Hotel el Belen
Travel Blogs from Banos
We just arrived in Banos. Found a cute little hotel to crash for the day and explore Banos. Will upload some jungle photos later when we run out of things to do.
A group of 6 of us went into town this morning to rent buggies to drive around in. After getting harassed by seedy Ecuadorian sales men walking the whole street we bumped into another seedy Ecuadorian sales man who recognized us from one of the bars a few nights ago. We tried to rent 3 buggies (they are 2 seaters) but got told that they didn't have enough power to go where we wanted to go so we rented a jeep car thingy. The guy asked for our passports in order ...
... and got a bad cut. I also played on a swing attached to a zip line. You sit on the swing instead of all the straps because you are not high off the ground. Another structure at the playground had four places where you could sit or hang and go around in circles.
While we were playing, a nice guy came up and talked to us. He asked us questions like, "What's your favorite music?" He asked us to play basketball with him and these other kids. All of us ...
... out to be an interestig place!it seemed to just be full of locals-mainly fat,hairy men and only the super hot pool and freezing cool tub were open so it was crammed!the water was full of 'minerals' but was a murky brown colour and was so hot you couldnt stay in for longer than a few minutes!The boys also werent impressed as they also had to wear shower caps!we were a sexy bunch! we spent the rest of the evening playing cards ...
... understand why every market stall sold identical produce. The town produces a lot of sugar cane so there were sweet stalls everywhere. The sweets called milcoacha are made on the premises using a wooden coat peg. The sugar is mixed with mystery ingredients to make what looks like dough. It's then stretched and looped over the coat peg to get the consistency right and cut into pieces which hardens to a candy. We bought a bag for $1 and it was yummy!
We also ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking