Baños is a small town not far from Cuenca in southern Ecuador, so named for its "baths", or hot springs. Nestling in the shadow of the active (and occasionally smoking) Tungurahua volcano are public pools where backpackers mix with Ecuadorian families immersing themselves in waters of varying temperatures - from cold to a scorchio 50C!
The perfect place to unwind and soothe aching muscles after a nearby jungle trek and/or exhilarating bike ride round a windy mountain road to the impressive Pailon del Diablo waterfall.
Termas de la Virgen or Piscina el Salado
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