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Having a Blast in Banos – Ecuador & The Galapagos Community Service

The time has almost come for the last leg of our trip: our seven-day trek through the Galapagos. But first, a recap of our relaxing stop in the beautiful town of Baños.
Baños is one of the most popular spots to visit in Ecuador, and it isn’t hard to see why. The town is surrounded all sides by mountains, including the volcano which feeds the many local hot springs. Our hotel had its own volcano-fueled hot tub, and while we were skeptical of the resort’s claim that the tub had incredible healing powers, unwinding in the tub was a popular activity for many of us.

Tubing in Banos
When we weren’t in our hotel, we were exploring our spectacular surroundings. On our first full day in Baños, we went white water rafting – and it might just have been our favorite adventure of the trip thus far! Grouped by our trip “families” (the Bergruns, the Flock, and the Millers), we expertly navigated the rapids. In the calm spots, we had fun jumping overboard and swimming between boats.

Boat Ride in Banos
We did more outdoor exploring on our second full day, as we spent the morning checking out several of the breathtaking waterfalls around Baños. However, the day was much more notable for another reason: it was Sarah’s birthday! ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! To celebrate, we sang our hearts out at karaoke, feasted on a chocolate cake, and helped Sarah eat the candy from her birthday piñata.
All in all, Baños was the perfect end to our stay on the Ecuadorian mainland. Now on to the Galapagos!
¡Hasta luego!

The Westcoast Blogger

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