Journey Around The World – Banos. Ecuador

Travel Sketching, Trip Around the World 2013

Waterfalls and Hot Springs                         June 18, 2013

As we were leaving Tena we stopped along the way to go caving.  This was a mud filled adventure climbing up through a cave with very little light with a stream flowing through it and bats to keep us company.  We were covered in mud by the time we got back to the truck and so when we arrived at our camp site near Banos we were happy to have a warm shower.

Banos or Banos de Agua Santa (Spanish for Baths of Holy Water) is a tourist town in the mountains on the edge of the Amazon Jungle known for thermal hot springs located around town.  There are also over sixty waterfalls in the area.  We stayed here for a few days and explored the town site and hiked to Pailon del Diablo or Devil’s Cauldron which is an amazing waterfall worth visiting.

While on this trip we were looking for places that we would come back to and stay for an extended period of time.  Banos is like a tropical version of a mountain town and I would love to go back there and stay for a month or two.