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Banos, Provincia del Tungurahua, Ecuador

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How much money will you need for your trip to Banos? You should plan to spend around $37 per day on your vacation in Banos, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $12 on meals for one day and $8.27 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Banos for a couple is $25. So, a trip to Banos for two people for one week costs on average $515. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
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A vacation to Banos for one week usually costs around $257 for one person. So, a trip to Banos for two people costs around $515 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $1,029 in Banos. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Banos can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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How much does a trip to Banos cost? Is Banos expensive? The average Banos trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Banos prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Banos
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Banos is $12. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Banos is $25.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Banos
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Banos is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $8.27 per person, per day, on local transportation in Banos.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Banos
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Rental Cars in Banos
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Food Budget in Banos
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  • While meal prices in Banos can vary, the average cost of food in Banos is $12 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Banos should cost around $4.88 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Banos is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

What did other people spend on Food in Banos?

Typical prices for Food in Banos are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Banos, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Dinner
  • Ice cream
  • Coffee

Entertainment Budget in Banos
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  • Entertainment and activities in Banos typically cost an average of $15 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Typical prices for Entertainment in Banos are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Banos, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Two Rented Bikes for the Day
  • Cost to see Waterfall
  • Day at the Spa
  • 2 Bike Rentals (1 Day)
  • Entrance to Waterfall

Tips and Handouts Budget in Banos
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Banos is $4.61 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Banos is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Banos
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  • The average person spends about $7.79 on alcoholic beverages in Banos per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

What did other people spend on Alcohol in Banos?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Banos are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Banos, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Beer

Water Budget in Banos
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  • On average, people spend $0.99 on bottled water in Banos per day. The public water in Banos is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Banos On a Budget
Banos Banos, Ecuador
Banos (de Agua Santa) is a small city in the Andean highlands of Ecuador under volcano Tungurahua. Its name, which is Spanish for "Baths (of sacred water)," comes from the famous hydrothermal springs in the area. It's equally popular with foreigners as with Ecuadorians, and is known as the adventure capital of Ecuador. The streets are lined with hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tour agencies. Although it is very touristy, lots of people love it, more for the activities and surroundings than for the city itself. It is an important hub for outdoor sports and jungle tours.
Visit La Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa, a neo-Gothic style church named after the vision of the Virgin Mary seen near the appropriately named waterfalls, a place of pilgrimage for those who come to thank the Virgin for miracles and to ask for her blessing. It was built with many volcanic rocks and the inside is lined with paintings depicting the Virgin's miracles, including saving the church from multiple volcanic eruptions.

There are a few popular spots to get some scenic views on Tungurahua, and Banos from above. The first is the Antennas, which are literally the antennas perched atop mountains above Banos. This is the best spot for viewing Tungurahua from a distance, and a round trip taxi will only cost you USD$15. The other option is to take a taxi up to the Casa de Arbol (treehouse) which is perched on the edge of a valley that runs down the side of the volcano and will also cost USD15 for a roundtrip.

Banos is the adventure capital of South America, where you can do all kinds of activities from rafting to paragliding, through many well equipped and trustworthy tour agencies. There are dozens of travel agencies offering rafting, canyoning, paragliding, zip lining, biking tours, jungle tours, horseback riding, trekking tours, amongst other activities in Banos. There are two nearby bridges that offer visitors the opportunity to jump off, and swing like a pendulum. The higher bridge jump costs USD$20. Full and half day whitewater rafting trips are offered on the Pastaza River. The class of rapids available may vary based on water levels. Talk to tour operators to find out what you can expect. Half day trips run USD$30. Climbing the 5,023 meter active Tungurahua Volcano is normally done over the course of two days, with a night being spent at a Refuge at 3,400 meters. Alternatively, you can simply hike to the Refuge. You can also drive up Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest volcano, which goes up to 6,267 meters, and bike back down with mountain bikes. About an hour by bus from Banos, and 15 minutes further by taxi, you will find the Monkey Reservation in Puyo, where you can play with monkeys. Go canyoning and jump into Rio Blanco with an experienced guide for a series of 4 waterfall abseils in quick succession from 8 to 35 meters. The first two are more technical, while the third and fourth are vertical cliffs, and therefore easier to get down. Half day trips with lunch included cost USD$30.

Take a waterfall tour on the Ruta de las Cascadas. In addition to Banos' natural setting at the base of an active volcano, it's within easy walking, biking, or driving distance to a wide array of waterfalls and rivers. Within a 20-minute drive of Banos are dozens of waterfalls and some of the biggest are easily visible from the road. There are numerous ways to visit them, from bicycling at your own pace, to renting an ATV, to taking a double-decker chiva for just USD$6. Some of the waterfalls offer you the chance to take a ride across the canyon on a metal cable car for only USD$1. You can hike for USD$1 right up to the most impressive waterfall, Pailon de Diablo, and actually climb underneath them if you're willing to get wet. The Cascada de La Virgen is the main waterfall near the city center which empties near the thermal baths. The Manto de la novia, is a dynamic waterfall that sometimes features two distinct chutes and has a cable car ride available. For a more relaxing day, head to the Hot Springs (Termales), either at the base of Cascada de la Virgen, only a 5 minute walk from the center of town or at El Salado, newer hot springs located a few kilometers from central Banos. The first Hot Springs have an entrance fee of USD$2, offer towel rental for USD$1 and are open day and night, but can get very crowded, especially on weekends, due to its close proximity to the town. Regarding El Salado, it's worth a bicycle or taxi ride to get there. These pools are situated alongside a creek, and are only open during the day. Locals say the best time to visit is 17h when you will have them to yourself. There are also a number of spas in central Banos that offer a wide range of services, including regular massages for USD$20/hour, hot stone massages for USD$25/hour and manicures & pedicures for USD$10 each.
Food and Dining
Due to a steady influx of both domestic and foreign tourists, the modest town of Banos boasts a wide variety of great quality restaurants, from cheap local eats to elegant international cuisine. Stiff competition between venues ensures prices remain refreshingly low. Banos is an excellent place to dive into the cuisine of the Sierra regions of Ecuador, however it does require an adventurous stomach. Ecuadorians from all over the country enjoy eating cuy, which tastes like chicken, and is notoriously difficult to eat. Be prepared to eat with your hands and get a little messy, and expect a lot of work for very little reward. Popular dishes that are easier to eat include the Llapingachos, which consists of fried mashed potatoes called tortillas, chorizo, a fried egg, avocado, and salad or the Yaguarlocro, a tripe soup with avocado, onion, and dried blood.

Ecuador is a small country, and getting around it is quite easy and inexpensive. The only way to get to Banos is by bus, but you can bus from multiple locations around Ecuador. The bus station in Banos is near the center of town and is at a walking distance from most hotels and hostels or a cheap USD$1 taxi ride. There are frequent connections to Banos from Quito (3.5 hours, USD$4.00), Riobamba (2 hours, USD$2) and Guayaquil (6.5 hours, USD$10.00). The closest large town is Ambato (1 hour, USD$1) on the Panamerican and there are very frequent buses between the two towns as well. Within the city, you can easily walk as you will never have to go further than a 15 minute walk and it is relatively flat in the city centre. There are plenty of taxis around should you need one.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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By backpackguru
There are three waterfall in the area that might be worth seeing. Cascada de La Virgin is near the city center. Manto de la novia has two separate sections. You can catch a cable car here and get some good views. Pailon de diablo is the best waterfall in the area. There is a hike nearby so you can see the source of the waterfall.

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