Equator Gringos

October 25, 2007


Filed under: Ecuador — Tags: , , , , , , — lstollin @ 9:57 pm

Our long weekend (12-14 of October) found us returning to a place we visited on our honeymoon and had ambivalent memories of: the town of Baños. Mostly what I remember was grungy concrete swimming pools of thermal water and dogs barking all night long in the alley outside our crappy hotel. And that the bus ride to Baños was almost as terrifying as the road to where I worked in Bolivia, known (I later found out) as the Most Dangerous Road in the World. But several people told us that we would love Baños, that there is so much to do – so we went.

We found that the road to Baños we took 13 years ago doesn’t exist anymore (large chunks swept away by landslides from the Tungurahua volcano), that the main road from Quito via Ambato is not at all frightening, and that the town is an adventurer’s paradise.

On the bus down we met a bunch of teachers from another International School in Quito, and it turned out that Tim and Erin Henkels are both former Outward Bound instructors and climbers. They had plans to climb in Baños, and kindly invited us along. As a result of this, we also met Willy, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, our climbing guide to the hard Basalt sport climbs of Baños.

Our trip was full and fun, and we want to go back soon to do more. Possibly Canyoning? That means putting on a wetsuit and rappelling down 6 successively taller waterfalls! I’m dying to do that! Sound too rough? How about an open-air bus trip to visit half a dozen waterfalls? Or an evening’s cruise in a weird amusement-park style road train made to look like a happy caterpillar? That’s all for the next time! As for this trip, I’ll let the slideshow do most of the talking.



  1. What a beautiful country you guys are getting the opportunity to explore – thanks for taking the time to share!

    Comment by Bettye Halperin — October 26, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

  2. Great pics Luke, tons better than mine, I´m going to direct some traffic from my site over hear to yours!

    Comment by Tim — October 31, 2007 @ 8:30 am

  3. […] cold. After a brief powwow, we headed to Baños (Bath in English, from the hot springs there. Click here for an entry on our previous visit to this great town). On the drive toward Baños we got a big […]

    Pingback by Yet Another Survival-Epic-Adventure-Vacation « Equator Gringos — January 29, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

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