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Banos Mineral Springs and Spa in Cuenca Ecuador Updated 2018

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Banos literally translates as bathroom and can also mean mineral baths or hot baths. There is a Banos in Quito Ecuador too.

Banos Mineral Springs and Spa in Cuenca Ecuador

 On the outskirts of Cuenca, about a 15 minute bus ride from Coral Centro on Las Americas, is a quaint little town called Banos. There are actually two towns in Ecuador called Banos, the other Banos is near Quito Ecuador and quite picturesque.
A couple of weeks ago we rode the bus to these mineral springs to check it out for ourselves. Banos is right below a mountain where natural warm mineral water flows into the valley. The people of this quiet little town took advantage of this natural resource and created three different mineral spring parks where one can go and bathe in the mineral pools.  

Two of these mineral baths are geared for families with small children and there were quite a few small children playing in these pools. There is no chemicals in these pools, you know like chlorine, and well, all the little kiddies in the warm pool just didn't make for going into these mineral pools very tempting, if you know what we mean. But keep reading because there is a bath geared just for adults.

NOTE: Prices for admission into the mineral baths are subject to change and in fact with the advent of gringo inflation you could easily tack on 20% price hike to these prices.

Family mineral baths $6 to $8 for whole day 

 Mineral Baths and Massage Therapy - Piedra De Agua

 Admission into the Piedra De Agua was $10 for the whole day.

These mineral baths and springs are for adults only!

Bathing in the natural mineral spring water is very good for your health and bathing in these natural pools are good for joint pain, arthritis, and other physical ailments. 

Mineral springs are made up of rock formations in the mountains and have minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, iron, manganese, sulfur, iodine, and bromine. The exact minerals and trace elements of the water varies from spring to spring, and many spas post the exact minerals in the water.  Different waters are considered beneficial for different ailments. 

Massage Therapy and Clay Facial Mask

These mineral baths also have massage and clay facial masks so if you spend the day here, you might want to go for the gusto and have it all done. Expats have reported to us that going to these mineral baths a couple times a week has helped their knee joint and back pain.


  1. Looks great. We're going to try the kid-free pools asap!

  2. I was there in June 2014. It is great place. I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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