Banos and the Highway of the Waterfalls


November 20th and 21st, 2011

I hit the road, heading south through the mountains.

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Actual phone booths. Where is Superman?

It was a nice day, and the road through the mountains was smooth.

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I reached Banos without any problems, though a leaky fuel petcock was leaking again. I was going to have to get that fixed.

In Banos I got a hotel for two nights. It was a nicer place, with a spa and Turkish bath. I have never had a professional massage and signed up for one, then went for a walk around town.

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Then I found these –

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but I was apparently “too big” to play in them. Stupid rule.

Banos was destroyed by a volcano, and largely rebuilt, getting a new church.

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Plain for a church in Latin America, and known for these-

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Landscape paintings instead of the usual religious motifs.

I had been looking cuy, a local dish known in the USA as Guinea Pig, but hadn’t been able to find it. I hadn’t had much for lunch so got a snack and headed for my massage. Sorry, no pictures of that. I was my first, so I don’t have anything to compare it too, but it was pretty rough. I guess I felt better afterwards, but that is all I can say about it.

Massage done, I went out to find dinner. Grilled Llama.

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..oh yeah. And a salad. It was tough and chewy, but pretty good otherwise.

The next morning, after the included breakfast, I hit the road. Of course, not just any road but the Highway of the Waterfalls.

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As it turns out, most of the waterfalls are actually on roads that branch off from the highway. Well, the locals call them roads.

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And that road was for this waterfall –

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The ‘big’ waterfall on the highway is El Diablo (of course). It was also the closest to Banos, but you can’t see it from the highway so I saved it for the ride back

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The road is nicer.

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See that building and bridge? The waterfall is down there.

I parked the bike and started the hike down. It’s supposed to be a kilometer, I didn’t measure but the hike back up definitely seemed longer.

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There was a tour bus of Fench people dropped off around the same time I started my walk. I found a bunch on the path.

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What’s the big deal?

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One of those leaf bugs. I took a couple of pictures and resumed the hike, leaving them behind.

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still taking pictures.

I reached the bottom of the trail and found the waterfall

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Oh yeah, the bridge and building were there too.

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The building was a restaurant, but I walked back to the little town at the top of the trail to eat there.

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She watched my bike while I was hiking (not sure that was needed, but I appreciated it. I had three empanadas (two chicken/cheese and one banana/chocolate), and they were fantastic. If you find yourself there I can heartily recommend them. Also, while eating, a couple from Chicago traveling through Ecuador on buses (and the Highway on bicycles) stopped for drinks. I talked them into lunch.

I rode back to Banos, which has it’s own waterfall.

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The catch the water from the falls and funnel it into those sinks. The water was cold, but people (okay, women) were there washing.

I spent the rest of the day working on the blog and backing up pictures. And napping. I like napping.

Despite walking around town I couldn’t find a mechanic to look at my leak, so it was still dripping. I didn’t have a real plan for where to go next, so decided to just started heading for the Peru border, hopefully finding a town to have some repair done on the way.

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2 Responses to Banos and the Highway of the Waterfalls

  1. I am hoping you find some assistance in getting that leak fixed. Great waterfall!

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  2. Dave Rankine says:

    Man are we ahead of you. Doug and Dave. By the way don’t miss Valparaiso. Dave

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