Best Places for Backpackers in Ecuador.

Enjoy backpacking around Ecuador without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Ecuador.

Top 50 hostels in Ecuador.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Ecuador.

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Posada del Angel

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Posada del Angel

The Posada is located old colonial house that has been completely restored and remodeled. It is situaded on the historical center of the city , where visitors will feel comfortable in a family atmosphere. La Posada del Angel offers: -22rooms (singles, doubles, triple and quadriple with p...
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Casapaxi

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Casapaxi

Casapaxi is a guesthouse situated in Quito far from the noise and pollution of the city. Here you can enjoy a security and tranquility that you will not encounter in other places We offer a beautiful house in a safe neighbourhood, with only four rooms to offer more privacy. We speak English,...
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Hosteria Airport Garden

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Hosteria Airport Garden

Hosteria Airport Garden is a comfortable hotel surrounded by nature. Here you can breathe pure air and enjoy the peace and tranquility. Our friendly staff will also make you feel at home. The property offers all comfort for an unforgettable stay in Tababela, close to Quito. Offering an indoor pool a...
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Eco Charlie Hostel

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Eco Charlie Hostel

Eco Charlie Hostel our eco-Hostel is part of a sustainable community that is relaxed, quiet, laid back and friendly. We have only 15 bed spaces As part of their booking fee, Guests are free to harvest any produce from our various gardens. Enjoy Montañita in a different way! Located in one of t...
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Mia Leticia

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Mia Leticia

Feel the warmth of an atmosphere full of history that reveals the beauty and good taste of ancient times families in downtown Quito. Mia Leticia has always been known for providing quality service and comfort, with a high professional level it is quiet, safe and welcoming. The Guesthouse is se...
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San Blas House & Suites

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San Blas House & Suites

San Blas House & Suites is located in the entrance of the old town. San Blas House & Suites is charming property set in a building with three floors and a charming classic deco in the front. San Blas is the perfect place for an unforgettable stay. San Blas House & Suites is located at the entran...
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La Casona de Mario

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La Casona de Mario

We have double rooms, twin rooms and dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms and hot water 24 hours, plus use of kitchen, lounge, WiFi, cable TV, garage, laundry, luggage storage. We distinguish ourselves from other cheap hotels in Quito by our central but quiet and safe location and our wonderful...
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Cloudforest Adventure

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Cloudforest Adventure

Cloudforest Adventure 3 chalet-style guest bedrooms with private bathroom, hot shower and organic gardens to provide 3 excellent meals per day for our guests. Farm and forest surroundings are part of the property, and freely available for our guests for walking, views, excursions etc. We are l...
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Hostal Viajeros Backpackers

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Hostal Viajeros Backpackers

The Viajeros Backpackers Hostel is a cosy family run Hostal right in the centre of Baños. We are happy to welcome long time travellers as well as families. The Hostel has a fully equipped kitchen for your own use. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property. There is also a computer at yo...
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Pacheco Farmhouse

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Pacheco Farmhouse

Our property offers homemade food from our kitchen. You will be enchanted by the nature of the Intag Valley. The Intag River flows along the boundary of our land: We have around 300 mt of beautiful riverbank for you to enjoy and discover. The stone-built house has been fully renovated with loc...
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Maracumbo Camping y Cabanas

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Maracumbo Camping y Cabanas

Maracumbo offers you a place out in the green, surrounded by many plants and birds. This place is quieter than most others in Mompiche. We offer a well-equipped communal kitchen with a fridge. A Slack-Line to improve your skills, a firepit is also on the property. The property is more than 1500 squa...
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Cabanas Intiluna

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Cabanas Intiluna

Cabanas Intiluna is a comfortable property located in the centre of Baños. For your comfort, Cabanas Intiluna is pet-friendly, has free Wi-Fi access and an onsite restaurant. The reception is open 24-hours. The property is located a few blocks from the center of Baños, overlooking the Tungurahua...
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LomaWasi

