International Living now touting Baños Ecuador as living option for expats

Posted on November 14, 2014 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Travel reported/ The town’s full name is Baños de Agua Santa: the holy water Baths. (And note, Baños does not mean “bathrooms.” It means “baths,” like the kind you soak luxuriantly in.) The name gives tribute not to Mama, of course, but rather to the town’s other famous patron, the Virgin Mary.

Nuestra Señora de Agua Santa–our Lady of the holy water–is said to have appeared at nearby waterfalls from time to time, and it’s believed she protects those who invoke her name during times of crisis. “Our lady watches over us,” a local man said in a television interview, speaking of the Virgin after Mama’s most recent pyroclastic fit.

The neo-Gothic Basilica Reina Del Rosario De Agua Santa–built to honor the Virgin–is a local pilgrimage site, and is decorated with graphic artwork of the many miracles she’s credited with. Appropriately enough, the Basilica, which sits in the heart of Baños, is constructed of volcanic rock from Tungurahua. Read Article


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