Baños de Agua Santa
Not all of Ecuador’s watery attractions are on the Pacific Coast. Case in point, Baños de Agua Santa, or simply Baños, a small town between the Central Andes and the Amazon. Baños is in the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano, with its crater five miles away, and an hour by car from Ambato, the charming provincial capital (which you should also consider adding to your itinerary). The town’s name comes from the many hot springs in the area, the result of geological activity, and which are said to have healing powers. It’s also known for the many scenic waterfalls, some (60) of them, nearby. You can take it easy here, strolling the compact downtown and resting in pools of thermal water or take advantage of the many adventure and extreme sports activities. Operators offer rafting, climbing, canyoning, and trekking trips.