Chamanapamba Alto - Vertical Advanced Level Minimum 2 Pax
  7. $ 30.00 Rafting Pastaza Bajo - Basic Level 3 / Half day
  8. $ 80.00 Rafting Pastaza Alto - Advanced Level 4 / Full day
  9. $ 60.00 Rock Climbing - Advanced Basic Level Minimum 2 Pax / Full day
  10. $ 20.00 Bungee Jumping San Francisco Pendulum
  11. $ 15.00 Bungee Jumping - Río Blanco Pendulum
  12. $ 10.00 Bike Rental - Full Day
  13. $ 35.00 Biking Tour - Ruta de las Cascadas Minimum 2 Pax
  14. $ 60.00 Biking Tour - Pondoa Minimum 2 Pax / Full Day
  15. $ 80.00 Secondary Jungle - Minimum Tour 3 Pax / Full Day
  16. $ 90.00 Trekking - Minimum Tour 3 Pax / Full Day
  17. $ 15.00 Horseback riding - Per hour

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Baños Ecuador How to get there?

If you dared to get to know this fascinating place, then we will try to give you all the necessary tips so you have the best of your trips and to begin we indicate how you can get to Baños from the following destinations:

  1. How to get from Cuenca to Baños?
  2. How to get from Guayaquil to Baños?
  3. How to get from Quito to Baños?
  4. How to get from Montañita to Baños?

To move within the city of Baños de Agua Santa, you can do it in urban buses or taxis and vans that offer tourist transport services.

The routes of the urban buses are the following:

  1. Baños- Belllavista - Runtún - El Copete Alto
  2. Baños- El Salado / Zoo
  3. Baños- Santa Ana - Ulba - Agoyán - Río Blanco - Río Verde
  4. Bus station

Lodging in Baños de Agua Santa

You will surely want to stay more than a single day to be able to fully enjoy everything that this beautiful and exotic city has to offer.

The options are varied in terms of accommodation, you can find places from 1 to 5 stars, in the same way their prices per night vary.

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Baños de Agua Santa Tourism

Baños de Agua Santa is considered a place where you can enjoy different outdoor activities, from extreme sports, hiking trails and through the city, visit the Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water Rosary and many other additional activities and places that you can visit and that we will detail next:

Artisan Passage Hermitage of the Virgin

A place in the center of the city of Baños where you can buy souvenirs made in tahua, raft, mullos, metal and wood, the same that are made by skilled artisans of the city. The passage is located in the center of the city next to the Central Market.

Church of the Virgin of the Rosary of Agua Santa

An emblematic place for all the faithful who visit this church in search of peace and to thank the favors conserved by the Virgin, inside you can see a collection of murals that describe the local miracles, attributed to the Virgin, patron saint of the city. The Basilica is architectural infrastructure, this artistic work challenged time and history. The Church is located in the center of the city on Calle Ambato.

Piscinas Termas del Salado

It is a set of sulphated water pools, where tourists can choose between different temperatures ranging from high, to extremely cold waters that descend from the Tungurahua Volcano. Thermal waters are those that emanate to the surface with a higher temperature at 22º C. The passage of water between different underground layers, in which the rocks are at high temperature, produce water heating. The benefits of thermal waters are due to the existence of minerals in their chemical composition. To enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Bascún River, to know the thermal sources of the pools and the nature that surrounds this path, we recommend doing this circuit. From the thermal spa of El Salado you can start this walk. The salty is located 2Km. from Baños, along the avenue of El Salado, 1 km from the road to Ambato. Entry costs: $ 3. Hours: every day: 5 - 4:30. Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 18 - 21:30. Taxi from downtown: $ 1.50. By bus from the stop on Rocafuerte street behind the central market ($ 0.25 / 10 min.)

Thermal baths of the Virgin

Pools opened on May 24, 1928, at the foot of the Cabellera de la Virgen waterfall, site of peace, relaxation, health and social gathering. These hot springs have their volcanic origin in the Tungurahua. The water of the thermal springs of the Virgin of Holy Water presents a yellowish color with a temperature of 54 ºC, somewhat cloudy by the dissolving minerals such as: yellowish-colored magnesium sulphate, it is odorless and has a saline flavor; It consists of calcium, sodium, magnesium, chlorine, silicic acid, potassium, sulfur and carbon dioxide. Located at the end of Luis A. Martinez street in front of Hotel Spa Sangay. Entrance costs: day $ 2, night $ 3. Hours: 5 - 4:30 and 6 - 9:30.

