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Banos, Provincia del Tungurahua, Ecuador

How much does it cost to travel to Banos?

You should plan to spend around $46 per day on your vacation in Banos. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $15 on meals
  • $10 on local transportation
  • $31 on hotels

A one week trip to Banos for two people costs, on average, $643. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $46
  • One Week Per person
    $322
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $643
  • One Month Per person
    $1,379
  • One Week For a couple
    $643
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $1,287
  • One Month For a couple
    $2,757
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Banos cost?

A one week trip to Banos usually costs around $322 for one person and $643 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Banos on average costs around $643 for one person and $1,287 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Banos on average costs around $1,379 for one person and $2,757 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Banos has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Banos expensive to visit?

Banos is a very affordable place to visit. Located in Ecuador, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Banos in depth.

Within South America, Banos is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Salvador or Cartagena.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Banos Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Banos?

The average Banos trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Banos travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $31
Local Transportation 1 $10
Food 2 $15
Entertainment 1 $19
Tips and Handouts 1 $3 - 9
Alcohol 2 $5 - 15
Accommodation Budget in Banos
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Banos is $16. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Banos is $31. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $16
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $31

Hotel Prices in Banos

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Banos based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $47. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Banos
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Banos is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $10 per person, per day, on local transportation in Banos.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $10


Flights to Banos
How much does it cost to go to Banos? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Banos
The price of renting a car in Banos will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.



Food Budget in Banos
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Banos can vary, the average cost of food in Banos is $15 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Banos should cost around $6.10 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
    $15

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 and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Dinner
    $13
  • Ice cream
    $1.50
  • Coffee
    $2.50


Entertainment Budget in Banos
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Banos typically cost an average of $19 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $19

Recommended Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment in Banos?

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 and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Two Rented Bikes for the Day
    $10
  • Cost to see Waterfall
    $2.00
  • Day at the Spa
    $45
  • 2 Bike Rentals (1 Day)
    $10
  • Entrance to Waterfall
    $2.00


Tips and Handouts Budget in Banos
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Banos is $5.76 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Banos is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $5.76


Alcohol Budget in Banos
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $9.74 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
    $9.74

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 and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Beer
    $4.00


Water Budget in Banos
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $1.24 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
    $1.24


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.
Sights
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.

Activities
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.

Transportation
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.

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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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.