After a couple of days in the hills above the town we decided to spend two nights in Banos. We had a craving for pizza and a hot shower. We splurged a little with the La Floresta Hotel, but it was raining and we didn't really feel like going on a long quest through the many hostals, hostels, and hotels to choose from. Today we drove along "La Ruta de las Cascadas" to see the many surrounding waterfalls. The drive took us through some long tunnels that felt like we were driving down mine shafts. Water streamed in through the ceiling and down the rock walls around us. We drove through the green canyon along the Rio Pastaza all the way to a gritty little town called Puyo. We missed most of the waterfalls on the way down, mostly because we were trying not to be run off the road or run over by a bus. We were determined to catch a couple of the biggies on the way back. We succeeded, but to view it up close meant an extreme hike filled with damp stairs. I'm beat.
Tomorrow we move on to Cuenca where I have rented us an apartment for three nights. Time to do some laundry