We continued our trip in Ecuador to Banos – the city of baths. And as it started to rain when we arrived, we made our way directly to one of those hot baths. The water at the Thermas de Virgin was nice, almost too nice. But we got used to the hot temperature and used the water sledges to cool down in between. One of the fun-facts about those thermal baths is that everyone is obliged to wear a bathing cap which looks rather funny.
The next day we hiked up to the Casa de Arbol. The hike was so steep, that we almost climbed up there. We did 800m of altitude within a distance of less than 3km. But when we finally reached the top, we could not only enjoy an outstanding view but also the swings at the Casa de Arbol. They are right at the edge of the mountain and therefore swinging on them provides you with an extra portion of adrenaline.
After swinging we walked another hour until we reached the five-star hotel Luna Runtun. Not to stay there, but to access their thermal bath. It is the best located thermal bath in Banos and the view from its hot pools over the city at dawn and night is unique.
On our last day we went zip lining and it was the biggest zip lining park we had ever been. There were six zip lines with a total length of 2’000m beautifully situated in the jungle. We crossed rivers, canyons, passed waterfalls and palm trees. And we did this upright, upside down and in superman position – alone and sometimes together on parallel zip-lines. And when we returned the two cutest puppies you can imagine greeted us. One was super small and white and the other one a husky puppy of 2 month. When we looked into his beautiful blue eyes, we knew that this was the kind of dog we wanted to have.