A trip to Baños without experiencing the thermal pools would be like a trip to Italy without trying the pizza…unless you’ve got an upset tummy; then you may just have to live vicariously through your travel mates. Prior to departing Baños this afternoon for Riobamba, we took a 10 minute walk through downtown to Monte Selva Hotel & Spa to experience the volcanic thermal pool. Complete with volcanic ash masks and chocolate moisturizing masks, it was a treat for the group. For me, I listened to a few chapters of my audio book between photo/video duty in the shade alongside this pretty pool.
Everyone seemed rejuvenated for our 2pm departure to Riobamba. I’m happy to report that my tummy is feeling better, knock on wood! And my cold is starting to clear up as well. All my over-the-counter meds have come in handy.
Our next stop was Pelileo, known as the Blue City because of its booming jeans industry. Every town in Ecuador seems to be known for a different product. They have knock offs for every brand of jeans you can imagine and they’re all $15. It was fascinating to walk through this town. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen quite so many mannequins in my life at one time.