Baños de Agua Santa – Puerta del Dorado – Tungurahua Volcano and activities that can be performed.
Baños de Agua Santa is located in the province of Tungurahua only 180 km from Quito and 35 km from Ambato. Known as “The Golden Gate” and also known as “The Bit of Heaven” because of the tranquility offered by their environment.
The resort town is located in a valley with waterfalls and hot springs next to the Tungurahua volcano with a height of 5,016 meters.
Has a population of 20,000 inhabitants, is at a height of 1,826 meters and has average temperatures of 20 ° C.
Offers many attractions: you can visit the Basilica of the Virgen del Rosario de Agua Santa, you can visit different waterfalls, climb the Tungurahua (volcano), try the delicious marshmallows (sweet made from sugar cane), there are varieties crafts made in balsa and tagua made elsewhere and resold in this location.
Tungurahua volcano has a height of 5016 meters and is located 25 km east of Ambato. On the slopes of Tungurahua are several villages dedicated to agriculture and a small town called “Baños de Agua Santa” north-west of the volcano.
Called “the black giant” and is one of the easiest to climb volcanoes in Ecuador. The volcano is active since 1999.
Village tourism is closely related to the rest of the canton; the main attraction of the canton is nature, endowed with high biodiversity. It is one of the most tourist towns of Ecuador; It is also known as “La Puerta del Dorado” and also known as “The Bit of Heaven” because of the tranquility offered by their environment. It also offers many attractions: you can visit the Basilica of the Virgen del Rosario de Agua Santa, you can visit different waterfalls, climb the Tungurahua (volcano), try marshmallows (sweet made from sugar cane), there are varieties of handicrafts made in balsa and tagua made elsewhere and resold in this location.
The Mantle of the Bride: This waterfall flows into the Pastaza River. Its name is due to the dimension that has and white that resembles the veil of a bride. From the way Baños – from the way Baños – Mera – Puyo a path that is reaching the waterfall, then there is a suspension bridge over 100 m. length on the Pastaza River, the tour ends here and you can swim, take pictures and admire the wonderful scenery. It is located 11 kilometers Baños. It is about 40 meters high with a single drop. .
What can be done in Baños?
Baños de Agua Santa is a suitable place to practice various adventure sports such as town: rafting, kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing, bungee jumping, horseback riding, nature walks, canopy, mountain biking, etc.
Rafting: It is a sport and recreational activity consists of crossing the river beds in the direction of flow (downstream), usually on some kind of boat or raft. It is done in the Pastaza River in the eastern sector of the city, leaving from San Francisco or from the La Penal (Black River); it is done in two stretches of the river with different levels of difficulty ranging from III to V is required to swim, no experience required level III, but for levels IV and V.
Canopy: Baños has a variety of places where you can do in this city from 250 meters to 1,000 meters one of the places where we can make canopy can find this services with several lines between cloud forests, rivers and ravines this activity it you can make both children and adults.
Kayak: It is a sport that can be practiced only by experts. In the eastern part of Bath in Black River Mole River Parish is, according to some experts is one of the most technical rivers and the best for this sport, besides the beauty of the environment and biodiversity in the sector.
Cayonign: Practiced in the canyons and ravines of rivers, waterfalls descend allows tied to a rope. And with safety equipment, which is provided entirely by the operating agency hired and supervised by experienced guides. In the vicinity there are several places with unique natural landscapes where this activity is carried out, including: Chamana, Rio Blanco and Cashaurco.
Paragliding: flying above the heavens, with qualified instructors, where you can see the beautiful scenery of Baños.
Bungee jumping: It is an extreme sport, namely, a mode of stringing jump is made from rope bridge (s) dynamics (s) (climbing) as pendulum; It is a very exciting and unforgettable experience. In Baños it is done on the bridge of San Francisco (Terrestrial Terminal sector) and Rio Blanco bridge (4 km. East of the city).
Climbing: It requires a lot of strength and adrenaline, which includes heights of considerable danger. In bathrooms there are very specific such as San Martin walls, the path located behind the bus terminal (San Francisco Bridge) composed of volcanic rock, have been implemented in some fixed anchors and certain routes. There is an artificial wall in the Barrio El Recreo in Adventure Park.
Down hill: it can be done on several routes, such as the route of Windows (Runtún) – Baños, there are other more accessible as Chontilla- Lligua The antennae; Osohuaico- Lligua, Pondoa- Baños , or – Baños Plank, Antennas- Baños , Vizcaya- Baños route.