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, each one bigger and more beautiful than the previous! Every weekend I am planning on discovering another horizon of Ecuador! Last weekend I decided to go to Baños!
So there I go, about 3:30 hours on the bus, to the city of waterfalls! On the advice of Gulliver Expeditions, I planned to visit the famous Pailon del Diablo waterfall, as well as the Casa del Arbol, sensations 100% guaranteed for the eyes and for the heart!
On 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, providing a breath-taking view of Tunguragua Volcano!
I decided to go on my own… on foot! I left without knowing how long it would take me, but my guide informed me that a 1:30 walk awaited me… Of course, I do not take the right path and realize after 2 hours (and after seeing the swing at the top of the mountain), that it would take me an eternity on foot! No, I was certain to get to Casa del Arbol! A blue bus and 15 minutes later, there I sat, ready to swing into the abyss! Yes, I’m going to do it!
On my second and final day in Baños, I visited the city center and its typical market (do you dare to try a little Cuy?), the basilica church, the Cabellera de la Virgen waterfall and its many baths! The city is famous for its miraculous and sulfurous waters! In the afternoon, and before my return trip to Quito, I decided to go to 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 understood why… The immensity of this waterfall impressed me and left me speechless for at least a minute. It was a fun time 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!