Known as “The Gateway To The Amazon”, Baños is a popular stop for tourists looking to explore the natural beauty of Ecuador. There is plenty of hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting to be had. I wouldn’t come here for dating/meeting women purposes. Although there is of course some hostel/tourist hook-up action, this really is primarily an adventure destination as opposed to a party one.
Temperate (10-20 °C). Rains a ton. Never gets too hot.
Depends on your taste. There is something for all outdoorsmen here. I’d suggest biking to check out the various waterfalls around the area. Won’t take more than a day. Also, a jungle tour is worth the money. There are options for both day and overnight tours.
IS BAÑOS SAFE?
As a small city, Baños is relatively safe. The worst thing that is likely to happen to you is getting a bad price on a tour.
DATING IN BAÑOS
Logistics and a lack of attractive locals with be an issue here. Logistics in the sense that most locals will be living with their parents or will have gotten the heck out of the city in order to get a good job or education. I will, however, grant it a 6 because there are tons of backpackers passing through here. Not my thing, but if it’s yours I’m not one to judge.
Online dating in Baños, Ecuador: Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with girls and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, I recommend it
WOMEN IN BAÑOS
Locals aren’t great and backpackers are…well, backpackers. You’ll see a few decent looking gals passing through, but, in short, this isn’t a place to come exclusively for women.
For better information about Ecuadorian women in general, read our more detailed post about Ecuadorian girls.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN BAÑOS
I’d guess no more than $400 a month (I never managed to check apartment prices here). There are a handful of foreigners living and working in Baños. If you ask one of them about staying longterm, they should be able to point you in the right direction.
NIGHTLIFE IN BAÑOS
There are only two decent options for nightlife here: Leprechaun Bar and Mocambo. They are right across the street from one another. Leprechaun Bar is where all the foreigners go and Mocambo is more of a local vibe. While normally, I’d recommend the local scene, in Baños, you’ll want to stick with Leprechaun Bar. I checkout out Mocambo twice and both times it was full of either underaged girls or old people. Leprechaun will have about a 50/50 mix of foreigners and locals that are age appropriate.
I recommend: Leprechaun Bar.
LEARNING SPANISH IN BAÑOS
If you want to meet women in Latin America, you will need to know a bit of Spanish. PickUp Spanish is an entertaining and informative course that teaches Latin American Spanish in a way that is geared toward meeting and dating latinas!
Skip the boring classes and…
COST OF LIVING IN BAÑOS
GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.10 Loaf of Bread= $1.00 Eggs= $1.60 Water (1.5L)= $1.15 Cigarettes= $5.00
BOTTLE OF BEER: $3.00
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $8.00-$12.00
JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN BAÑOS
Anything adventure related. I’d imagine you could get a job quite easily here, but it won’t pay well (obviously)
Mixed feeling about Baños. While it’s great for a few days of nature adventure, I can’t imagine staying here for more than a week. Just too small and too many tourists. You can certainly keep yourself happy for awhile with outdoor activities, though. Definitely worth a stop if you’re travelling around Ecuador – beautiful scenery. But not much else apart from that.
OVERALL RATING: 6/10
Want to meet women in Baños? Use Latin American Cupid