Andean town of Banos

A top contender for Ecuador’s most picturesque town, Banos lies in a valley amidst abrupt, verdant hills, each home to waterfalls, while the brooding hulk of Tungurahua Volcano stands sentry nearby, providing a spectacular natural fireworks display on clear nights. Take it easy or choose your adventure – Banos has everything. Hike one of the many trails, saddle up for mountain biking and horse riding, or take it easy in one of the town’s famous thermal baths or many spa salons. Whatever you choose, try not to miss travelling a little east of town, where a succession of stunning waterfalls tumble into the gorge, and cable cars give you dizzying, sensational views.

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