I have an irrational fear of waterfalls and caves and I experienced both those things on my second day in Banos.
We started the day off by going to one of the hot springs in town. I let the minerals infuse with my skin and prayed to the Virgin Mary that my ailments would all disappear, as one does.
We then visited the Basillica Reina del Rosario de Agua Santa. For such a small town, this was a big and beautiful church. My favorite aspect of it were the murals that lined the walls depicting local miracles.
We took a public bus for $1.00 and took a hike to the falls. We dodged branches, crossed rivers and swatted mosquitos. Finally, I heard the roar of the waterfall and my heart began to pound out of my chest.
This place was magical. We had to crawl through a cave to get a closer look at the waterfall, which I hesitantly did in order to stay with my companions. All the while I thought of what an adventure this has been, and what more fears I need to conquer in order to get the most out of life.
I definitely recommend a trip to Banos since there is something for everyone. Whether you like soaking in a hot spring or zip lining across canyons you are bound to have a great time.