Are you an adrenaline junkie? Or someone who loves to try new activities? Do you want to freak the s%#t out of your parents? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Baños is the place for you! Baños is located in the northern foothills of the Tungurahua volcano and is surrounded by mountain views, waterfalls and thermals. The self-proclaimed adventure capital of Ecuador makes the most of these surroundings and offers a variety of adventure activities for any level. A major bonus is that all of these activities are ridiculously cheap (we’re talking around $15-$20USD). So get yourself to Ecuador and enjoy these awesome adventures in Baños.

1. Rappel down waterfalls

You’ll see this advertised around Baños as ‘canyoning’. You’ll repel down 4 or 5 waterfalls including one big one. Unfortunately for us, we had A LOT of rain the few days before so the big waterfall had too much water and was too dangerous to rappel down.

Cost: $15-$20USD

Heading to Ecuador? Got the adventure bug?! Check out some awesome ideas for Baños!

2. Day trip to Pailon del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron)

This waterfall is EPIC and is absolutely worth going to. There are a few ways to get to these waterfalls – bike ride, buggy, bus or taxi. The cheapest way is by bus ($0.50USD each way) and you can spend a few hours here. From the entrance, it’s a short but uphill hike to the falls. You can venture around and get up close and personal (and wet) with the falls. Afterwards, exit the carpark, turn left and make another left to go on another walking path to see the falls from a different angle. There’s a walking path, a couple of hanging bridges and a few additional sights (I personally preferred this side more). Bring a rain jacket or poncho!

Read:  Adventures in Ecuador: Quilotoa to Quito

Cost: $3USD entry fee plus travel costs

Heading to Ecuador? Got the adventure bug?! Check out some awesome ideas for Baños!

Heading to Ecuador? Got the adventure bug?! Check out some awesome ideas for Baños!

3. Jump off Puente San Francisco

Real talk, this is one of the craziest things I’ve ever done. Daniel and I strolled to Puente San Francisco, a bridge 100 metres above the ground below, just to have a look. We saw a couple of guys packing up gear and enquired about prices. Next thing you know, I’m strapped into a harness and have volunteered to go first (what the?!). Before this day, I was deathly afraid of heights, now I’m only semi-afraid. Once you’re off the platform, you’ll find yourself looking like 1) you’re falling to your death or 2) you’re gracefully soaring through the sky (photo proof below).

Note: This isn’t a bungee jump. A few seconds after the free fall, you’re snatched upwards and stay swinging beneath the bridge. The worst part is probably the walk back up!

Cost: $15USD

Heading to Ecuador? Got the adventure bug?! Check out some awesome ideas for Baños!

Heading to Ecuador? Got the adventure bug?! Check out some awesome ideas for Baños!

 

4. Zipline through the jungle

There aren’t many places in the world where you get 6 ziplines for $20USD or less. One of the zip lines is 1000m long and takes an entire minute to get through. You’ll get great aerial views of the jungle and river below and can even change up your ziplining positions!

Cost: $18-20USD

Heading to Ecuador? Got the adventure bug?! Check out some awesome ideas for Baños!

5. Soak up in the thermals

Hitting up the thermals in Baños is a MUST. There are a couple within walking distance from the town and others a short taxi ride away. There are usually a few different pools with varied temperatures so you can switch it up. Be sure to come prepared with your own towel.

Cost: Varies between $3 – 6USD

Read:  Adventures in Ecuador: Quilotoa to Quito

Heading to Ecuador? Got the adventure bug?! Check out some awesome ideas for Baños!

6. Go white water rafting

Complete beginners to white water rafting will feel comfortable on these rapids. Depending on the season, the rafting is between levels 2 – 5. As a total newbie or if you’re afraid of the idea of rafting, a level 3 was still very tame (compared to any other level 3 rafting we’ve done).

Cost: $20USD

Heading to Ecuador? Got the adventure bug?! Check out some awesome ideas for Baños!

7. Swing at the end of the world

You’ve probably seen photos of what appears to be a swing off a cliff edge into imminent death. Good thing is, looks can be deceiving! The swing is hangs from a treehouse called Casa del Arbol, which is actually an observation centre for Mt. Tungurahua, the active volcano you can see in the background. The swing is actually very safe and the drop doesn’t seem that bad when you’re on it. Aim to go on a clear day for better views.

The cheapest way to get here (besides walking) is to take a bus from the town which costs $1USD and takes around 40 minutes. There are only a few buses a day so plan accordingly. Once the bus arrives it Casa del Arbol, it stays for about an hour before heading back into town.

Cost: $1USD entry fee plus travel costs

Heading to Ecuador? Got the adventure bug?! Check out some awesome ideas for Baños!

Let us know in the comments below if you’ve done any of these activities or which ones you’d be keen to try!

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We're Daniel and Amanda. Newlyweds, thrifty backpackers, lovers of food, capturing and exploring the world one adventure at a time.

19 Comments

  1. Hmm. Not sure if my comment went through. Love this post and will def add banos to my travel destinations. Which activity was your favorite ?

    • Oh I hope you do! It’s a great place and sooo cheap. My favourite activity was probably the bridge jump but that’s purely because it was a massive step in conquering my fear of heights. Otherwise ziplining is actually one of my fave activities ever!

  2. Such great activities and the surroundings are amazing. You also did a great job photographing the fun. Thanks for the super post.

  3. Wow, these activities look like a lot of fun. Beautiful scenery too. Loved reading this and love your photos 🙂 Ecuador seems like a wonderful country!

  4. nomadicfoot Reply

    i m a big adventure lover. This place looks like a heaven for person like me….

  5. well the swing at the end of the world and walking down those killer stairs are on my bucket list but I might has well put all of Banos down because those geothermal pools are my thing for sure! Natures hot tub is great for all that hiking and zip lining or rafting but you can keep the bungee

    • Oh the thermals are fantastic! And we love that there are so many different pools with varying temperatures so you can pick the right one for you!

  6. Admittedly find some of these a little scary (not a fan of heights) but love white water rafting. That swing looks like it would be loads of fun too! Always love a good thermal soak as well. Banos sounds like a great place to visit.

    • I’m afraid of heights too but such a junkie for adrenaline so I always find myself saying YES to everything. Definitely a great place to visit if you ever get the chance (it’s cheap too!). Amanda

  7. Wow, sounds great. I love the sound of the zip lining, soaring high above the jungle. Thanks for sharing, when I get to Ecuador I’ll be sure to check back to this as a reference! Happy Travels

  8. woooowwww…. Epic photos from great adventures. I’m not sure if I can do it myself. I want to go to Ecuador now but I might end up strolling around and sightseeing only. You two have brave souls…

    • Hi Louiela! Thanks so much! There are definitely some activities for you there though – especially the waterfalls, swing and thermals 🙂 Not scary at all 😀

  9. These are some great adventures! I’ve seen many pictures of the swing before, it looks incredible and must be such a breath-taking experience! Zip-lining would be on my to-do list as well. (also, you guys look so happy in these photos, it’s awesome)

    • Thanks Anna, we were stoked to be in Baños and these type of activities are our element. The zip-lining was awesome, definitely some of the most fun we’ve had. Hopefully you get to check out Baños one day!

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