The “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield bags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. As a proud owner of our Morrison laptop bag, Michelle shares about some of the destinations she's visited with this Clark & Mayfield bag in tow.
While the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon may be Ecuador's most famous draws, foreigners and locals alike have fallen in love with this small but majestic region in the Andes mountains. Located 3-4 hours south of Quito, Baños sits in a green valley at the foothills of a volcano and the "gateway" to the jungle.
Baños is especially known for its plethora of waterfalls (there are over 60) and for being a hot spot for adventure sports. A must-do activity is the Ruta de las Cascadas. This road follows the river valley, passing many impressive waterfalls, zip line opportunities, and gorgeous viewpoints - you can go by bicycle, "chiva" open-air bus tour, or car.
Check out Intentional Traveler's blog post for more things to do in Baños, Ecuador.
Why We Went
After flying into Quito, we took a bus down to Baños and stayed two nights because 1) it was on the way to our final destination: Cuenca, and 2) we had heard so many great things about it from other travelers. Although we are not big adventure sports junkies, we do enjoy hiking and beautiful scenery, so Baños was a great way to break up the trip south and experience a wonderful new place.