Visit Baños de Agua Santa in the province of Tungurahua in Ecuador and enjoy a paradisiacal city where you can perform a wide variety of activities that include: hydrotherapy in thermal waters, sports adventure, religious tourism, visit to waterfalls, museums, zoos , etc. You can arrive by bus traveling approximately one hour from the city of Ambato and three from the terminal in the South of Quito.
Also called the "Puerta del Oriente" because the Ecuadorian Amazon region begins there, the tourist city of Baños takes its name from the advantage it brings to the outbreak of ferruginous thermal waters. City established at the foot of the Mama Tungurahua (active volcano) is surrounded by beautiful mountains, rivers and waterfalls.
A city famous for its religious tourism, Baños has a sanctuary dedicated to "Our Lady of the Rosary of Holy Water" which is visited weekly by numerous pilgrims, from all over Ecuador and other countries. The celebrations of the Virgin are celebrated from October 7 until the end of the month but the biggest and busiest party in Baños is on Carnival Sunday.
The construction of the current basilica was started by the Flemish Dominican Father Tomás Cornelio Halflants at the end of the 19th century and completed in 1929. The temple is of moderate Gothic style built with black and reddish volcanic stone from the surroundings. The towers, of a lower height than initially projected, were completed in 1929.
The internal decoration of the Sanctuary is due to the efforts of Fr. Sebastián Acosta, OP, Pastor from 1938 to 1948. The entire complex, sanctuary and convent, was blessed and inaugurated in 1944. The pictorial work in its entirety is due to the brother Enrique Mideros, OP, carried out between 1938 and 1944.
The temple internally maintains a unity of style and is really beautiful and cozy. What most attracts the attention of visitors are the murals that collect miracles of the Virgin of Holy Water, mainly those related to important eruptions of the Tungurahua volcano over the last four hundred years, of whose disastrous consequences the population was preserved thanks to the intercession and special protection of the Virgin.
The Sanctuary is the most important historical, cultural and artistic center of the city of Baños and was declared Cultural Heritage of Ecuador in 1997.