Baños and beyond (with bikes)

Having only seen the spectacular landscapes that the Andes had to offer from a car window, we decided on hiring a couple of bikes for the day to take a leisurely ride along the world’s longest mountain range.

Trying half a dozen agencies we finally found a competitive one offering day bike rental with helmet and map for just $5. The map detailed the popular route from Baños to Puyo (42kms) which passed by several waterfalls, zip line stations, bridge jumping points and the astounding Andes. The route was exactly what we were hoping for, a nice pace over five or six hours surrounded by nature and at the end point; taxi buses to ferry people all the way back. Eagerly we set off.

Here are some of the highlights.

© John Brownlie 2012


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