My classmates and I went to Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador for the weekend, which was about a 3.5 hour bus ride towards and 5 hours back. This is considered a small, very touristy town and definitely has a night life. We went ziplining through Puntzan Canopy, hiking at Pailon Del Diablo, shopping at the markets, clubbing, swinging in Case de Árbol, and chilling in Baños’ famous hot springs. Don’t forget that you can try to bargain for cheaper prices! Some places charge you more because they know you’re a tourist.
Apparently a Jurassic Park movie was shot in Baños.
The view outside arriving in Baños.
Map of where we ziplined.
Ziplining with my classmates.
Lots of choices of ice cream!
Took this picture for the cooked guinea pig behind me.
La Casa del Árbol map.
La Casa del Árbol. You get to do the big swing for $10 (I didn’t).
Me swinging at La Casa del Árbol.
Baños is known for its hot springs!
Clubbing at Baños.
As for the clubs, please be alert! There are many cases of drugged drinks, stealing, etc. My classmates found a girl who had been drugged at a club, but were able to bring her home safely. Traveling as a group is best.
At Pailon Del Diablo, a gigantic waterfall. It’s about 1-2 hours hike, but we didn’t go to the top.
At Pailon Del Diablo
There are a good amount of wild dogs that live in Baños.
The hostel the 16 of us stayed at was called Plantas y Blanco for $9 per person per night. The only problem is that they don’t take credit cards.
*A lot of these places, in Ecuador in general, take cash only. However, more expensive places like nice restaurants and hotels take cards. It’s better safe than sorry to carry more cash than you need, but to store them in different pockets or locations.
In total, I spent over $50 in Baños de Agua Santa and only brought $30, so if you’re staying for the weekend, I would recommend bringing $75-$100.