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Published: February 8th 2007
We visited Banos for a second time in January while Tony's sister, Janel, was visiting. We were there for two days. While there we explored the town, did a Chiva (an open-bus) Tour of several waterfalls, and went horseback riding.
The first day in Banos was rainy, so we did a Chiva tour of the "Ruta de las Cascadas," the Road of Waterfalls - that included five large waterfalls. The most exciting parts of the tour were taking the cable car across a wide gorge directly over one of the waterfalls, and hiking in to the see the dramatic "Pailon del Diablo"- (Something) of the Devil - falls.
On the second day, we went on a half-day horseback riding trip. Our guide was great and we had mostly good horses. The tour went up a road above Banos, past a waterfall, and down a single track trail. We galloped through most nice stretches of roads - it didn't take long to figure out who had the horses with competetive streaks as they tried to bite and swearved in front of each other - that added to the adventure. It started to drizzle just before we started down the single
track trail - again adding to the adventure as the horses slid on the wet rocks and mud.
At the end of the ride, we unanimously agreed that a half-day tour was perfect as we all limped away from the stable.
We had wanted to try a nighttime volcano tour or take a bicycle tour from Banos to Puyo (a full-day ride from the cloud-forest to the rainforest), but we had to get back to Quito and other travels.
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