Tungurahua, Banos

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Admire the grand shape and snowy cap of Tungurahua, one of South America's most active volcanoes. Take a hike on one of many routes intersecting the surrounding area. Though access to the volcano itself is understandably restricted due to its frequent activity, the surrounding farmland and foothills offer great views of the erupting giant. At 5,023 m (16,480 ft) tall, the volcano cuts an imposing figure over the landscape and, set against the sky or jutting out from the land below, photographs well. Our Banos trip itinerary planning website makes visiting Tungurahua and other Banos attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Our drive from Banos to Patata where we would stay at an hacienda for the night was amazing and as we were climbing on one side of the valley to get to our lodging we began to see a view of the coned ...  more »
  • Have in mind the documentaries in which we see endless desert valleys, wild vigonie, the volcano with a speech bubble, layered rocks of many colors? Go there and you will see it all in person. You have to go up a bit because from the valley bottom seems just an ordinary mountain and do not understand the immensity of space that welcomes!
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  • Watch an active volcano from so close really is impressive, is like you can watch this volcano from here.
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Banos is full of hotels and hostels, yet during weekends and holidays most fill up quickly despite a considerable hike in prices. Reserve in advance to take advantage of discounts and choose a room with views. You can find some of the area's finest lodgings in elegant guesthouses on the edge of town, where each room comes with free Wi-Fi and access to carefully maintained gardens. Consider also the town's rental apartments, ideal for families with little kids.
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