Tree house

Tourists arrive at this place in the Baños de Agua Santa canton to observe the emission of ash and the exit of incandescent material when it is in an eruptive process. The Tree House was built with wooden walls, a zinc roof and a swing that hangs from one of the branches of the tree. The view of the Tungurahua volcano from the Tree House is unique and spectacular, being able to admire the crater just 2.5 kms in a straight line. Located in the Cacerío Runtún at a distance of 10km from the city of Baños de Agua Santa, this place can be accessed by car, by bus at hours: 05h45, 11am, 14h00, 16h00, or accessing a tour with the best City agencies, you can check the list of tourism agencies in Baños de Agua Santa in this link, the same that will guide you throughout the tour. The cost of access is 1 dollar for adults.

The Flight of the Condor

Definitely the "Flight of the Condor Swing" is a new attraction located in the Community of Santa Rosa de Runtun in the province of Tungurahua specifically in Baños de Agua Santa, it offers all the tourists the adrenaline of flying through the air on a swing very well designed and with all the necessary securities to carry out this activity, feel about the air in the valley and with a spectacular view of the Tungurahua volcano, has no pretexts to do so. We invite you to enjoy it. Located in the Cacerío Runtún at a distance of 10km from the city of Baños de Agua Santa, this place can be accessed by car, by bus at hours: 05h45, 11am, 14h00, 16h00, or accessing a tour with the best City agencies, you can check the list of tourism agencies in Baños de Agua Santa in this link, the same that will guide you throughout the tour.

Hydroelectric Dam Agoyan

The Central Agoyán was conceived to take advantage of the flow of the Pastaza River, it is located 5 km east of the city of Baños on the road to Puyo, in the area called Agoyán of the Ulba parish, on the main access road to the Amazonian sector Ecuadorian. You can appreciate a very attractive landscape and without equal.

Part of the family

A place of rest for family and friends, offers the possibility of walking trails, has picnic area and barbecues, you can observe animals and fish, and the hydroelectric agoyan. The Park serves the days: Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Note: From Monday to Wednesday it is open to the public, with limited offer of services. It is located 5 km east of the city of Baños on the road to Puyo, in the area called Agoyán of the Ulba parish.

Pailón del Diablo Baños Ecuador

Since 1992, the Guevara Zamora family with private investment has begun the construction of ecological trails on the property where the Pailón de Diablo waterfall is located. Surrounded by exotic vegetation and wonderful landscapes, it is a highly recommended place to visit, the fusion of the sounds of the waterfall with nature offer a place of relaxation. To access this place we must go from the city of Baños de Agua Santa towards Puyo, in a 17km bus tour and approximately 25-30 minutes, you can also travel this cycle by enjoying the Ruta de Las Cascadas, you can rent bikes for an initial value from 5USD per hour or the whole day, or make the tour in chivas; Whatever the means by which you go to this landscape, you must go to the Parroquia Río Verde, then walk on ecological trails for an approximate time of 25-30 minutes.

Climate Baños de Agua Santa

Baños de Agua Santa is characterized by being a city surrounded by mountains, valleys and the Tungurahua volcano.

Its proximity to the eastern part of Ecuador, the Tungurahua volcano and the rest of the elevations that surround the city cover Baños de los vientos.

It is a tropical rainy climatic zone, its usual temperature is about 15 to 25 ° C in summer.

You can enter this link and know the weather forecast for Baños de Agua Santa during the next 7 days.

Important recommendations when traveling to Baños de Agua Santa

  1. DO NOT USE THE SERVICES OF COACHES, that offer lodging, tours or activities in the streets of the city or the Terrestrial Terminal, since they do not have the necessary guarantees and you can EXIT SCAM or STOLEN.
  2. Purchase tourist services in places that have the necessary permits of operation and guarantee guaranteed by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador.
  3. When you go to purchase the Hosting service, ask to check the LIST OF PRICES that are authorized by the Department of Tourism of the GAD of Baños de Agua Santa, in this way evicts exessive charges in holiday seasons or holidays or any other date, Hosting servers have the obligation to show this official list.
  4. Hire the services of tourist guides or ask for a map in the Department of Tourism of the GAD of Baños de Agua Santa, with which you can go to the different trails and tourist places in the city.

