What to do in Baños, Ecuador

Oh Baños… how I love you so! In just three days I feel like I did so much in this tiny jungle town. Here are some of my top picks from the endless possibilities you can fill your days with in Baños!

Visit the Casa del Árbol


A $15 taxi ride will take you from the town center, up the mountain and back. On the side of the mountain you’ll find a rickety tee house with two swings hanging off of either side. With just a loose rope around you, there’s basically nothing holding you onto the swing. But that’s the fun of it! Try to go early in the day to avoid the hoards of tourists and tour groups who have, too, discovered this gem.

Do Go Chasing Waterfalls

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TLC had it all wrong – Biking the Ruta de Cascadas is a must-do for any adventure-lover in Ecuador. You can rent a bike from any tour company in town for as little as $6 a day. Such a steal! Just don’t get hit by any cars on the road. The route is on the main road between Baños and Puyo, a.k.a. it’s pretty busy. Make sure you go all the way to the Pailon del Diablo, the most impressive waterfall on the route!

Take a Spa Day

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Need a break from all your adventuring? No problem at all. It’s not hard to find a cheap massage here, in a town known for its spa treatments! Check out and relax in the hot springs the town was named after, too!

Check out the Eco Zoologico San Martín

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Be prepared for lots of stairs, but also lots of Ecuadorian animals that you might not get to see otherwise! My favorites were the monkeys, of course. It wasn’t the biggest zoo, but it certainly had character. Buses run there from the town center every 20 or so minutes and they aren’t hard to find!

Go zip-lining!


My dad told me he’d pay for me to go zip-lining on my trip. Lucky for him my zip-lining stint ended up a grand total of $5! Baños is full of cheap adventures, perfect for thrill seekers everywhere.

Go canyoning, canopying, rafting, bridge jumping, or whatever floats your adventure-seeking boat!

There are tour companies lining the streets of Baños, so it isn’t hard to find a good quote on one of these activities. Have some fun in the adventure capital of Ecuador!

As you can see, there is so much to do in this tiny town tucked between the Andes and the rainforest. Which activity would be on the top of your to-do list?!

2 thoughts on “What to do in Baños, Ecuador

  1. Alejandra says:

    Ever since one of my friends went to Ecuador and showed me photos, it’s been on my bucket list!!! All the activities look amazing and can’t believe how cheap it is. I’d love to do the zip-lining and see the waterfalls 😀


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