The 4 hour bus from Quito to Baños is mostly pretty ordinary stuff until you get about 65km out from the capital. We pass the famous Cotapaxi volcano but as it is shrouded in heavy low cloud we are not able to see it.
We arrive in Baños to sunshine and half decent temperatures.
Baños is quite small but has a very impressive Cathedral.
The Spanish Courtyard behind the Cathedral.
Dotted with small pretty plazzas´s Baños is instantly pleasing to the eye. Surrounded by mountains and a mythical Volcano which we were never to see in the six days we were there due to the famous Ecuador cloud.
It was in Baños we realised the the stress of travelling, we somehow booked ourselves into the wrong hostal ! However after a mere 12 hours we realised things were not quite as we expected and re-read our hostal booking... yes we had done the unthinkable. A quick e-mail to let the correct hostal know that a couple of idiots had managed to find themselves in the wrong digs . The next day we travelled down the valley to the correct place, called Cass Verde. What a great little place this turned out to be.
Later that morning we set off on a short but very steep hike up to Mirador Bella Vista, just as we started out it began to rain. Regardless the walk was really nice and we had pretty good views for most of the trek.
Baños to Bella Vista.
As we really liked Baños we decided to book in for a few extra days. The next morning we did another hike but on the otherside of the Rio Pastaza, again we had a bit of rain but overall it was much nicer than the previous days weather.
2nd days hike.
We passed quite a lot of trees with bromeliads growing from them.
The views back down the valley were spectacular.
On the trek we also saw a few land crabs and some rather impressive spiders.
Images form the trek.
The next day we did a short trip to see the Cascades, which we repeated the day after on yet another trek.
Our 6 days in Baños were really great and we didn´t want to leave, a flight on the 15th to Pananma City forced us to make a quick dash back to Quito to catch our flight back into the Northern Hemisphere.
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