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    • hiring a climbing guide for Cayambe Climb

      Cayambe Oct 7, 2015 at 11:10 AM

      What is the best option for hiring a climbing guide for climbing Cayambe? I found some websites that have 2-day trips for about ~$280 per person, but I was wondering if there are cheaper local guides once you get there. My considerations are: guide speaks English (even a little bit is ok), equipment rental, and cost.

      Any other advice for solo traveler on this topic would be great


    • Ecuador in May?

      Quito Sep 21, 2015 at 12:25 PM

      I am planning a trip to Ecuador for May 2016. As of now, we (active retired couple) plan Quito, 5 day Amazon tour, travel south to Cuenca, fly back to Quito. Is May before the tourist season? I am looking for options for travel between Quito and Cuenta. The Tren Crucero tours are not within our budget. Are there other rail options or are car rentals and driving a possibility?

    • advice for researching travel/accomodation to Ecuador

      Quito Sep 20, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      We are just starting research into planning a 3 wk trip to Ecuador (either Quito, Cuena or both- not sure yet) I'd like a modestly priced apartment, so any advice on the best website to search apartments or suites would be appreciated. Also we'll be flying from either Vancouver, BC or Seattle, WA - any tips on booking flights? Dates we are looking at are late December for 3 weeks. I am not even sure of the weather there at that time ;) Any referral for starting this research would be great!

      Thanks, Lisa

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      Bus from Quito to Banos ?

      by valeriebruce Online Now Nov 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Hello !
      We arrive in Quito airport at 6pm and need to go straight to Banos. What is the best company (toilet on board and mainly suitcase tags as I believe we will be obliged to leave them below).
      I read flotapelileo and transportes Banos are ok ?
      What is best ?
      Muchas gracias !

      3 Answers Nov 27, 2014 at 1:55 PM
    • ‎!!! Missing: Jonathan Simon !!!

      by Wunderlich85 Online Now Aug 8, 2011 at 8:01 PM

      ‎!!! Missing: Jonathan Simon !!!

      His name is Jonathan Simon, DoB: 9/11/1989, Munich.

      He went missing on Sat 8/6/2011 in Ecuador close to a little village called Pailon del Diablo, nearest town there is called Banos, on a biking path called Routa des Cascades.

      He was last seen at around 7pm local time by the friend he was travelling with. The boys decided to take different routes and meet up again at the other side of a waterfall which should have taken them each about 10-15 minutes.

      Jonathan never showed up and went missing ever since.

      Local police had been informed and did start a search for him, but apparently stopped their efforts after about 10 hours with no results or clues.

      Time is of the essence as a search and rescue team should be formed privately or by the authorities, but the longer we wait or waste time to organize this, the more likely it becomes that Jonatahan will no longer be around that area as it is apparently close to the Pan American highway or help might not come just in time for him.

      So any strings anyone can pull over there: go for it!

      You can find a picture of Jonathan on the profile of this group (or alternatively I posted his photo as my profile picture as well – as everyone who cares to have Jonathan found should do btw)

      Thank you for your help!

      2 Answers Aug 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM
    • Accommodation

      by dentisto Online Now Feb 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      Does anybody have a line on decent places to stay in Banos up to around 35 bucks a night? Thanks.

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      Tungarahua tours

      by david1982 Online Now Feb 25, 2009 at 3:06 PM

      Hi all

      Ive read about Tungaruhua tours at night, or late evening. I can't find any websites on this so is it easier to arrange a trip when Im there?


      2 Answers Feb 22, 2010 at 3:10 PM
    • Bust Trip from Quito to Banos

      by tbetancourt Online Now Jul 7, 2008 at 12:47 PM

      I'm going to Quito in August and would like to visit Banos as well. I read that it takes almost 4 hours to get there by bus. Do they make bathroom stops? I will be traveling with my 8 year old daughter.
      Thanks! -Tanya.

      2 Answers Jul 9, 2008 at 1:04 PM
    • Area around the volcano Tungurahua

      by jbobbitt Online Now Sep 25, 2007 at 9:12 AM

      I am traveling to area around Banos in April 2008 and was wondering if the volcano would affect the area Sangay and Llanganati National Park if there was an eruption?

      1 Answer Sep 26, 2007 at 12:43 PM
    • volcano smoke ?

      by travellingsoon Online Now Jul 25, 2007 at 2:04 PM

      i am thinking of spending some time in banos, or possibly patate - so i would like to know if there is smoke there - from the volcano. and if so, how much and how often? have people complained of it hurting their eyes, or causing a chronic cough?

      when i lived on the big island of hawaii, i got very sick from the volcano smoke on the kona side. it looked like the smog in los angeles, and everyone called it vog.

      thank you - i appreciate your help.
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      1 Answer Sep 24, 2007 at 11:11 PM
    • Internet

      by tinkjess Online Now Aug 10, 2006 at 10:29 PM

      I have 2 questions.....
      1st. Does anyone know if high speed interntet is available in home in Banos? What the connection is and how much it costs?

      2nd. Does anyone know of a good web site to find rentals?

      Thank you!

      1 Answer Oct 7, 2006 at 7:11 PM
    • Trouble In Banos?

      by stephenpriddy Online Now May 23, 2006 at 3:29 PM

      I´m on a 10 month trip round Latin America and just arrived in Ecuador. All been ok so far but my family back at home are getting a bit worried as apparently an english woman tourist disappeared in banos a few months ago and had her bank account cleared. Does anyone know any more about this ie what happened, where she was staying when it occured? I´m not too worried but just curious...

      7 Answers Jun 25, 2006 at 7:36 AM
    • Is Luna Runtun really so bad?

      by PaulineB Online Now Sep 29, 2005 at 10:39 AM

      I read a posting on here about a bad experience at Luna Runtun - have other people had good experiences? I am planning on staying there later in the year. Also does anyone know the best place to get a taxi from Quito to Banos - obviously I want to pay the lowest price possible!

      Thank you

      2 Answers Apr 24, 2006 at 8:20 AM