Excursions in and around Baños

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Canyoning in Cashaurco

For a few years now, this sport has been practiced in Baños, similar to wall climbing, but you descend into the crashing bustle of a waterfall. You practice canyoning in Chamana and in Rio Blanco where there are several impressive waterfalls ranging from 4 to 10 meters.

Length of time:Half a day

Including:Neoprene suit, life jacket, helmet, water footwear, safety equipment, guide, transport and packed lunch

Day trip to the rainforest

We drive from Baños to Puyupungo to the nature reserve Hola Vida. On the way we visit a wildlife sanctuary. We descend in dugout canoes along the Rio Puyo and visit the village of Cotococha. There we eat a traditional lunch prepared by the indigenous community and we get some explanation about the local lifestyle. We then take a nice walk through the jungle and learn about the plants and animals of the Amazon. The walk ends at a waterfall where we can stand under to refresh ourselves. Then we return by car to Baños.
Difficulty: easy.
What to bring: Sun and rain protection, light clothes, mosquito spray and water.

Length of time:Whole day

Including:Transportation, guide, meals, reserve entrance and rubber boots

The Tungurahua Volcano

As the Tungurahua volcano has seen several periods of renewed activity in recent years, the performance of this activity is subject to change. The guide will pick you up at the hotel in Baños in the morning and take you to the highest village that lies against the Tungurahua volcano. From there you can walk to the refuge in about two hours. We have lunch there and then return to the village. You then descend by mountain bike to Baños where we arrive at nightfall.
To bring: sun and rain protection, water and sports clothing.

Length of time:Entire day

Including:Transfers, equipment, lunch box and specialist guide

Bike tour Baños – Machay

This downhill bike tour of about 33 km starts in Baños in the morning. We visit the waterfall of Agoyan on the way, we stop at the Rio Blanco, we cross the Rio Blanco with a cable lift and visit some beautiful waterfalls along the way.

Length of time:5 hours

Including:Bicycles, English speaking guide, cable car, entrance Machay and Pailon del Diablo, lunch box and transport

Bicycle tour: the route of the waterfalls

This trip is highly recommended. You will leave Baños by bike together with the guide and follow a 15-kilometer route along the Baños – Puyo road, through forests, tunnels and along rivers and waterfalls. An English-speaking guide accompanies you permanently by bicycle. On the way you see the Agoyan waterfall and the Manto de la Novia where you go by cable car. To conclude, you will visit the impressive waterfall Pailon del Diablo where you can take a nice hike. We return to Baños by car. We choose to eat a snack at the end point in Rio Verde or on return to Baños.
Cycling is not difficult because the road almost always descends.
Difficulty: easy.
To bring: sun and rain protection, water and sports clothing.

Length of time:5 hours

Including:Equipment, English speaking guide, cable car entrance, Pailon del Diablo entrance, snack and return transport

Horse riding in Baños

Together with the guide we make a nice horseback ride from Baños to Nahuazo, a beautiful valley at the foot of the mighty Tungurahua volcano. Here you can choose to return at a leisurely pace or to let yourself be fully engaged and return at a gallop. You can make this trip at any time of the day.
Difficulty: easy.
To bring: sun and rain protection, water, closed shoes and mosquito spray.

Length of time:2 to 3 hours

Including:Horses, guide and helmet

Paragliding in Baños

This activity is practiced in Cerro Niton, 45 minutes from Baños. It is only possible in the afternoon from 2:30 pm because the thermals in the morning are not good. You fly together with an instructor.

Including:Equipment, instructor and transportation

Rafting on the Rio Pastaza (level 3 – beginners)

You can make this trip in the morning as well as in the afternoon. We leave by car from Baños to Cumandá, where there is a brief explanation about the safety regulations. The descent along the river takes about an hour and a half. Then we will have a small lunch and return to Baños.
Difficulty: easy.
To bring: swimming clothes, towel, mosquito spray, sun protection and dry clothes.

Length of time:Half a day

Including:Neoprene suit, life jacket, helmet, water footwear, kayak, guide, transport and packed lunch

Rafting on the Rio Pastaza (level 4 – advanced)

This descent has a lot of rapids and requires a lot of adjustment from time to time. Usually you stop in Las Estancias en route for a swim in a natural pool. Then you descend further to El Topo and then return to the city.
Difficulty: moderate.
Bring along: swimming costume, towel, sun protection and dry clothes.

Length of time:Half a day

Including:Neoprene suit, life jacket, helmet, water footwear, kayak, guide, transport and packed lunch

Rock climbing in Baños

We follow the route Baños – Inés Maria on the way to the climbing site. Together with a local guide you will stay for about three hours against the rock wall from where you have a view over the Pastaza river. You can make this trip in the morning as well as in the afternoon. This activity is designed for both beginners and advanced climbers.
To bring: sun and rain protection, comfortable clothes, water, mosquito spray and sporty footwear.

Length of time:Half a day

Including:Transport to the cliff face, climbing equipment and specialized guide

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