banos things to do

It’s been a while since I made one of these. I have been traveling in Latin America now for 5 and a half months. It sure has been a long year filled with adventure! I have been to five countries so far and counting. The goal is to travel slowly through each country to really dive deep into the culture.

Around three weeks ago I flew from Colombia to Ecuador and started my first volunteering job on the trip. I’m working at a hostel in Baños, Ecuador. Just a few short days after arriving, a substantial nationwide protest broke out. Baños is a very safe tourist destination, so I haven’t seen any protests.

The bigger cities have been hit hard and road blockades implemented throughout. Food supply started to become low and the supermarket had to close for a couple of days. More and more stores/restaurants were closed every day.

This didn’t stop me from going on some adventures though! This past week I visited a few waterfalls. On Monday I went on a short walk/hike to visit Ulba and Cascada del Silencio. These were two amazing waterfalls that are easily accessible from Baños.

A few days later I took a 25-minute cab ride outside of town to take a visit to El Pailon del Diablo. This was by far the most powerful waterfall I have seen to date. It cost us $2 to get in as there were good facilities inside the park. The guy working said this is the most popular thing to do in Baños but we were also the only ones there. Crazy experience.

The strike just ended a few days ago and life is going back to normal here in Ecuador. As for me, I am leaving Ecuador and heading for Peru next week. I will be meeting up with my friend Dave again and we will be starting our adventure through Peru starting in the North. I’m excited to bring you along!

I will be trying my best to stay consistent with weekly updates. If you want these updates sent to your email, you can sign up at the end of this post. Below are some of my favorite photos from the past week.