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Baños de Agua Santa

A town between an active volcano and the Amazon

•type:

•interest:

ADVENTURE

HOT SPRINGS

•location:
BAÑOS CITY
•country:
ECUADOR
 

Baños de Agua Santa

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ABOUT - 

Baños de Agua Santa

45 minutes from Ambato city “Baños de Agua Santa”, "The Gateway of Dorado”, “The little piece of heaven” or simply “Baños”, is the touristic city of Ecuador par excellence, capital of Tungurahua province. It has 13.000 inhabitants and because of its important incoming tourism activity the World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF called it “A gift for the Earth”.

 

The town lays on the slopes of Tungurahua volcano at 1.820 meters above sea level. It must be noticed that the Tungurahua is an active volcano, which has been in an eruptive process since 1999. The city has a very pleasant weather during the year. It has access to Sangay and Llanganates national parks. It is also recognized as a religious pilgrimage center because of its hot mineral water springs, popularly associated to “miraculous” cures which gives origin to its name “Baños of Holy Water” (Agua Santa). Its hydrological wealth is represented by the rivers Bascún, Ulba and Pastaza.

 

Some other attractions are: to visit the Basilica of the Virgin of Rosario de Agua Santa, ascending to the Tungurahua volcano, trying the traditional candies called “melcochas”, buying handicrafts made by ivory palm or balsa tree, visiting its entertainment area on the street Eloy Alfaro and more than 80 restaurants with varied national and international gastronomy.

 

It is the perfect city to practice adventure sports as they are: rafting, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, bungee jumping, horseback riding, ecological walks, canopy and biking. It has 5 municipal spas: of Santa Clara, of the Virgin, of Las Peñas and El Salado.

 

It is important to list the waterfalls along the "Route of the orchids, waterfalls and guavas", which takes as into the Amazon basin by the Baños-Mera-Puyo road, they are: Inés María, Cabellera de la Vírgen “The Virgin’s Hair”, Ulba, Chamana, Bascún, Agoyán, El Manto de la Novia “The Bride’s Mantle”, San Jorge “Saint George”, El Fantasma y el Placer “The Ghost and the Pleasure”, San Pedro “Saint Peter”, El Corazón “The Heart”, Encañonado del Duende “the Elf’s Canyon” , Río Verde (Río Verde Chico or Devil’s Pot), the 7 of Machay, San Francisco and Gallo de la Peña Refuge, and the 4 of Cashaurco.

 

PRACTICAL - 

Baños de Agua Santa

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Tungurahua province

  • Monday to sunday, from 06h00 to 23h00.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Ambato city - 40km - 25millas

DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Quito city´s airport - 191km- 119 millas

PROFILE

• Interest:

ADVENTURE

• Kind:

URBAN

• Min. visit time hours:

12

PLACE

• Class:

1820

• Altitude meters:

HOT SPRINGS

• Type:

5971

• Altitude feet:

• Max. visit time hours:

160

RELATED ACTIVITIES

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.

  • Independent visit.

  • Experiential journey.

CULTURAL:

  • Attending folkloric events.

  • Attending artistic events.

  • Attending sporting events.

  • Attending commercial events.

ENTERTAIMENT:

  • Attend shows.

  • Night life.

SPORTS:

  • Walking

  • Trekking.

  • Running.

  • Camping.

  • Swimming.

  • Kayaking.

  • Biking.

  • Horse riding.

SPECIALIZED:

  • Bird watching.

  • Wild life watching.

  • Geo interpretation.

ADVENTURE:

  • Mountain climbing.

  • Rock climbing.

  • Parapenting.

  • Espeleology.

  • Rafting.

  • Rappeling.

  • Canyoning.

  • Cannoping.

  • Bungee jumping.

  • Puenting.

  • Natural National Heritage.

  • Cultural National Heritage.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • There is no entrance fee.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • Light clothes.

  • Sport clothes.

  • Sport shoes.

  • Swimsuit.

  • Towels.

  • Sunscreen.

  • A camera.

  • A video camera.

  • Binoculars.

  • A backpack.

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Baños de Agua Santa