The Central Highlands

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  • 1. El Salado

    Hot Spring

    Baños is Spanish for "baths," and there are several thermal springs in town. The town's official name is Baños de Agua Santa (Baths of the Holy...Read More

  • 2. La Iglesia de la Virgen del Agua Santa

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In the heart of town, the twin spires of La Iglesia de la Virgen del Agua Santa rise above the tree-lined plaza. The church, whose black-and...Read More

  • 3. Museo de Arte Religioso

    Museum/Gallery

    Across the street from Parque de la Concepción, the Museo de Arte Religioso is housed in the beautifully restored Iglesia de la Concepción....Read More

  • 4. Museo Huillancuna

    Museum/Gallery

    A few blocks from the church is the small but interesting Museo Huillancuna, a museum that has exhibits about pre-Columbian ceramics, Andean...Read More

  • 5. Parque 21 de Abril

    Viewpoint

    The hill in the center of the Parque 21 de Abril affords an excellent view of the city. On clear days you'll have eye-popping views of several...Read More

  • 6. Parque de la Concepción

    Market/Bazaar

    There are good buys at the tourist-oriented Saturday market held in the Parque de la Concepción. Look for embroidered belts, hand-knit sweaters...Read More

  • 7. Parque Nacional Cotopaxi

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Folks here will tell you that Cotopaxi, at 5,897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level, is the highest active volcano in the world. Technically...Read More

  • 8. Parque Pasochoa

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Parque Pasochoa, a protected area administered by the Quito-based Fundación Natura, covers 988 acres of high Andean forest. More than 100 species...Read More

  • 9. Termas de Papallacta

    Hot Spring

    A stunning drive over the eastern range of the Andes brings you to the village of Papallacta. A mile beyond you'll find the Termas de Papallacta...Read More

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