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LomaWasi

You can also choose to share the meals with the host family it have extra cost . If you want out to enjoy beautiful landscapes we are 15min Cuicocha or 30 minutes from Otavalo. Also Cotacachi is wonderfull place to relaxing it is a 10 min from our hostel. We are in a indigenous village called Tun...
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Cino Fabiani Guesthouse

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Cino Fabiani Guesthouse

Located in the most touristic area of Guayaquil, Cino Fabiani Guest House, is as every ancient edification, an space with high roofs and shiny saloons. All the house is made out of wood, surviving the cement jungle, is the only colonial part of the city, where the history and the arts melt.With and...
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Manglaralto Sunset Hostel

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Manglaralto Sunset Hostel

Premium hostel we combine the best of two worlds : the safe and tranquil setting of the Village of Manglaralto and the proximity to Montanita, ecuador`s surfers paradise with its bohemian night scene. Premium Accommodation in the most spacious and comfortable rooms in the Manglaralto / Montan...
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Hostel Coco Loco

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Hostel Coco Loco

Located right on the beach and remodelled in 2018, we have comfortable hammocks, balconies overlooking the ocean, a shared kitchen, restaurant/bar, hot water, WiFi, a fire pit, surfboard rentals, great staff and an activities desk where you can arrange fun things to do while you're here. The Coco...
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Community Hostel Alausi

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Community Hostel Alausi

Community Hostel Alausi brings you an extraordinary experience in the Ecuadorian Andes. Nestled in between the mountains and home to the famous Devils Nose train ride. We want to show you not only Alausi but the beautiful surroundings that are ready to be discovered! So join us for amazing food, gre...
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Hostal Lumaga Rural

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Hostal Lumaga Rural

Lumaga Rural in the Spondylus Route, at the entrance to the neighborhood 'El Tigrillo',is located on the edge of Montanita town and only three minutes from the beach, so guests can enjoy the tranquility of being in the countryside but only a step away from the center. Lumaga rural consists of two...
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Hostal Surf Olon

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Hostal Surf Olon

Hostal Surf Olon is a hostel located in Olon, Santa Elena in Ecuador. We provide budget accommodations, surf board rentals, tours, night time activities at our bar. Facilities: -Free Wifi -Computer Room -Full Kitchen 24/7 -BBQ Area -Fire Pit Area -Full Bar with Billiards, Foosball, TV...
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Jhomana Guesthouse

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Jhomana Guesthouse

Jhomana Guesthouse was founded in 2001 by Patrick and Natalia a Swedish/Ecuadorian couple. Jhomana offers more than just accommodation. We can e.g. help you to arrange day tours that leaves from Jhomana almost every day. If you like we can also set up weekly planning of your stay in Quito and also b...
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Casa Urbana Hostal

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Casa Urbana Hostal

Casa Urbana Hostal is a brand new hostel located in the centre of Quito. Perfect place to enjoy the richness of Quito....
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Zumag Sisa

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Zumag Sisa

Our hostel has a large, breezy chill-out area on our terrace with hammocks and beautiful views over the city and the mountains in the distance. We offer spacious single and double rooms and dorms, all with private bathrooms and fans. We have a spacious kitchen, a barbecue area, two dining rooms, Wi...
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Hostal Casa Amarilla City

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Hostal Casa Amarilla City

The house was built in 2016 in a rustic style and is situated in the center of Baños. The rooms (each with private bathroom) are on the first floor. On the second floor is a terrace with tables and chairs. It is possible to cook your own meal in the kitchen on the first floor. In front of the house...
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Hotel Europa Alausí

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Hotel Europa Alausí

The hotel was built approximately 50 years ago; in 2005 it was remodelled and restored to ensure a complete comfort to our guests, respecting the building’s at the same time in a original style surrounded by a nice environment. Stay at Hotel Europa and you will enjoy personalised and thoughtful hosp...
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Hostal Fevilamir

