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Review of Casa Del Arbol

Casa Del Arbol
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Private 2-Day Quilotoa Lagoon and Baños from Quito
Ranked #1 of 1 Fun & Games in Banos
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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Drive up horrendous in a tourist lorry. Terrible fast, dangerous driver. Made sure we went back down in a different one. Swings were fun though and only cost $1 per person.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

A beautiful and exciting view. A complete MUST for all the visitors who are looking for an amazing picture of their stay in Baños.

Thank Cristina G
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

My niece (14) and I visited. So far, this has been the thing she has been most excited about. We did the Zipline (small but fun none the less) and a couple of the swings.

For a $1 admission, it was the best money we've spent in Ecuador so far.

Thank Deborah Q
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Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

We had a great time at the Casa del Arbol. It's a little touristy, sure, but also a fun trip up and back, and the swings and zip line bring out your inner fun-loving kid. The café is quite good - we enjoyed a hot chocolate, canelazo, and delicious empanadas.

Unfortunately, we had a cloudy day without a view of the volcano, but oh well.

Getting there: take the bus, it's only $1 and very quick! The stop is on calle Pastaza between Montalvo y Luis A. Martínez, by the panadería Don Gato. There are multiple Don Gato locations, so make sure you go to the right one. I recommend asking a local since we were misled by online directions that had become outdated.

Getting back: Your bus will take you back after 2 hours, or there is a hiking trail back to Baños. We decided to be adventurous and take the trail. Overall it was fun but challenging at times, with some steep descents.

Finding it is also difficult. It is not marked at all. Luckily one of the workers at the café gave us detailed directions, even drawing a little map on a post-it note! Once you find the trail, it is pretty straightforward - follow the orange markings.

Alternately, you can walk back down the same road that cars/buses take (be careful!) until you see a sign pointing off to the left advertising a refugio as well as camionas (trails) back to Baños. This takes a little longer but makes the trail easier to find.

Hiking took us about 2.5 hours to get back to our hostel close to the town center. But that includes getting a little lost at first as well as a detour to the Mirador de la Virgen. (The mirador is pretty cool but not essential, in my opinion.) You can easily do it in 1.5 hours or maybe less.

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Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

We took a day trip coming up to the mirador by bus and then hiked back downcton Baños. It was really worth it and very cheap. I recommend going in the week as I can see how it could get busy easily. Our experience was great because of the lack of people!

We had a couple hours playing on the swing and (very tame) zipline and getting snacks at the cafe. Very reasonable entry price at $1. The views are so good as well and its easy to get the famous swing photo!

Don't pay $10 for the tour. Its definitely not worth that! Its so easy to get the $1 bus (times are online) and you won't have a limited time there.

There are plenty of hikes down to the town after too, just make sure it's a dry day as some hikes aren't doable when its raining.

Thank Shalliday92
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