Banos, Ecuador, is full outdoor and adventure activities like cycling, exploring the jungle, bungy jumping, rafting, and, my personal favorite, hiking.
One short 45-minute but challenging and worthwhile hike to do when in Banos is to Bellavista, a lookout point that gives you views of surrounding mountains, the Tungurahua volcano, and the city itself.
You can access the trail at the end of Calle Maldonado. The trek is almost completely uphill, with many lookout points and wooden rest stops along the way. It’s pretty straightforward, and you’ll know you’ve reached the lookout point when you get to a big cross overlooking Banos, as well as a colorful cafe.
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