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Hostal Fevilamir

Fevilamir welcomes you! Hostal Fevilamir is an ideal place for those who looking for a relaxing stay in the White City of Ibarra the province Imbabura. The city is surrounded by lakes and breath-taking and stunning scenery in the heart of the Andes. We invite you to stay in our Hostel Fevilamir, hop...
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Masaya Hostel Quito

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Masaya Hostel Quito

You can now enjoy the perfect hostel experience while on the Andean Capital. Sit back and enjoy the unique Masaya hospitality while soaking up the sun and the volcanoes surrounding Quito! Masaya hostel is passionate about Ecuador and travel; our aim is to give you the opportunity to dive in the l...
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Hostería The Mud house

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Hostería The Mud house

With a unique and warm atmosphere, this lush, tropical oasis is an ideal choice for your lodging in Mompiche. Just a three minute walk from the ocean, sleep peacefully in our clean, comfortable vacation bungalows and awaken refreshed to the sweet song of birds that emanates from the bordering mangr...
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Casa Carpedm

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Casa Carpedm

Awarded HOSTELWORLD 2018 1st, Country Winners Ecuador, 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award. A quiet alternative guesthouse for those looking to re-boot, re-energize and re-charge. Carpedm Adventures was founded in 2007 and has been successful offering programs such as Galapagos, Amazon and Qui...
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Princesa Maria

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Princesa Maria

Princesa Maria is a hostel with spacious rooms each of them has private restooms (toilets), and strong hot showers 24/7, it is managed by a fammily that will do their best to help you to enjoy your stay in Banos-Tungurahua. We are not a party hostel, so this means, that we have the perfect spot f...
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Dawn

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Dawn's Lodge

JUMBO LODGING THE ORGANIC FARM is located on IMBABURA PROVINCE -INTAG AREA AND now is ready to welcome you! specially the lovers of Nature: WATERFALL HIKING- RIDING HORSES- BIRD WATCHING: cocks of the rock and OIL birds- HOT SPRINGS WATER- BEAR AND MONKEYS- NICE RIVERS FOR SWIMMING - CHOCOLATE AND...
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El Patio Hostel Quito

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El Patio Hostel Quito

El Patio Hostel has beautifully furnished suites but also have shared rooms with solid wood beds, new mattresses, best-quality linens, free towels and big storage lockers. The hostel offers free wifi, tidy bathrooms with hot water, fully equipped kitchen, offering our guests a great value.This beaut...
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Guesthouse Mindo

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Guesthouse Mindo

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Community Hostel

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Community Hostel

Would you like to meet people? That is what we are best at! Centered around our large communal table and daily activities, from Salsa nights out on the town, movie nights, to the one and only Pub Crawl Quito, this is the place to link up with other travelers (scroll down and view our full list of we...
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La Cigale

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La Cigale

La Cigale (The Cicada) is the symbol of the south of France. It represents welcome and good fortune. And this is what we do best by inviting all ages and nationalities to our beautifully restored colonial house located in the heart of Cuenca's UNESCO World Heritage Listing. We provide attractive...
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Hostal Gosen

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Hostal Gosen

.This accommodation is 1 minute walk from the beach. Hostal Gosén is located on the island of San Cristóbal, 5 minutes' walk from Punta Carola Beach, ideal for surfing. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The rooms have a private bathroom with shower and air conditioning. Hostal Gosén has a 24-ho...
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Hostal Casa Aida

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Hostal Casa Aida

Are you looking for a home away from home in Ecuador? Well that is exactly what you will find at this picturesque, family run hostel in the heart of the Andes! Whether you are interested in relaxing by the fire, enjoying the scenery from a hammock on the porch, or hearing the rich history of this...
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Hosteria Isramar

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Hosteria Isramar

Hosteria Isramar is ideally located in Olon, facing the ocean for stunning views over the ocean. Hosteria Isramar in Olon offers to you a complete service for unforgettable stay in the beautiful town of Olon. There is a social area, with its rustic wooden benches, colourful garden and comfortable ha...
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Hump Day Hostel

