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  • Amanda Kerr
    Blackfalds, Canada154 contributions
    What a beautiful hike down to the falls! For anyone with knee issues I would suggest not hiking all the way to the bottom. It was 1.36km roundtrip. I would also suggest wearing a rain jacket as it is a little misty near the falls.
    Written June 21, 2022
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  • Alimcraig
    Valley City, OH69 contributions
    Beautiful landscape , owners were very informed and able to explain much about the Volcano. Cute tree house . Wish there was a place to sit abs have a picnic or a cute quaint setup for coffee . We did enjoy the one the sample of Moro :) and the swing was not as scary as we imagined.
    Written September 9, 2022
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  • Adventure beyond imagination
    Munich, Germany14,609 contributions
    Exciting waterfall experience along the „highway“. Different ways to explore the beauty and power of the nature wonder. Just amazing.
    Written January 27, 2022
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  • Elias_Rovielo
    Sao Caetano do Sul, SP1,127 contributions
    I hired the Ivagatours travel agency to do several tours around Baños.

    One of the tours was the climb to the top of the volcano for two days.
    My mountaineer and private guide was Ñato. No one on the trails, refuge or summit.

    *****

    A two day hiking and climbing.
    It is no longer acclimatization to high altitudes. It's a serious climb with a private guide. There was no one but us for two days.

    Because of the snow avalanches, it is advisable to get up at dawn, as the snow is still solid and down shortly after the morning sun starts to get strong, shortly after 7:00 am.

    It's my first climb to mountain peaks or volcanoes in the dark of the cold, starless dawn.

    ***The FIRST Day of Climbing:

    Rent appropriate equipment for this volcano (rain, cold, snow, sand, stone, darkness, etc.)

    The mountaineering guide, Ñato, and I left Baños at 2:30 pm.

    We arrived at the park entrance, signed the official papers, paid the required and started up the well-marked and steep trail from the park entrance to the Refugio. It is usually 4 hours of trail (5km/3,1mi).
    We left at 3:28 pm from the park entrance at 2,790 meters (9,153 ft) and arrived at the Refuge at 3,810 meters (12,500 ft) at 6:00 pm. We managed to do it in 2.5h. I stopped several times to photograph the blue sky, mountains, nature, etc. I wanted to see the sunset at 6:20 pm. from the "Refugio" and we saw the beautiful sunset.
    We had seafood risotto dinner at 6:54 pm.
    We slept from 7:40 pm to 1:30 am.

    ***The SECOND day of Climbing:

    Waking up, light breakfast taken and we prepared with the proper equipment at 1:30 am.
    We start climbing at 2:00 am from the Refuge at 3,810 meters (12,500 ft) to the summit of the Throat of Fire volcano. At 6:52 am, we reached the summit of the volcano at 5,023 meters (16,479 ft).

    A few minutes to five full hours of dawn climb, a part with rain, full dark and just a forehead flashlight to illuminate, steep, loose and slippery rocks, soft sand, snow in the final 40 minutes, very cold in the glacial region, 6ºC (42,8ºF) at the summit (but on the way at dawn it was colder), no music to hear the guide's instructions, loneliness, attention, tiredness, fear, new, and an accomplished achievement of a 54-year-old man. My physical and mental limit has been tested again.

    36 minutes at the summit of the mega volcano, as the wind is sharp and cold, and the descent before the glacier begins to melt with the Ecuadorian sun.

    The descent is rapid, but it is much more tiring and the knees have to be physically well prepared to withstand the ligament grip. Go down the volcano seeing the cliffs? You don't see anything rising at dawn, but you know it will rise at 5,000 meters (16,404 ft).

    * From 7:29 am to 9:09 am (1h: 39m) - 5,023 meters to 3,810 meters (1km21m) (from the summit to Refuge);
    * From 9:28 am to 11:43 am (3:16 am) - 3,810 meters to 2,800 meters (1km10m) (from Refuge to Park Entrance);

    There are four quick steps downhill in one go with photo stops, rest and breakfast in the refuge:
    From 5,023 meters (16,479 ft) to 2,800 meters (9,186 ft) (2km220m/1,37 miles downhill in zig zag and steep in 4h: 45m).

