Geotours: Taking My Adventure Virginity in Banos, Ecuador

Canyoning in Banos, Ecuador

I was that little girl.

Canyoning in Banos, EcuadorYou know, the one who asked a million questions. The one who challenged social norms. The one who couldn’t for the life of her, understand why the boys in her church group got to go whitewater rafting and rappelling while the girls had to stay put and make quilts for the homeless. I understand the charity aspect of it, and quilting is a good skill to have, but good lord, seriously?

I swear I’m not bitter.

I finally got to live out my dreams of being Adventure Girl in Banos, Ecuador with GeoTours, one of the premier, if not most popular tour companies in town. We were going rappelling/canyoning that day and I was more than stoked. Our guides for the day: the sarcastic and hilarious Tomas along with his trusty rappelling gear guru and porter, Jose. These guys honestly made the experience. They were freaking hilarious, knowledgeable, and downright fun.

As with all the water tours in Banos, we put on our full body wet suits. We’re still in the Andes and while it can be warm when the sun is out, the water pumping out of these mountains are freaking COLD. Like, nipples can cut glass cold. Not to mention, how can you not look super glamorous when walking around in all this gear? Seriously though, I felt like I was a fashion nightmare (not that I look great in old ratty backpacker clothes).

Canyoning in Banos, Ecuador

Next step: Go up.

Somehow I forgot about this concept. To come down you must go up. If anyone saw our video on the Santa Maria volcano, you know that I’m not a fan of this, even if I am in much better shape than 6 months ago. As much as I complain, I was giving serious props to Jose. He had to carry all the clips, rope, and all the heavy stuff. While I was wheezing and puffing, he was passing me at lightning speeds.

Canyoning in Banos, Ecuador

Walking up the mountain to go canyoning.

After a brief explanation and a small test to show that we are able to rappel down the waterfalls without falling to our deaths, we geared up to conquer our first one.

And you know what? I freaking rocked that thing. No fear. All into it. I win waterfall. I win. No fear of heights coming out to play today!

Canyoning in Banos, Ecuador

Look at me GO!

Shaun even gave me a standing ovation as I hopped down a flat wall like I had been rappelling for years.

A few brief tips on canyoning/rappelling:

  1. Don’t look down. I did that on our last waterfall that was 25m/80ft tall. Big mistake.
  2. Ask for gloves or expect your hands to be a bit roughed up.
  3. Remember that a lot of people have done it before you and came out fine.
  4. Enjoy every moment. I sure as hell did.
Rappelling in Ecuador

Don’t look down! This is what you see!

The guys over at Geotours were super fun and if you’re looking for adventure, I highly suggest checking them out. Just beware of Tomas… he is a little joker. We had to tackle him at the end due to his small (and safe) pranks he pulled on us.

Rappelling in Banos, Ecuador

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Disclosure: We did receive a complimentary canyoning tour from GeoTours, however, all opinions are our own and for something so “extreme” I would never give a good review for a shady company. These guys are freaking amazing.
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12 Responses to “Geotours: Taking My Adventure Virginity in Banos, Ecuador”

  1. Laurence
    February 1, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    Wow, that looks incredible fun :) I’m not a big fan of heights either, but I do always have a strange urge to stand next to the edge of huge drops. And I love getting wet / climbing stuff. So this would be the perfect adventure for me :D

    • Erica
      February 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      @Laurence: I have CRAZY vertigo when I approach a cliff and when I looked over it went nuts. It is weird though. I have a crazy fear of heights but when I’m strapped into harnesses I feel like superwoman! The water DEFINITELY added a whole new experience.

  2. DTravelsRound
    February 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    So, I’ve had some … missteps in my adventure experiences, but this seems like something I would really like to do. Except the going up part. :)

    • Erica
      February 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      @D: The going up SUUUUUUUUUCKS. But what can I expect? An escalator to the top of the waterfall? :)

  3. Amanda
    February 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    I’ve never been rappelling, but it’s something I’d like to do someday! Definitely looks like a rush!

    • Erica
      February 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

      @Amanda: I think I liked the rafting a bit more but this was still a blast. I don’t regret it at all… and I still can’t believe I just DID it without worrying!

  4. Greg Norte
    February 4, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    See you got to get a diving wetsuit dude. Then you look all X-manish…

    X-Womanish?

    You still call a female X-Man an “X-Man” right? it’s like “dude”, a gender neutral term?

    • Erica
      February 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

      @Greg: Dude, the freaking water is COLD. Like, nipples can cut glass cold. I’m not sure I could have done that without the wetsuit… or gotten pneumonia. I think X-Man is “gender neutral”.

  5. Ali
    February 12, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    Wow, totally not my thing, I’m not the extreme adventure type except for the one time I went skydiving. Looks awesome though, glad you had a good time!

    • Erica
      February 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      @Ali: It had been a long time coming for sure. I think it is that I wish I was an adventure type so I do these things? I don’t know lol. I enjoy some of them for sure.

  6. Fiona
    September 24, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    I went canyoning and swing jumping with Geotours when I was in Banos also. We then went out partying with the guys. So much fun

    • Erica
      September 25, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Those guys crack me UP! It sounds like you had a blast!

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