Posada del Arte in Banos, Ecuador

Banos, Ecuador

Hostal Posada del Arte is tucked off the main square but the colorful entrance is impossible to miss

Banos, Ecuador

Inside is a cozy common room with a fireplace and a rotating gallery of artwork on the walls, mostly local artists and all for sale.

Banos, Ecuador

Banos, Ecuador

We stopped in to eat in the restaurant and I got my (by now) favorite Ecuadorian meal, llapingachos

Banos, Ecuador

Eggs. chorizo, potato pancakes, avocado and tomato salad. Awesome.

I loved Posada del Arte. The food was great, the atmosphere is gorgeous and it’s right in the center of town. As much as I really liked staying at La Casa Verde, it’s a 2km walk out of town, which makes it tricky after midnight when the cabs stop running. If I were to come back to Banos, I’d stay at Posada del Arte.

Waterfalls and Banos

Banos Ecuador is a charming little town tucked in a valley next to the volcano Tungurahua

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This was our last stop in Ecuador and we chose to stay at La Casa Verde

Banos, Ecuador

An ecohostal run by Doug and Rebecca, two extremely conscientious and accommodating hosts dedicated to living green and providing food and furnishings that come from local vendors.

The hostal sits just outside the city limits and we had views of the mountainside right out our window.

Banos, Ecuador

While Banos is known for all manner of outdoor activities (canyoning, white water rafting, hiking, climbing), the waterfalls are the main attractions. Travelers can walk, ride or drive the “ruta la cascadas,” ride a tarabita (cable car) near the Manto de la Novia

Manto de la Novia, Banos

And climb up into the Pailon del Diablo where the “trail” turns into a crawl space

Banos. Ecuador

And ends under a rock overhang with the millions of gallons of water falling all around and the most incredible views

Banos, Ecuador

The Pailon del Diablo translates as Devil’s Cauldron, so named because of the shape of the pool where the water falls and also because of the devil’s face in the rock. Can you see it?

Banos, Ecuador

The waterfalls coming off the volcano help heat the thermal baths in the center of town that supposedly have healing properties

Banos, Ecuador

Banos, Ecuador

Called Termas la Virgin because of a Virgin Mary sighting in the vicinity.

Banos, Ecuador

The other big landmark in town is the church, dedicated to the Virgin de Agua Santa

Banos, Ecuador

I loved Banos. It has a laid back vibe and there’s a lot to do in an around the city. I could have stayed for a week but unfortunately, we only had a few days here before heading back to Quito.

Tomorrow, Posada del Arte, the other notable place we ate in Banos

Casa Hood in Banos, Ecuador

Banos Ecuador

An odd sounding name in English but it comes from the owner’s last name so it properly translates as Hood’s House.

Casa Hood is a popular restaurant in Banos and travelers flock here for a lot of reasons. It’s one of the few vegetarian friendly restaurants in the country and offers ethnic cuisine like this “Mexican” breakfast/dinner option with potatoes, black beans, fried egg and a tomato salad.

Banos, Ecuador

And the Hindu curry that Jules got, which was a really good medley of yellows and just spicy enough to warrant the addition of banana.

Casa Hood, Banos

The waiters speak English, there’s a book exchange library

Banos, Ecuador

though there are some odd rules and regulations around the exchanges. The books are available for rent, however, so if you’re in Banos long enough that might be a viable option.

Overall this restaurant is charming with a bar in the next room, interesting art and live music on the weekend.

Banos, Ecuador

This is also a great place to meet other travelers; so if you’re in Banos, check out Casa Hood. You can even order chips and guacamole (and it’s pretty good) and trust me, you won’t see that anywhere else in Ecuador!