  5. When doing extreme sports, DEMAND all SECURITY measures to carry out these activities.

  6. We remind that in the city and all of Ecuador, the trafficking of native species is prohibited, avoid sanctions and take care of their environment.

  7. Always deposit the trash in its place, in case there are no garbage dumps in the places you frequent, PLEASE LOOK WITH YOU until you find a place to deposit them.

  8. Denounce in the Department of Tourism of the GAD of Baños de Agua Santa, the exessive charges, or any form of abuse or fraud by third parties.

Distances from the main cities to Baños de Agua Santa

  1. From Baths to Blanket / Distance: 489 km. / Time: 8h 21m

  2. From Baños to Guayaquil / Distance: 306 km. / Time: 5h43m

  3. From Baños to Quito / Distance: 192 km. / Time: 3h07m

  4. From Baths to Cuenca / Distance: 335 km. / Time: 6h05m

  5. From Baños to Machala / Distance: 367 km. / Time: 7h10m

  6. From Baños to Puyo / Distance: 61 km. / Time: 1h20m

  7. From Baths to Tena / Distance: 140 km. / Time: 2h35m

  8. From Baños to Riobamba / Distance: 77.8 km. / Time: 1h35m

  9. From Baños to Ambato / Distance: 40.4 km. / Time: 1h03m

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Ecuador and its unique charms.

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Ecuador country of 4 worlds, in one place...!

Ecuador, officially called the Republic of Ecuador, is a sovereign country located in the northwestern region of South America. Bordered on the North by Colombia, Northwest with Peru, to the South and to the East with the Peru. The Pacific Ocean bathes the western coast, and separates it from the Galapagos Islands located thousand kilometers to the West.

Soo close Quito the capital of the Andes, stands the Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. It is currently one of the most traditional and culturally better preserved on the planet, it has 5 nominations for the Cultural heritage of humankind, two natural heritage of humanity and over 20 candidates for other commemorations of the Unesco .

History of the Ecuador

The first human settlements in Ecuadorian territory date back to 12 000 to.C., subsequently developed several pre-Columbian peoples. After the definitive independence from Spanish rule, part of the territory joined quickly the Gran Colombia, while the coastal territory remained independent until the annexation by manu militari by Simón Bolívar. In 1830 the Colombian territories of the South seceded and created the Ecuadorian nation.In 1979, the country returned to democratic system, although political instability between 1996 to 2006 led the country into an economic, political and social crisis, resulting in the dollarization of its economy and toppled three Presidents before the end of its mandate.

The Ecuador culture

Rag dolls representing the indigenous culture of Ecuador is a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation.It should consider the ethnic and regional diversity of Ecuador to analyze their culture. Ethnically it is marked by the presence of mestizos and indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, white; as well as regions such as the coast, the sierra, the East and the insular region, all of them with very rich specificities.

The Ecuador climate

The country has a tropical and humid climate, the air quality is very good by the presence of large natural forests, national parks, and the Amazon rainforest.

Geography of the Ecuador

Ecuador is located on the terrestrial Equator by which its territory is located in both hemispheres.The country has an area of 283,561 square kilometers. It is divided into four natural regions (La Costa, Sierra, the Amazon and the Insular region or Galapagos), in turn is divided administratively into 24 provinces.
In the Pacific coast are the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, Santa Elena and El Oro.In the Andes, in the North and central are Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, in the South are Bolivar, Cañar, Azuay and Loja.In the Amazon, on the other hand are succumbing, Napo, Pastaza, Orellana, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe and in the island, the Galapagos Islands, made up of 13 main islands region.

The Ecuador economy

Ecuador is a major exporter of bananas (first place worldwide in its production and export), flowers, and the eighth World producer of cocoa.Petroleum accounts for 40% of exports and contributes to maintaining a positive trade balance.

Festivals in the Ecuador

  • Easter, many of the provinces celebrated on this date, with regional events.
  • November 2, the Difuntos.
  • 25 of December day, they celebrate Christmas, sharing in family.
  • 331 December, farewell of the year.

Regions natural of the Ecuador

Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, Costa and the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador national parks

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Cotopaxi, Sangay National Park, National Park Podocarpus, El Cajas National Park, National Park Machalilla National Park.

Languages spoken in Ecuador

Ecuador speaks the Spanish throughout the territory, also Quechua indigenous populations of the Sierra and the Amazon, but as it is a country with a tourist infrastructure in development, can be guides in several languages; It is possible to speak in English at the points of attention to tourists called "iTur"; created by the Ministry of tourism also in airports, Bus Terminal, municipalities and others find information points.

