The spa town of Banos de Agua Santa is Ecuador’s adventure capital, a bustling tourist haven perched at the foot of the breathtaking Tungurahua Volcano. Surrounded by mountains, raging rivers and over 60 waterfalls that tumble down towards the tropical lowlands, the town was originally a pilgrimage centre following a vision of the Virgin Mary. Today Banos brims with colourful bars, hostels and tour agencies and offers excellent rafting, biking and hiking in the lush hills. One of South America’s most active calderas, Volcano Tungurahua (“throat of fire”) smoulders in the distance and throws out regular fireworks displays at night. Perched at 1800m above sea-level, the town is gateway to Ecuador’s Amazon and ringed with natural hotsprings.