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Hump Day Hostel

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Cedros Inn Hotel Boutique

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Cedros Inn Hotel Boutique

The front of the hotel has an old colonial design and on the inner side, it highlights wood details, which make it feels a comfortable and cozy ambiance giving our guests a home feeling. Due to its strategical location, design and service; Cedros Inn is the perfect place to stay, whether your motiva...
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Papucho´s Guest House

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Papucho´s Guest House

Papucho's Guest House Guests offers comfortable rooms and suites, include private or shared bathroom. Our service include continental breakfast, free wifi and laundry service. Papucho's Guest House is located in El Batán a residential area in the North of Quito. In the Guanguitagua street you ca...
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Hostel Revolution

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Hostel Revolution

Welcome! Bienvenidos to Hostel Revolution - a friendly, small, chilled Backpacker hostel in the historical part of Quito. Our hostel was created by Backpackers for Backpackers and provides an excellent base for travellers who would prefer to stay in the Old Centre of Quito. The La Mariscal area (...
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La Gondola Hostal

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La Gondola Hostal

We are a beach-front resort in Montanita beach. We have rooms and bungalows with hot water private bathrooms, WiFi connection, private beach access, security cameras the 24 hour, parking and kitchen available for customers. Our hotel has large green common areas, gardens. La Gondola is located i...
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Biohostal Mindo Cloud Forest

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Biohostal Mindo Cloud Forest

Biohostal Birdwatching Center, 'the best place to rest in Mindo' with 14 comfortable rooms each with private bathroom & hot water. Cap. Max. 40 People) We have gardens, a parking place and great food. Activities: Birdwatching, Orchids, Butterflies, Eco routs trekking, Waterfalls, Zip Lining, Biki...
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Villa64

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Villa64

Villa64 is a Typical house located in the center of the city. Two blocks from 'Malecón del Salado' and next to 9 de Octubre street. Villa64 is 5 km from the airport, maximum 15 minutes with traffic. Villa64 has a privileged location as it is not noisy ans you will be able to have a good night slee...
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Hostal Kundalini

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Hostal Kundalini

Hotel Kundalini is recognized by its privileged location and its beautiful gardens. The hostel is located just 1 step form the beach, close enough to the village to go walking, but far enough to not hear the noise of the party in the evening. The location of Kundalini will be the key to your rest....
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Esperanto Hostel

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Esperanto Hostel

Esperanto is one of the newest independently owned hostels in Montanita. We opened our doors in 2011. The Hostel is strategically located in a quiet, safe neighborhood, close to the town's main strip and just a few meters from the ocean. Of course with a beautiful view of the beach and the sea from...
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Sapa Inka Hostel

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Sapa Inka Hostel

Sapa Inka Hostel is one of the REAL SURFER HOSTELS in Montañita. We offer you different kind of levels.(begginers- intermediate- advance) so no matter where you are we are going to help you to improve your surfing. Located just in front of the best part of the beach and just minutes from the surf p...
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El Andariego Otavalo

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El Andariego Otavalo

The Andariego offers accommodation with free WiFi in all facilities. Private parking is available, with comfortable rooms with single and double beds and a kitchen for guests to use. The establishment also has a 24-hour reception. Breakfast is not served. The Andariego has an excellent location...
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Posada Gran Colombia

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Posada Gran Colombia

A 24-hour front desk can be found at Posada Gran Colombia. A complimentary continental breakfast and free WiFi access are available at Posada Gran Colombia Located in the historic city centre of Cuenca, this guest house is a short 5-minute walk from Abdon Calderon Park.Gran Colombia and Hermano M...
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Hostal Hogar Cuencano

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Hostal Hogar Cuencano

We welcome travelers from all over the world. We speak fluent English and Spanish. We're a few steps from the corner of Calle Hermano Miguel and Calle Larga where you can find many great restaurants and bars in the area. We have a full kitchen, free wifi, an inexpensive, on-site laudry service, no c...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Ecuador.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Ecuador.

