|Our new car|
The town of Banos sits at the base of the volcano Tungurahua ("throat of the fire" in Quichua). It is an active volcano, and has erupted since we moved here. When it erupts, it makes headlines and the townspeople are ordered to evacuate. Lucky for us, it was resting when we visited.
There are thermal baths in town, and it is an adventure-seeker's paradise with hiking, rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, climbing, bungee jumping, and zip lining. Banos is also the jumping-off-point into the jungle, through the town of Puyo. We chose to take it easy and spend our time at the Samari Spa Resort. (http://www.samarispa.com/html/en/).
|Entrance to Samari Resort|
This resort sits on the site of an 18th century Jesuit monastery. We stayed two nights here and really enjoyed walking around the grounds.
|Families were enjoying the indoor pool|
|Lobby Area of the Spa|
|Our room was in this villa|
|View from our window|
This resort is perched at the top of a sheer cliff overlooking the town of Banos. This was a very peaceful place and one that I wouldn't mind staying at sometime.
|High above the town of Banos|
|The treehouse is on the edge of a cliff|
|I made it all the way up, but it was swaying in the wind!|
|Swinging out over the edge!|
|Don't look down!|
The next day we left Banos and drove to the small town of Alausi, where we spent the night at La Quinta Hosteria. It has beautiful views of the surrounding area and is adjacent to the train station which was convenient for our early morning train ride the next day.
|Our companion, keeping us safe!|
|Enjoying breakfast just before our Devil's Nose Train ride|