24th June 2013 - up earlyish both from habit after so many starts on the boat and also to make a couple of calls. Left the hostel around 9am and got a taxi to the quitumbe bus terminal in southern Quito. Walked up to the ticket offices and spotted one that had express to Banos but there was no one selling tickets the next office said they were going express to Banos leaving at 10am which was in 3 minutes. Quickly brought the ticket and ran to find the bus. Luckily it was about half way up the line. Put my bag under and jumped on just before it left. It is always fun when it is an express bus that stops everywhere. They pick up anyone on the side of the road. Again we had the fun of people jumping on board to sell us something which was often accompanied by some long sob story. After 3 and but hours we arrived in Banos. Which is a small town nested in the mountains. Was a little worried as we drove through fire only 30 mins before arriving. Walked to the hostel that Katie and alex had suggested. Was lucky that it is quiet so I have a dorm room to myself. And they have breakfast and dinner included, extra bonus :)
Dropped off my bags and went walking around the town. It is a fairly small tourist town, lots of little shops and also booked a bus tour for tomorrow to go and look at the waterfalls in the area.
Back to the hostel and rested before dinner. Enjoy the fast wifi.
Had dinner with the 5 other people that are in the hostel. Got a suggest on a couple other things to do in the area and also found that the bus going across the boarder doesn't leave till friday so am going to spend an extra night.