Our last weekend in Ecuador we drove south to Baños, a town known for its hot springs, thermal pools, and active volcano, Tungurahua. We stayed high in the mountains at a resort called Luna Runtun, where we would have had a great view of an eruption, if there had been one. Luckily, the volcano is currently inactive, though the town is on alert as the volcano has spewed gases and rock earlier this year.
The resort is on the edge of a national park and planted with beautiful flowers and trees. We enjoyed the scenery, which also included great views of Baños below.
Before heading back to Quito we walked through town and visited the waterfalls that fill the natural pools. On weekends the town is packed with local tourists enjoying the waters, the town squares, and the markets. As in other parts of the country we saw indigenous people dressed in traditional clothing, not for tourists, but because they maintain their own customs. A street vendor was having a hard time keeping up with business so we decided to go over and see what she was selling. Chochos! We all had some, this bean grown in Ecuador, served with roasted corn, onion, and lime. Great!