Bus to Banos from Quito Ecuador – Easter

Bus to Banos from Quito Ecuador – Easter

It is Easter Friday and we are going to be heading off on a bus to Banos. I am up at 4:45 a.m. all thanks to people arriving and leaving all night at our hotel. But I let my son sleep in and we leave after 6:30 a.m by taxi bound for the bus terminal. We are heading to Banos – the thermal bath central of Ecuador and it is an emotional time as we are leaving our home base of Quito for many months.
We’ve placed a couple of bags of our winter items, spare educational books etc in storage at a travel center, so we do need to return but we have no idea when.

What does it mean?

‘Banos’ – means ‘bath’ in Spanish. So this town will have several natural thermal baths we can enjoy, we hope.

Bus to Banos

Leaving Quito once more, we manage to get front seats on the bus to Banos (which we always try to do for Explorason gets badly travel sick).

Slow Traffic

Bus to Banos

©Exploramum and Explorason – stuck in a traffic jam on the bus to Banos

While on the road, we pass some fabulous countryside structures and vegetation.  The tickets on a bus in Ecuador are $1 per hour – it is meant to be 3.5 hours – so $7 for the 2 of us is not bad on a bus to Banos!

Bus to Banos

©Exploramum and Explorason – the traffic is long and slow as we sit on the bus to Banos

We find a thick traffic jam on the road because everyone is heading away for Easter. There are only two roads into Banos, and both are lined up with cars for miles. It takes over 6 hours on the bus to Banos to finally arrive.

Banos Hotel


©Exploramum and Explorason – We can only find basic accommodation as it is Easter

We finally found a hotel (we wanted to stay at the treehouse hotel of La Casa del Arbol but it was booked out). It actually took 40 emails for us to find it as being Easter everything is already secured. Rates for a hotel are tripled for Easter and this is quite basic but at least we have a private room, a view, and our own bathroom. The decor is consistent with Ecuadorian style with an ethnic flare.

Exploring Banos town

Bus to Banos

©Exploramum and Explorason – Banos town square

We only have two days here in Banos, so after we settle in, we wander around in town. My son’s favorite place is this platform – only stairs one side – so not a bridge.


©Exploramum and Explorason – Explorason loves to climb in the local park

Underneath the locals congregate and sit around the park chatting.  It has a nice feeling.

Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pig

©Exploramum and Explorason – anyone wants to eat a guinea pig?

We pass guinea pigs getting cooked in the street. One hour later they are all gone – except a few legs.

Sugar Cane

Sugar cane

©Exploramum and Explorason – Sugar Cane stalls

Sugar cane is grown widely in this area, so sugar cane juice, sticks, and candies are sold in the street stalls. There are way more stalls than customers, we notice.

Banos Toffee


©Exploramum and Explorason – toffee shop

Homemade toffee is also a favorite and can be bought everywhere. Free samples of this and sugarcane sticks are passed out as we walk along. We try some and learn a little about the process – this is world schooling.

Thermal Baths and Hygiene

thermal bath

©Exploramum and Explorason – the thermal bath lacked hygiene

We head back to the hotel and grab our swimming clothes and walk to the thermal baths. Everything seems in walking distance here. We are armed with nearly all we need. I, however, had not brought sunscreen or a hat as previously all thermal baths were indoors.

Unfortunately, we didn’t last long due to some massive hygiene issues.

  1.  I watched a guy soap up all over.  Face, hair, bum, and privates! Then dive in.
  2. I watched a kid with a bloody dripping nose hop in and out the pool.
  3. Mould grew freely on the water-slide.
  4. I spotted dog poo next to me on the seat.

That was it when I saw the bloody nose – I called Explorason and we changed back to our normal attire and left feeling rather deflated.

There are four thermal pools in town, so might try another one another time – hopefully, it is cleaner.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Thermal bath at Banos

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