17.03.2011 - 18.03.2011
We got a bus from Cuenca to Rio Bambas for $7, then Rio Bambas to Banos for $2.
Banos was an over touristy town with all the stuff you don’t want- quad bikes, touts, damp hostels and stalls full of tat!! Yes the hot baths were there and that was a strange experience, the hottest bath was something ridiculous like 53 degrees!!!! Then next door to that there was a cold plunge pool, we all felt a little faint doing this from boiling to cold and all were red from the chest downwards!! There was another pool which much more pleasant and much more of a social pool with people of all ages in sat around the pool just chatting away. There were a few waterfalls near by too.
Guinea Pig is the dish here but none of us could bring ourselves to eat it!! I think it’s the way it is cooked- whole with its mouth wide open and you can see all their teeth.
Banos had a weird looking church which was lit up like it was something from Disney with all these blue and green lights!!
Here they made a really sweet sweet which is a bit like Taffy and its stretched and made properly by hand in the little stalls around the town, but you couldn’t eat too much of it!! Very sickly.
We were here for St Patricks Day so had a few cheeky drinks in the only Irish bar in town, but it was so quiet!!!
We left Banos and headed to Salinas which was quite a journey!