After returning from the Galapagos islands we started driving south from Quito toward the border with Peru, making a longer stop in Banos, a hot mineral water town. For all you hot springs connoisseurs, this place can be passed over if pres...sed for time without remorse. It is big on tourists and small on hot springs. Most of Ecuador impressed us as much as Colombia. I travel feeling guilty that I don't have enough time to see even a small percentage of what I'd like.