Safety & Precautions
For years, the U.S. State Department has issued advisories against overnighting in Baños due to the proximity of the Tungurahua volcano. The mountain—the name is Quichua for "throat of fire"—has been in constant activity since 1999, with major eruptions in 2006 and 2008. Baños itself has not been affected, in spite of impressions painted by the international media. City authorities do have well-rehearsed evacuation plans in place just in case.
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