Friday Photo – Take a Hot Bath in Banos – in Ecuador

This week I met up with an old friend from Ecuador at the World Travel Market and it reminded me of the happy few days I spent in Banos on my trip to Ecuador a couple of years ago. The town is known for being a holiday centre, both for Ecuadorian families and for backpackers. It’s a great place for cycling, hiking, white water rafting and of course the hot baths that give the town it’s name.

Thermal baths in Banos, Ecuador

Thermal baths in Banos, Ecuador

These baths were just along the road from our hotel and were really an out-door swimming pool that were packed with families at weekends. The green colour is caused by the minerals, and there was a tepid pool, like a warm bath, a hot pool and an icy cold pool. You could also take a cold shower under the waterfall coming straight down off the cliff behind the baths.

I liked the fact that this was not a chi chi kind of place but just a public baths where you could take a shower under the waterfall. That’s not the sort of experience you could get just anywhere in the world. You can read my full post about my time in Banos in my article Warm Baths and Waterfalls at Banos in Ecuador

See my photos of Banos on Flickr

This photo is posted as part of Photo Friday hosted by Delicious Baby – see all the other photo Fridays here.


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  • Reply
    Helly (Travel by the Calendar)
    November 13, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I loved that Banos wasn’t just for international tourists, it’s definitely a town that is full of Ecuadorians on holidays. Great place.

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    November 13, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve seen lots of mineral hot springs, but never a waterfall shower. How exotic! Thanks for sharing!

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    Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels
    November 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I love these baths. Used to go to one in Puerto Rico when I lived there that was sort of a secret kept from the tourists. Loved mingling with the locals. Also found a great one in Bali, the Banjar Baths. Must put this one on my “to go” list.

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    Marina K Villatoro
    November 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I love those baths too. Here in Guatemala there are some too.

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    Mark H
    November 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I’ve been here and it does bring great memories. A kind of mountain escape in the midst of Ecuador with an excellent cycling trip via all kinds of waterfalls. The water baths are refilled every day which is quite a process.

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    November 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    This looks and sounds a little like baths I remember visiting with my parents in Colorado quite a few years ago.

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    Donna Hull
    November 16, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    This post reminds me of the hot springs pool that I visit in Ouray, Colorado. Even the setting is similar. And, it’s the same experience with a mix of locals and visitors. I should visit Ecuador to properly compare :-).

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    November 19, 2009 at 12:03 am

    I’ll be in Ecuador next spring but no hear Banos unfortunately. I may have to rearrange my route now after reading this 😉

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