Great few days in Banos! A small town that's built up in between 2 mountains, one of which is an active volcano! I think one of the last eruptions was about 2006 (from what I've seen around town on a poster) and when it does begin to spew lava, even if it's not a full eruption, you can take a night visit to the top to see the red lava.
Everyone we'd met on the trip that had been here loved the town. Laid back feeling with loads of adventure activities to do! We made the most of it and planned a few bits for each day.
Over the 4 days we were in Banos we went mountain biking around the town, bungee (swing) jumped off a huge bridge with a 40m free fall and 80m pendulum! We went canyoning (absailing) down a group of waterfalls at the base of the mountain which ended in a 40m free fall absail in a waterfall!
Went on the famous 'swing at the end of the World', hiked down to the town centre and took a 'boogie night bus' to the mountains overlooking Banos. We also hired out road buggy's (similar to sand buggy's) and drove up to see some more waterfalls and viewpoints. Funny few hours bombing around town and through all the cliff tunnels as well! Although we did manage to get a puncture on route, having to hail down a local guy driving past and organise our tour guide shop to come with a spare buggy using very broken Spanish!
The nights were spent mooching around town, we had some really good food and also a few drinks with the guys from Montanita. This was the final stop for most of them before we went separate ways! Maybe seeing a few of them again in Colombia, you never know!
Great few days and loads of activities done! Nice having a chilled private room and a base for 4/5 days as well. The hostel had some much appreciated strong wifi as well so managed to get a few phone calls in to family and friends back home. The next stop would be a few days in the capital, Quito. One of the final few places before Colombia and the place where you can stand on both sides of the equator line!
You don't hear much about Ecuador when you speak to South American backpackers but we've been well impressed so far! Let's hope it continues!