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A January 2007 trip to Banos by Shady Ady

Casa Hood Photo, Banos, Ecuador More Photos
Quote: A review of the activities to be found in and around the Ecuadorian spa town of Banos.

Casa Vieja de Dusseldorf (La)

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Restaurant | "La Casa Vieja de Dusseldorf"

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If you hadn't guessed from the name, there is a certain German theme to this well established Banos restaurant, although if you managed to walk in without noticing the name I very much doubt you would guess. It doesn't really look much like your traditional German restaurants found in cities such as Berlin or Munich. Don't see this as a deterrent though as German or not German, food and atmosphere is what makes a restaurant.Situated on one of the busiest and most popular thoroughfares of Banos and also doubling as a rather swanky hotel, La Casa Vieja de Düsseldorf offers a very impressive array of foods throughout the day, strangely non of which are German though, and are served in a very cosy...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2007

Casa Vieja de Dusseldorf (La)
Ambato and Eloy Alfaro
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Casa Hood

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Casa Hood Photo, Banos, Ecuador
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The town of Banos, nestled on the slopes of the ever-active Tungurahua Volcano is a favourite stop off destinations for virtually every Gringo visiting this small Andean country. With such a high influx of visitors it isn’t surprising that the town boasts a wide selection of eateries serving anything from French fondue to Japanese sushi.While the choice of restaurants can’t fail to impress, the lack of originality in choosing their names can certainly cause some head scratching and confusion. In the space of a gentle two minute stroll you not only find Casa Hood, but also the similar sounding Café Hood and Casa Good. In my opinion Casa Hood is the only one worth contemplating.Casa ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2008

Casa Hood
Luis A. Martínez Atrás Del Supermercado
Banos, Ecuador
593 274-2668

Ecozoológico, Acuario y Serpentario San Martín

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Attraction | "Acuario y Serpentario San Martin"

Ecozoológico, Acuario y Serpentario San Martín Photo, Banos, Ecuador
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Opposite San Martin Zoo, a short 10-minute ride from central Baños, is Acuario y Serpentario San Martin. If you are visiting the zoo and feel the need to add reptiles, snakes, and a few more birds to your day's viewing, then the $1 entrance fee and 30 minutes it takes to look around the various enclosures doesn't really cut deep into your time or monetary budgets. On the other hand, a trip out of Baños specifically for this one attraction isn't really worth it.Although housing a decent representation of reptiles, snakes, spiders, and fish from the coastal and eastern rainforests, including the much-feared and highly poisonous fer-de-lance, I felt a little embarrassed that I had paid to see so ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 27, 2007

Ecozoológico, Acuario y Serpentario San Martín

Banos, Ecuador

Ecozoológico, Acuario y Serpentario San Martín

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Attraction | "Zoologico San Martin"

Ecozoológico, Acuario y Serpentario San Martín Photo, Banos, Ecuador
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On the outskirts of Baños in the district of San Martin and touted as one of the spa town's premier attractions is Zoologico San Martin. I'm sure in Ecuador and over South America such a zoo for educational purposes is of great benefit to the children. From a tourist's perspective though, my visit here was a little on the disappointing side.The zoo itself contains many varieties of monkeys, birds, and other mammals from the varying climates of Ecuador. All the animals seem to be more than happy with their spacious and well-designed enclosures and showed no signs of boredom or depression. Each enclosure gives good, detailed information on the animals in both English and Spanish, which was very ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 27, 2007

Ecozoológico, Acuario y Serpentario San Martín

Banos, Ecuador

Tungurahua Volcano

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Attraction | "Tungurahua Volcano Night Excursion"

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Banos is a city full of enjoyments and pleasure and it's almost impossible not to leave feeling calm and relaxed. Unfortunately a night excursion to the slopes of Tungurahua Volcano is something completely out of character to the rest of the town, in fact as another tourist put it, ‘it’s as enjoyable as sticking a needle in your own eye'.Almost every road you walk down in Banos someone is offering night time trips to the still very active Tungurahua volcano, where they guarantee glimpses of red molten lava exploding from the crater top. I had never seen an erupting volcano before, actually I lie, from my home just outside Latacunga in the Ecuadorian Sierra I can often see clouds of ash billowi...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 2, 2007

Tungurahua Volcano
Cordillera Oriental
Banos, Ecuador