Shopping in Ecuador

We recommend going to the handicrafts market of Otavalo, located about 2 hours (120 km) of Quito city, there you can get variety of souvenirs and handicrafts that are found in the rest of the Andean region.And don't forget Cotacachi, a town with cute works in leather of high quality.
In the city of Cuenca also can be purchased pottery, textiles, jewelry, crafts in toquilla straw, wrought iron, etc.

Food typical of the Ecuador

Ecuador has a variety of typical food, in each of the natural regions, such as Costa, Sierra and East have their own typical food, in the East can eat a Chontacuro (worms grilled on skewer), in the Sierra you can eat a delicious "fry pork", a hornado, llapingachos, the Guinea pig, the classic "sing" in Cuenca, and a fish coconut coast, prieta salt, green bolon or ceviche de concha and many more dishes.In Manabi most importantly the food is tanning with lemon and fresh fish.

  • Pope locro, is a stew with squash, beans, corn or potatoes.
  • Roast Cuy or Guinea.
  • Cebiche or ceviche, this dish is very consumed in the coastal area.
  • Encebollado, is a stew of fish containing Yucca and pickled red onions.
  • Cuy or Guinea pig, is usually roasted.
  • Bolón de pescado
  • Bolón, is based green bananas broiled or fried previously.
  • Fritada is another delicious dish of Ecuador.Not be left confused by the name, is not a dish of fried meat.The meat of pig or pork is cooked in plenty of water and orange juice with cumin, garlic, onion, salt and pepper until the water has been consumed to be completed. Then the meat begins to Brown in its own fat. Also is it accompanied by mote (boiled maize).

Drinks and fun in Ecuador

There are many clubs and bars in constant renewal in the country.

  • A reference point for nightlife is Montañita where Sun, surf, beach and joy.
  • In Guayaquil, there are bars and clubs for all tastes.
  • In Quito, the area of fun, dancing, alcohol is known as the Mariscal. Current law restricts the opening of bars and nightclubs on holidays; the days Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am, on Sunday the sale of alcoholic beverages is limited.

Lodging in Ecuador

Ecuador has a good hotel infrastructure for all kinds of tourists, from Hostels up to Super exclusive luxury hotels such as the Hilton Hotel Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham, Unipark, among others. All this is thanks to the good tourist development that has had the country in recent years.
If you need more information about where to stay, we recommend you to enter this link: Lodging in Ecuador and review the tourism infrastructure that exists in all of the Ecuador.

Tourism in Ecuador

Ecuador lies within the countries more diverse in its ecosystem and for this reason National Geographic categorized it within the top 10 tourist destinations in adventure.

Cultural in Ecuador tourist attractions

Historic center of Quito, Mitad del Mundo, Ingapirca ruins, historic centre of Cuenca, Latacunga, and much more.Come and visit Ecuador!

Natural tourist attractions in Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, National Park Yasuní, National Park El Cajas National Park Sangay, Parque nacional Podocarpus, Vilcabamba, bathrooms.
Glaciers and volcanoes: Antisana, Cayambe, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo Illinizas.El is the volcano and highest mountain of Ecuador, is the farthest from the center of the Earth, and «the point closest to the Sun». Its last known eruption is believed that you occurred around the 550 dC.
Beaches: Crucita, Atacames, Bahía de Caráquez, Esmeraldas, Manta, Salinas, Montañita

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Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands are worldwide known for their wide biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution.We present you 5 facts that perhaps you didn't know about the Enchanted Islands.

The term "Enchanted islands" first appeared on a map in 1589.Sailors nicknamed thus to the Galapagos Islands, by referring to these "appeared and disappeared", since due to the sea currents strong, access to the Islands was limited at certain times of the year. The nickname transcended over the years and today is still saying that the Islands are "delighted", but referring now to the great biodiversity of flora and fauna.

The Galapagos marine iguana, is the only species of reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life under water.

The Islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there (the Galapagos word meaning turtle). This species can reach up to 16 hours a day to sleep and mainly feeds on cacti that grow there.

In keeping with the turtles, originally there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are completely extinct, so there are only 10. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunting them for their meat and oil.

The Galapagos Islands were part of the second world war! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the United States Government build a runway with strategic aims in the Islands.When the war ended, the Americans abandoned the place. That track currently serves as the main airport of the Islands, which welcomes the year thousands of passengers.