Freshly arrived in April, Ecuador never ceases to surprise me. A French girl in Quito, what a change! Everything is different, the people, the altitude, but also the smells, the food, the sensations, and the landscapes, oh yes, the landscapes! I am surrounded by volcanoes all bigger and more beautiful than the other! Every weekend I am planning to discover another horizon of Ecuador! Last weekend I decided to go to Baños!
There I go, about 3:30 hours in bus to the city of waterfalls! On the advice of Gulliver Expeditions, I planned to visit the famous waterfall Pailon del Diablo, as well as the Casa del Arbol, sensation guaranteed for the eyes and for the heart!
For the first day, I decided to visit the Casa del Arbol, this mythical place of the city has a swing where you can swing over the emptiness below you with a breath-taking view of the volcano Tunguragua!
I decide to go on my own … by foot! I leave without knowing how long it will take me, but my guide informs me that a 1:30 walk awaits me… Of course, I do not take the right path and realize after 2 hours, (and after seeing the end the swing at the top of the mountain), that it will take me an eternity on foot! No, I was certain to also get to Casa del Arbol! A blue bus and 15 minutes later, there I am sitting, ready to swing in the void! Yes, I’m going to do it!
My second and last day in Baños, I visited the city centre and its typical market (do you dare to take a little Cuy? :)), the basilica, the waterfall Cabellera de la Virgen and its many baths! The city is famous for its miraculous and sulphurous waters! In the afternoon and before my return to Quito, I decided to join one of the most visited sites in the city: El Pailón del Diablo. On the way to the waterfall, I crossed a lot of people … completely soaked! Strange because I do not see any sign of a waterfall on the horizon! A few minutes of walking later I finally understand why… The immensity of this waterfall impresses me and leaves me speechless for at least a minute. It was fun at this huge water monster and I challenge anyone to stay there for more than 10 seconds! This natural treasure is definitely worth seeing.
Goodbye Baños and see you soon for new adventures!0