If you're already planning to visit Ecuador - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

THE PERFECT ONE-DAY TRIP TO THE VALLEY OF LONGEVITY, VILCABAMBA

After a 45-minute car ride from Loja, a rainy, but also very beautiful city in the south region of Ecuador, we arrived to the main street of Vilcabamba; which in Quichua, the Inca civilization’s language, means “sacred valley”. The town is known as the valley of longevity because its river contains magnesium and iron and it is considered the fountain of eternal life. According to the legend, the river is the reason behind the high number of elderly population living there, some of them live up to 120 years, but today there are more foreign people than locals. However, I think this is one of the reasons that makes it so special, the mixture of cultures and languages, ??and the incredibly delicious food from all over the world you will find walking around its streets.

Alisson Escobar

Ecuador: Top 6 Things To Do in Quito

Quito is the capital of Ecuador, located on the equator in South America. Imagine standing on the world’s highest point of the equato! Quito is 2,850 meters (9,350 ft) above sea level. This city has a lot to give, everything from UNESCO heritage sites to colorful textile markets.

Vibeke Johannessen

Welcome to Quito - The place where the GPS marks 0,0,0

I live in Quito the capital city of Ecuador.  Quito is located at 2800 m above the sea level (don’t worry you won’t have problems with height if you come here) is a really beautiful city with a lot of history, traditions and culture.

Sebastian Castillo

Welcome to Tena

The smoky scent of meat barbecuing filled my nose, and I knew I was getting close. I could feel the warm, humid air curling into the windows of the bus as it meandered down the road, shifting from side to side as it hugged the curves. Outside the windows of the bus, I could see chickens pecking lazily amid banana trees and haphazardly constructed wooden houses. Every so often, we would pass a woman hanging clothes out over wooden slats to dry, or children laughing and playing with family dogs among the broad-leafed trees, or a group of men sitting on upturned buckets sharing a big bottle of Pilsener beer. Everything was green. Everything was alive. I wondered how many times I had been on this bus, taken this exact route, passed these same houses. It had to have been at least 50 times. Still, each time I left Banos, where I lived, and entered first the Pastaza and later the Napo regions of the Ecuadorian Amazon en route to Tena, Napo’s biggest city, I was filled with the same indescribable feeling. In Tena, I always had the feeling that life was happening at an accelerated pace, while simultaneously moving unbelievably slowly.

Lucy Lundstrom

Backpacking through Islands:The Galapagos Islands

Nestled over 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a dream vacation for many people around the world. But that is as much as it will ever be, a dream. The white sandy beaches and aqua blue waters come at a cost. Not only do the plane tickets to get there cost a fortune, once you get there tours are expensive as well. Unless you have an extra $15,000 lying around this trip seems out of reach.

Courtney McNiff

Pure Adrenalin - Extreme Sports Highlights Ecuador

Every friday, before starting a new adventure around the incredible country of Ecuador, I enthuastically tell my mom about my great weekend plans. Every friday, she asks me why I put myself in so much danger, if I am addicted to fear and who I have to prove something. The fact that she cannot understand my wanderlust makes me sad, but still it is me who is in charge of my life and once I have decided to do something, I cannot wait to fulfill that mission. And nobody – not even my mom – can change anything about my desires.

Josy Frotton

Find magic in the Andes of Ecuador

Flying into Quito is a magical experience –the fog, low-hanging in a valley surrounded by Andes mountains, is lit up by the moon and the city’s many lights.  If you’re visiting Ecuador, the magic doesn’t stop here – it’s a beautifully diverse country that just has a special feel about it. Walking to baggage claim or heading from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to Quito’s city center, you may notice signs or billboards with the country’s tourism slogan: “All You Need is Ecuador.” This phrase boasts the small country’s inherent super diversity; they say it’s like four worlds in one – the Sierra (the mid-range of the country, strung together by the Andes mountains and high volcanoes), the Coast (beach and fishing towns and coastal life), the Amazon (deep, untouched primary jungle with rivers, tall trees, birds and bees), and the Galapagos Islands (often regarded as one of the world’s top destinations to visit, a conglomeration of islands with innumerable species of flora and fauna).

