UPDATE 04/11/2016: Thanks to Leany melly who let me know in the comments below that there is now a bus that takes you from Baños to Cuenca without requiring a bus change! Here’s the info from the original comment:
“It leaves at 8:45am from the bus terminal in banos (not sure on return journey- sorry). Its with the company transportes de amazonas. I think it cost abOut $15USD pp. we went In the morning and were able to buy tickets for that same day from their office in the bus terminal. It stopped along the way (as they all do) but we didnt have to change bus at all since it took us to Cuenca bus terminal.”
Now, on to the original post:
Before I arrived in Baños, I Googled the phrase “bus from Baños to Cuenca” numerous times. I found a few blogs that went through the process, but I’m a constant worrier and still didn’t feel too sure of the process. I’m always a little nervous about getting the right bus when there’s a bit of a language barrier, although it’s easier here than it was in Korea.
Heading to Cuenca from Baños is a popular next step for travelers. So, I’ll lay out my experience here—in the hopes that it might ease someone else’s mind.