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“Night Chiva to volcano watch”
Review of Tungurahua

Ranked #3 of 47 things to do in Banos
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Owner description: Considered one of Ecuador’s most active volcanoes, this strato-volcano (a volcano that almost constantly emits gas and vapor) towers more than three kilometers above its northern base with a crater measuring more than 400 meters in diameter.
Cartersville, Georgia
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“Night Chiva to volcano watch”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We rode one of the colorful open buses up a mountain in the dark while club lights flashed and dance mix music blared. It was great. At the top we could not see Tungurahua because of clouds but there was food vendors, souvenirs, and a comedy fire eating show that we enjoyed immensely even though we don't speak Spanish.

Visited July 2014
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“Takes over banos valcano”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

The Tngurahua is a sight in Banos that you cannot miss. This is an active volcano but we did not see it erupt. It is called the black giant and see it magic from anywhere. You can see it anywhere whether in a shop or an outdoor resturant. I only wish that we could have seen it while erupting.

Visited July 2014
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Brockville, Canada
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“"The Black Giant"”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

No trip to Banos would be complete without an appreciation of Tungurahua, an active strato-volcano also known as the "The Black Giant". It majestically overlooks the town and dominates the landscape even directly impacting it now with its many tremors; it is also worth noting the previous 17 eruptions in past historical times and the very impact that they have had on the development of this lovely community. It is considered to be one of Ecuador's most active volcanoes and is most definitely worth a hike up or a three dollar Chiva bus tour at night!

Visited June 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Effects on Baños”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

You can't guarantee that you will see an active Tungurahua when you visit Baños. What you can see are the effects living so close to a volcano has on a town. Restaurant's named Eruption and arrows painted on roads showing the escape route are just some of the unique things in Baños. In the main church there are some fabulous paintings of former eruptions and the chaos that ensues. The best views of Tungurahua are from the road leading to Riobamba in the west of town. Look out for a couple of old lava flows beside the road.

Visited December 2013
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“Active during visit”
Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

We actually went in May 12 but had to add it . Was active and erupting while we were there we were staying at a valley village resort called potata. 70. Miles away looking right on to the erupting volcano. I have the most fantastic photos I even sent one to the national geographic as we were do close . At night we had a fantastic display but had to leave a day later as the eruptions were getting more violent but it was worth it.

Visited June 2013
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