Banos

Baos is one of the most popular destinations for every independent traveler in Ecuador. A lot of guesthouses and specialised restaurants serve only for the needs of this group of tourists. It is known for its rather mild climate and as the gateway between the Andes Mountains and the Oriente region of Amazonian jungle. The town is built dramatically on a shelf under the steep slopes of the Tungurahua Volcano and has been regularly threatened by volcanic activity. Many Ecuadorians come here for the weekend to enjoy the many popular hot springs and thermal baths. The area is also excellent for walking trails that frequently lead to high waterfalls set amid the spectacular mountain scenery. The town itself is famed for the Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water. The Virgin is credited with many miracles and the church has become a place of pilgrimage for those seeking her blessing.

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