Sketchy cable car crossing deep canyon in Banos, Ecuador
Located in central Ecuador, the town of Banos attracts tourists from all over the world for its hot baths and gateway to the lush Amazon Rainforest. The name “Banos” translates to “bathroom” or “bath” in Spanish, which is how the town got its name (so we’re told anyways).
A popular activity is to rent mountain bikes and cruise through the mountains, passing through small villages while riding alongside deep river canyons. There are several waterfalls on the journey, one of which is in the photo.
As we stopped to soak in our surroundings we noticed this yellow cable car sliding across the canyon. As it got closer, we realized that it was filled with people. Our curiousity kicked in.
When we checked out where to board this sketchy cable car we noticed that the cable car was powered by an engine that resembled an old rusty lawn mower. Realizing that it probably wasn’t the safest way to travel across the canyon, we elected to hike down to the river and cross by the bridge instead.