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Horseback Riding in the Mountains! - Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to the very first “Chasing Ecuador” blog post! This is only but the first steps into my endless journey of experiences and adventure. Hopefully, through this blog and the many more to come, I can help you to start a chase of your own. It is my goal in fact, that one day you to can step onto this wonderful land called Ecuador and, with my tips and advice, be able to smoothly experience the adventures it has to offer. Now, I’d like to take the time to thank everyone who is reading and has subscribed to my blog. Whether you are family, a friend, or just a fellow traveler. A big THANK YOU from the deepest part of my heart is due to all of you. So then, without further ado, lets continue with the good stuff… in case you are wondering what that is. It rhymes with, uhhh, “Remorse smack… fighting??”….. Okay that was bad. I was pointing to “horseback riding”. Anyways, lets get to it!

Abel Rendon

Mashpi Area of Conservation - Ecuador

What about to spend time in nature? eating fresh food? watching the unique birds species in the world? learn about the process of cacao into chocolate? spend time on a farm doing volunteer work? sharing and learning new things with the local community? or maybe just go to the must luxurious lodge located in the deep of the cloud forests of Ecuadorian Chocó? Yes! All these activities in one place, unbelievable right?

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Cheap trips: Quito with low costs

Quito is very rich in culture and things to discover since Ecuador is a country that is very connected to its native Quichua customs and historical places. You will certainly find all sorts of tours, from gastronomic to adventure ones.

Giovanna Clapis

Peguche Waterfall, the perfect place to experience the Inti Raymi ritual

Peguche Waterfall is one of the main tourist attractions in the Otavalo area and undoubtedly one of the treasures proudly held by Ecuador. Even though a small country, Ecuador has what it takes to make you include it on your must visit countries list. Located in the Imbabura region, the waterfall is one of the top attractions of the region. In order to reach the waterfall, first you have to go to Otavalo, which is a very beautiful indigenous little town, surrounded by the peaks of 3 amazing volcanoes: Imbabura, Cotacachi and Mojanda. The best day for going to Otavalo is definitely Saturday, when you get the chance to witness a proper indigenous market which delights your eyes through the items they sell such as traditional clothes, handmade blankets, gem stones, leather goods and many many more. I got there last Saturday with a friend from the US and I was absolutely astonished by the beauty of this place. Not only the things they sell are astonishingly beautiful but the people who sell them and the stories behind are even more beautiful than the products itself. If you get tired of too much shopping and talking to the local people, there are many coffee places around where you can rest for a while.La Cosecha is one of them, a very charming coffee place where you can taste some really amazing smoothies or try the local ‘sanduche con queso’.

Ralou Babiss

Day Trips in Quito, Ecuador

If you’re anything like the traveller that I am, a few days in a big city will have you feeling a little restless. After spending 3 days in Quito, Ecuador I began to wonder what was happening in, around, and behind the mountains that surround the capital city. So I ventured out to explore what else goes on in everyday Ecuador. What I came to find was that you can learn a lot about the Ecuadorian people and their land by hopping on a bus for a few hours and getting outside the city. In Quito there are countless options for tours as well as overnight trips to surrounding areas (which I would highly recommend as well) but these ones are the ones that are very easy to do on your own.

Mary Govoni

Top 10 things to do in toilets AKA Baños, Ecuador

Baños, named after its thermal baths (but often confused with “toilets”), is about four hours by bus from Quito in Ecuador and a super fun town. It’s hard for me to pinpoint a highlight from my time here, and some of it probably shouldn’t be shared (hi, Mum). I dove off a 100m bridge, jumped backwards off a waterfall, got myself steamed in a wooden box and at one point there was even wrestling.

