Published: March 3rd 2007January 30th 2007
I love Baños so much, I decided to go again, this time with Johana and Ian. Ian is a new Canadian teacher from Torontoish and Johana is also my fabulous co-worker from Quito. We left friday night after work, partying on the bus.
The next day, we rented bikes for like 5$ for the ENTIRE day! Good deal if you ask me!! Johanna had been to Baños quite a bit so she knew what she was doing! We did the "Ruta de las Cascadas" (Route of the Falls). Basically biking from waterfall to waterfall ... it was so amazing!!! Beautiful views and you can really take your time to enjoy them, unlike on crazy buses. We had so much fun all day, enjoying nature and what not! I love getting out of the city!
That night we went to the termal baths. Baños has several hot springs cuz of the active Tungurahua volcano (Tungurahua is Quechua for "throat of fire"). Quechua is a native language here. We went to the main place which is "Piscina de la Virgen". It has 3 different tubs of different temperatures and some normal pools with extremely cold water! We went at night so
it was pretty crowded but it was still good! We got to relax.
The next day we went horseback riding!! This time my horse had a mind of its own! Seriously he would cross the road when cars were coming towards us. I was like what the hell! But I still love him anyway!! Our guide was a pretty cool Ecuadorian kid who was totally laughing at us the entire time, but its all good! Im kept telling myself he was laughing at the horse... yeah... haha... So we went in a different direction than the last time I went horseback riding in Baños, so I was really happy about that! We got to see the Tungurahua active Volcano, beautiful mountains, more waterfalls, more of the town ... it was just all good, I had an amazing time!
Baños can do NO wrong!
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