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Soothing and healing waters; excellent cultural experience

I almost did not go here, given what I read about large crowds, which I do no generally like, but... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
1travlgal
,
Cuenca, Ecuador
Go for the scenery, not the thermal baths (skip Sundays!)

We went on a Sunday, early in the morning as a local suggested, but it was still crowded. The... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Karen L
,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Average21%
  • Poor5%
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“hot springs” (35 reviews)
“cold pool” (9 reviews)
“swim cap” (8 reviews)
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Banos, Ecuador
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

I almost did not go here, given what I read about large crowds, which I do no generally like, but I am glad that I did. The overall experience was well worthwhile. The waters were terrific - I can't believe I did the extremely hot...More

Thank 1travlgal
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We went on a Sunday, early in the morning as a local suggested, but it was still crowded. The waterfall (cascada) was beautiful, as was the surrounding mountain vista. But we would rather go in a water treated hottub/jacuzzi than in the dirty pools here....More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Oh my goodness!!! The water is something like 128 degrees F. Yes, you heard that right. I didn't know humans could stand water that hot but you can (barely). It takes quite a while to get your lower body accustomed to such heat but I...More

Thank Nashville_brent_65
Reviewed 17 July 2017

This is mostly a spot for the locals. There were many people visiting and mostly locals. Perhaps, it is weekend. To the right side is a gated area where they have the statue of the Virgin Mary and sacred water flowing coming from the falls...More

Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Reviewed 13 June 2017

This is a real gem. The mineral water baths sit right next to a steep mountain and a high waterfall. You can alternate between really hot water and an ice cold shower or tub. Many people swear that this has helped them recuperate from illness....More

Thank George K
Reviewed 7 May 2017

a lot of history with the this fall, It will be a short visit but you can get right under it. If you are in Banos you have to see this fall

Thank dtox123
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Upon first visit to these hot springs pools we were a bit unsure because they were so crowded and the water pretty cloudy. Oh my gosh, I am so glad we got over ourselves and gave it a try!! We put on our swimsuits, the...More

Thank rubygirl6
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We went here two nights in a row during our stay in Banos (Thursday and Friday). Of course, Fridays and weekends are quite a bit busier than weeknights. If you go during the daytime, the price is $2, and night (the popular time) is $3...More

1  Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I went for the afternoon mid-week and was surprised how uncrowded the place was. I rarely saw other tourists and felt welcomed by the locals in the pools. I enjoyed soaking in the warm pool while watching the beautiful waterfall. I also alternated soaking in...More

Thank GourmetHiker
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

English/Deutsch/Español Baños has a lot of thermal baths, but las piscinas de la Virgen are the oldest and most famous one. There are several different pools, I mostly used the downstairs area where there is a large pool with extremely hot water and a small...More

1  Thank Windfahrt
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BrianaTraveler
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Response from Canadien56 | Reviewed this property |
There are several restaurants within walking distance of the hotels in the centre of town. Banos isn't very big and there are plenty of people in the streets, so I think it's safe. Several hotels (and even some hostels) have... More
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