Another Little Town - Banos


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September 21st 2012
Published: July 8th 2017
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This is a quick entry. We spent a couple of days in Banos. Tried out the thermal baths for which the town is named. I have to say it is a bit creepy bathing with a crowd of strangers (we all had bathing suits on)!

We are on a constant search for good coffee and mostly, cannot find it. Although in Banos, we not only found decent coffee we also found the best breakfast ever - fruit, yoghurt, pancakes and cane syrup served on a rooftop terrace surrounding by mountains with Volcano Tungarahua (http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/tungurahua/news.html + http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2067811/Four-villages-evacuated-volcano-begins-erupt-Ecuador.html) looming in the background.

Our main adventure here was taking a local bus up, up, up past the small village of Runtun to a lookout that offered clear views of the volcano which is usually shrouded in clouds but we were lucky and caught it in full view. This little spot was one of the most unique places we've been to...it comprised of a 'party' hut, a seismic monitoring station, a primitive treehouse for people to stay in, and a swing that made my stomach fly. Best of all was a tiny hobbit-like house where an elderly man who volunteers to monitor the volcano lives. Carlos Sanchez lives and breathes the volcano, educating anyone who is willing to listen to him all about the wondrous giant in his back yard. He says he has less than 30 minutes to evacuate when Tungarahua erupts, which seems to be pretty frequently when I looked at the websites above.

We walked a never-ending downhill on the road for most of the way back to Banos. At one point we headed into the hills on a path. Bad decision; it was almost vertical and after 45 minutes of that I thought my knees would never support me again!

We are going to continue moving through Ecuador at a rapid pace to make up the extra time we spent in Mindo. Heading to Peru shortly.



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23rd September 2012

You are one brave woman to swing over that canyon! It looks gorgeous and terrifying to me!
23rd September 2012

I am just loving reading all of these blogs! And I am so in love with that swinging picture of you Donna. Sounds like you're having a great time in your travels, I feel like I am living through you guys! LOVE you and miss you!!
23rd September 2012

Makes me want to go back. What a great country.
23rd September 2012

Yikes! I see what you mean.
23rd September 2012

The Besth of the Besth? I don't get it.
24th September 2012

HiI'm enjoying your posts and scheming about how J and I can follow in your footsteps.Virtual hugsS
24th September 2012

Wow Donna I love this picture so so FREE xoxo Love your blog you guys
25th September 2012

I'm loving your posts and your photos. You two are inspiring us with your travels and your engagement with the local culture. Your images are extraordinary!
25th September 2012

On the bus you can see they have written 'besth of the besth' as in the bus company is the best of the best bus companies with a mild translating issue :)
29th September 2012

Howdy!
1st October 2012

Wow! majestic and so well terraced!

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