The ramshackle town of Baños in Ecuador is not much to write home about, but the setting is spectacular and the surrounding area is beautiful. Situated in the central highlands, this is a mountainous region just east of Chimborazo and north of Riobamba. The town is famous for the much photographed ‘swing at the end of the world’ which is a rope swing up above the town with great views of the valley below. The road from Baños to Puyo is known as the Ruta de las Cascadas which translates as the waterfall route. This dramatic road goes past more than 12 waterfalls, the highlight being the spectacular El Pailón del Diablo (The Devil’s Cauldron). Baños is also often referred to as the ‘gateway to the Amazon’ as it sits on the edge of the Amazon basin. Most of our Ecuador private tour
clients will stay near to Patate, a lush town on the banks of a river with views of the nearby Tungurahua volcano.