Exploring The Dark Side Of Banos, Ecuador, Through Graffiti


Not only is Banos, Ecuador, home to pristine waterfalls, active volcanoes, adventure sports and delicious candy, it also has some impressive graffiti art. What’s interesting is that while the city itself gives off an optimistic and happy vibe through its natural beauty, cozy coffee shops and locals twisting and shaping pounds of sugar cane into colorful taffy, the graffiti takes on a dark and sometimes morbid edge.

The art has a very contrasting feel, not only to the city itself, but also to the usual political graffiti you see in many places, such as in the street art in Buenos Aires. Instead, these unworldly, cartoon-like depictions will have you perplexed, disturbed and amazed at the same time.

I took these shots while walking around the main part of the city and was really impressed with the creativity. For a better idea of graffiti in Banos, check out the gallery below.

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This post was adapted from my original article on Gadling


  1. I was born in Ecuador but have lived in the U.S. practically all my life. I’ve tried to visit Ecuador about every two years and every time I go back to we spend some time in Salinas and this is the first time I see this. This is quite beautiful!!

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