Day 1: Arrival in Baños

The bus rides anywhere around Ecuador, because of the mountain range, can be quite scary. When you look out the window you are usually met with a fantastic view of the mountains and valleys, but because of this incredible view you also look down and see a massive drop down to a place I don’t want to go.

We woke up early on Friday and joined Ale and Adolfo at Terminal Carcelen which is right by our apartment. We caught a bus from there to Quitumbe and from there to Banos. When we got into Banos it was amazing.

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We were completely surrounded by mountains and the walls of the mountains were the edges of the town.

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That first day we arrived around 2pm, found our hostal (Hostal Timara) which was simple, and great. The staff was really nice and everything was clean. We got 3 private rooms with private baths for $160 for 2 nights. 3 rooms for 2 nights, I don’t think that’s too shabby.

It was a very overcast day so doing most activities wouldn’t have been as enjoyable, so we walked around Banos and got to know the town a bit, got some pizza, then went to a cute cafe where we got coffee and hot chocolate.

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It was a really nice change, because there were a good amount of cafes in Banos, which I miss. There were definitely more tourists here and maybe the reason why there were cafes. We bought some taffy that was being made right on the spot, and it came in a variety of delicious flavors. Ale bought a mandarin flavored one and I bought coconut.

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There were many stands with cana (if I could use the appropriate accents ~ then maybe I could translate how these words sound , canya) Sugar cane. I didn’t get any, but I wish I had, it looked really good. We hung out and talked for hours at our hotel and then retired for the night. Day two was a day of activity for sure, and we were wiped by the end of it. That will be for tomorrow, hope you enjoy the pictures!

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