    1º) The first part of the glacier with snow. Slippery and loose stones with snow;

    2º) The second part of the ash of the volcano, that is, soft sand with loose and hard stones;

    3º) Low vegetation until the Refuge. At the Refuge, we change clothes, clean the place, put everything in our backpacks, and go down after a quick coffee to the park entrance;

    4º) From the refuge to the entrance of the park the trail is demarcated and the vegetation increases the volume and height.

    I had the next day the largest volcano in the world, the Chimborazo, the volcano with the farthest peak from the center of the earth and closer to the sun, higher than Everest.

    I descended this volcano by mountain bike. After Chimborazo, I climbed two more volcanoes. In total there were 8 climbs in Ecuador in 18 days.
    Written February 10, 2020
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  • Stacey L.
    Los Angeles, CA73 contributions
    This place is so cute!!! They let you borrow umbrellas in form of mushrooms if it’s raining and ears as long as you bring your ID or passport. I went with my family and my toddler we took lots of photos and saw there was a little cafe and gift shop although we didn’t get anything since we just ate but they did have so many cute places to take pictures of and everyone was really nice there too
    Written November 29, 2021
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  • Macossay
    USA101 contributions
    It didn't cost much, didn't take long, and was a fun little diversion to cross the river gorge in a metal cage and look at the waterfall from directly above.
    Written January 30, 2022
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  • spendingpension
    Lincoln, UK242 contributions
    Make sure to view inside the church and do pay the $1 to go up to the museum. My husband thought the museum excellent.
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, CA2,618 contributions
    This is on the way to the Tree House and definitely worth a stop. Quite a large collection of animals, mostly indigenous to this area. $4/person gets you admission and a handful of alfalfa to feed the critters - and they know you are coming. Just follow the loop around to feed the various animals. Especially liked the friendly, bushy donkey who followed us around. Great place for kids.
    Written January 30, 2020
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  • amgvvas111
    Brisbane, Australia15 contributions
    The zoo is walking distance from Banos and worth a visit. Lots of birds and animals and nice views. The monkeys was very playful and put on a show for us.
    Written February 27, 2020
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  • JillSare
    Banos, Ecuador20 contributions
    Wonderful hot springs complex, drained and cleaned daily. Try to go early in the day for the cleanest water - if people pee in the sulphur pools, the reaction of the ammonia in urine makes the water smell like dirty diapers. Sometimes the employees crank the big speaker up to full volume, even before 7 am! Not my idea of a relaxing mineral bath soak!!
    Written October 12, 2021
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  • Joy_al_mundo
    Quito, Ecuador73 contributions
    a bit steep, but well worth the view from the top! was told not to go too late however, after dark due to safety concerns.
    Written March 18, 2019
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  • Tanis E
    402304748 contributions
    For a few moments my family, traveling companion friends and I disconnected from the adventurous energy in Baños and escaped into the art of Marcelo Barahona. How we enjoyed getting to know Marcelo and discussing the different national and international artists who have influenced his work! We couldn't resist taking home a few small works of art for now, but are already saving up for a bigger piece in the future. We highly recommend planning a visit to Barahona Galeria de Arte while in Baños, it is a both a cultural and artistic-appreciation experience. Thank you Marcelo for your attention and time!
    Written February 17, 2021
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  • constance w
    Sherwood Park, Canada133 contributions
    Had a little salad and a soak in the mineral baths for Valentines day as our Date! After we wandered over to the steamboats. Then we wandered back to our air and b where we picked up some local Fruita long the way. Our air and b was a lovely hand built home on the side of a mountain that required a 4x4 to access. Once you were there ... beautiful views everywhere and home to the hummingbird Whisperer!
    Written February 18, 2017
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  • effbowen
    44 contributions
    Located on the main road in Rio Verde, this is nice visit if you are a fan of orchids. Good variety and some amazing ones you can only see with a magnifier. $2 to get in and we got a private tour.
    Written August 12, 2018
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  • Chris F
    3 contributions
    If you're a fan of odd taxidermy, this is an amazing place to visit. Or if you like museums curated with no discernable logic beyond "here are all the collections we've hoarded". There's minimal information about things, even in Spanish, so it's a bit of a surreal experience.

    I do like all of these things, so this place (especially the animals room) was the best $1 entry fee I've ever spent.
    Written August 15, 2018
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