Lyndal Wilson

When in doubt, go to Ecuador: Galápagos

By the time I made it to Ecuador in April 2016, I had already been travelling for over half a year. So as you can imagine, the question what has been your favorite place so far popped up on a regular basis. Up until that time I could never really pick a favorite. I mean I absolutely loved Patagonia, the Iguazú falls were simply amazing, the trip to the Uyuni saltflats left me speechless and Machu Picchu impressed me more than I though it would. But I couldn’t come up with an answer about where my favorite place had been. That changed immediately when I returned to Quito after almost two weeks in the Galápagos. The time I spent out in the Pacific completely blew my socks off and it will probably always be my favorite place in the world. So whenever people ask me whether it’s worth spending all this money on seeing a few turtoises, I tell them to do everything in their power to make the trip happen. But what was it that made me love it so much?

seraina-zellweger

Ecuador: Experience South America

Ecuador’s incredible diversity If you want to experience South America saving time and money, Ecuador is the place for you. Ecuador is a country located in the mid-center of the Earth, right on the equator line, between Colombia and Peru. Something I find very interesting is that despite its very small size it is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world where food, climate, animal life and landscapes can drastically change from one region to the other. Ecuador also uses American currency (US dollars) but the expenses are much cheaper than they would be in Europe or North America. Ecuador is divided in 4 regions: The rainforest, coast, highlands and the well-known Galapagos Islands. These regions are an average of only 5 hours away from each other and have their own weather, local staple dishes and culture.  Read for yourself why Ecuador is the very best option to start experiencing South America.

María José Mera Washburn

Life in Quito Ecuador

At the beginning of this year, I traveled to Quito, Ecuador and studied Spanish for three months. Living with a host family and taking classes each day. Life in Quito was definitely not what I expected, but I loved living there.

Heather Reynolds

THE PERFECT ONE-DAY TRIP TO THE VALLEY OF LONGEVITY, VILCABAMBA

After a 45-minute car ride from Loja, a rainy, but also very beautiful city in the south region of Ecuador, we arrived to the main street of Vilcabamba; which in Quichua, the Inca civilization’s language, means “sacred valley”. The town is known as the valley of longevity because its river contains magnesium and iron and it is considered the fountain of eternal life. According to the legend, the river is the reason behind the high number of elderly population living there, some of them live up to 120 years, but today there are more foreign people than locals. However, I think this is one of the reasons that makes it so special, the mixture of cultures and languages, ??and the incredibly delicious food from all over the world you will find walking around its streets.

Alisson Escobar

Hiking Cotopaxi: Broke Backpacker Edition

Whether you’re in mainland Ecuador for a number of weeks or only for a few days on a stopover to the Galapagos Islands, it is likely that you will look at visiting the Cotopaxi Volcano. Standing at 5897m, it is one of the world’s tallest volcanoes.

Maria Lebedeva

Baños, Ecuador: A natural paradise for relax and adventure

Baños de Agua Santa is a town in Ecuador known for its wonderful landscapes and several adventure possibilities and as a place to seek inner peace and relaxation. Its name, translated as “Baths of Sacred Water”, came from the several hot springs situated around the town. It is located in a valley at the base of the currently active, Tungurahua Volcano and around 4 hours by bus from Ecuador’s capital: Quito. The town is know as the adventure capital of Ecuador, because it is the perfect place to practice outdoor activities such as: Kayaking, Rafting, Canyoning, Rock Climbing, Trekking, Biking, Bungee Jumping, and so much more.  Here you will find some of the most important activities to do in your next visit to Baños.

giovanna-milanesi

Ecuador: A Culinary Tour

Ever since I left Ecuador for college, I have been asked this question many times: what do you miss most about your country?

Karolina Sotomayor

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