Baños was the next place after Cotopaxi, a good place to bring Helena back to shape after a very intense flu that is never welcome while travelling.
We also visited a special reserve for endangered monkeys in the city of Puyo. Helena as usual, got attached to some cute baby monkeys (or to be more precise, the monkies got attached to her, fist the leg, than the lap, an later the head).
I got two clown monkeys using my body as playground, and also as a jumping platform.
|(most tour operators offer visits to a mirador where if lucky on can see lava. They sell it like: "Volcano eruptions from 9 PM")|
|(Church of Banos de Agua Santa, covered with gold)|
|(Tasty pig skin with corn and onion)|
It was a nice and fairly easy ride, and for once we got good bikes.
We stoped at several beautiful waterfalls and went across the valley inside a metal cage on a zip line over a twin waterfall.
After half a day of biking spoting some amazing views of the valley and waterfalls we finished or tour at Rio Verde, where there is a major waterfall called garganta del diablo (devils throat), where the river falls abruptly about 50 meters inside a cavern of volcanic rock.
Before taking a ride on the back of a small truck back to the city, we treated ourselves to the best on the spot home made empanadas ever, and I finallu tried a juice of tomate de arbole (tree tomato). By chance we met two Austrian guys that we had gotten to know in Cotopaxi, and enjoued stories of their climb of the volcano during lunch.
Then it was time to leave Baños to Riobamba, which is famous for the Devils nose train ride that is regretfully not working until March because of consolidation works on the line. We hence decided to move on the next morning, but not without having a nice cheap dinner of of chuleta and morocho ( a sweet traditional Ecuadorian drink made of white corn and milk) on a street stand.