We started our trip on a Thursday night right after school. It was Easter weekend and therefore we had a public holiday, so we decided to go on a little adventure taking everyone with us that would like to join. We were a group of 8 students and our next destination was: Baños! We took a night bus from Montañita to Guayaquil and from Guayaquil to Baños.
When we finally arrived at hostel Chimenea Spa where we would stay at for the next couple of days at 6am, half of the students occupied the floor sleeping because we could not yet move into our dorms.
After we had a nice and comfortable nap on the cold floor of the hostel followed up by aproper breakfast we decided to start the day with Zip-lining! Zip-lining turned out to be great fun! Everyone enjoyed the view while hanging in there and we experienced adrenaline rushes. The next activity on the list was a bike tour. We were being told it is going to be amazing due to the beautiful mountains and landscapes that we were surrounded by. It
was great indeed. The waterfalls were astonishing. Although the weather did not quite play along because we had pouring rain in between, we still enjoyed the biking.
When we got back to the hostel we were all quite tired an exhausted, so we took a little nap before continuing with the activities in our schedule. Some of our former students were also in Baños during the
exact same time so we thought why not have a major reunion and party afterwards. Living up to the Montañita lifestyle 😉
So we all went out for dinner together with 4 more former students and right after, we went straight to one of the best party places in Baños called Leprechuan! That evening was a huge success, everyone had an amazing time and it was so nice to be all back together for one night!
Since we all returned home quite late during the night (or quite early in the morning) it was obviously incredibly easy for us to get up at 9am in the morning to go canyoning 😀 One might say: the struggle was real! Well, in the end we all managed to get up and thanks to our motivated and crazy gringo who turned up the music at the tour agency with which we went canyoning, everyone was ready within no time!
Canyoning was great as well! On the way to the waterfall some of us were sitting on the back of a truck which was really chévere and bumpy as well. According to everyone out of the group, the last waterfall was the best and the highest. One after another was standing on the edge of the waterfall but no one could see where it ended due to thehuge amount of water right underneath us. Our guide told us that he will count until 3 and then we should let go of the rope and just jump down into nowhere. We were of course still secured but still no one could tell what was about to happen. It was slightly comparable to bungee jumping! After jumping we were all still hanging in the rope for a little while until we had to remove ourselves from the rope and the guide would pull it up for the next person to jump. Everyone that has already jumped could see the entire event from the bottom. It was amazing to see people screaming because no one knew when and where their jump would end. Another great adventure!
We ended our trip with a nice and cosy dinner back in the centre. We had a great and fun time all together and we really bonded during this weekend! The next day it was time to return back to our little funky beach town Montañita. Good vibes and amazing weather was already waiting for us 😉
author: Helen Althoff