Ecuador Travel Guides for Backpackers

What To Do In Baños De Agua Santa, Ecuador

If you love adventures, life outdoors, extreme sports, thermal waters and nature, this is a must-go place for you. Located at the foot of Tungurahua volcano in the Tungurahua Province, Baños de Agua Santa will enchant you form the very first moment with its breathtaking scenery of waterfalls, mountains and beautiful skies. This city is an important tourism center for Ecuador and it’s also known as “Little Piece of Heaven”, not only because it’s located at 1800 meters above sea level but also because of the natural beauty of the landscape which attracts thousands of tourists every year. I had the […]
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What to do in Quito if you only have 2 days?

Many travelers that come to Quito are actually visiting Ecuador, so they stay just a few days in the capital. Here’s a guide of what you can do and see in Quito if you only have 2 days. Quito is a lovely city in the middle of the Earth, yes, the Equatorial line cross the city, so is a special place. It is full of culture and art, you can find a different kind of activities for any taste. Because of its location, the weather has no extremes, so you can travel any time of the year and it will […]
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Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos – The full experience for less

A $30 ferry ticket, a 2 hour boat ride, and 1 seasickness pill later, and we had arrived at the port of Isla San Cristobal in Ecuador’s Galapagos. After spending 6 days on a ship, cruising through the western loop, I was skeptical about our land-based excursion. We had already witnessed mountains of endemic Marine Iguanas, swam with some of the islands’ most exciting inhabitants (sea lions, sea turtles, and white tipped reef sharks, to name a few), and beheld the archipelago’s wonderfully strange, volcanic landscapes. I couldn’t imagine what else San Cristobal could have to offer, and was reluctant […]
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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? Even though it’s a hard question to answer, I always say what I miss the most is the food. Ecuador has four regions: the Amazon, the highlands, the coast and the Galapagos islands. Each region has its own variety of traditional dishes with variations in the north and south. It is hard to pick which one is my favorite, which is why for your next trip to Ecuador, I want to give you a rundown of a […]
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Cheap trips: Quito with low costs

So in 2017 I was working and living in Quito on a minimum wage, and let me tell you, that’s not an easy thing to do. But if I wanted to have fun and tour around a little, I had to learn how to manage everything with as little money as possible – and that, my friends, is when you learn some tricks. 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 […]
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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 […]
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A Beautiful Paradise: The Galapagos Islands

A few years ago I was lucky enough to spend two weeks in this beautiful place. I have always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands, so I took the first chance I found and I am so glad I did! Even though I went on a short budget, I enjoyed every second. If you love being surrounded by nature and encounter wild animals all around, you should definitely go there! The Galapagos Islands and their surrounding waters form the second largest Marine Reserve in the world and are also a whale sanctuary, which means that every marine habitat and the […]
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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 […]
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5 reasons to visit Quito

Why do you need to visit Quito? There are many answers to explain why Quito was considered one of the Best Trips in 2013, according to the prestigious magazine Traveler (National Geographic), and currently, one of the leading destinations in South America on the popular website Trip Advisor. Quito has a lot of attractions to offer and many reasons why you must consider Quito for your next trip. Proud to be from Quito, the five reasons I consider the most important are the following: IT’S IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD Apart from being in the Equator, Quito is located at 2850m […]
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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. Cotopaxi is famous for two reasons: Cotopaxi has an almost perfect conical shape, which makes it a photo-perfect volcano, as well as quite an easy hike (considering the altitude). Its proximity to Quito. It’s only about 50km South of the capital, which means that a day trip is a very realistic option even for […]
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Tena, Ecuador: Experience Life in the Amazon

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 […]
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Pure Adrenalin – Extreme Sports Highlights Ecuador

Take the risk or lose the chance 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 […]
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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? So, now we can understand why Ecuador is always telling us in its tourism campaign “Like nowhere else, all in one place and so close”. Mashpi Reserve This […]
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Life in Quito Ecuador

Loving Quito 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. Overview of Quito This city, which lies in the heart of the country, is the capital of Ecuador. Because the city is only about forty kilometers long and around eight wide, it is easy to navigate. The main areas of Quito lie along calle seis de Diciembre (street sixth of December) which can be traveled by taxi or […]
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A roadtrip along Ecuador's coast

Despite its small size relative to its neighbouring countries, Ecuador is incredibly rich and biodiverse. It has three distinct climate regions: the lush rainforest to the west, the magnificent Andean highlands, and its Pacific coastline with almost uninterrupted beaches. It is precisely these beaches what attract professional and beginner surfers alike. I had the opportunity to see what its waves were like for myself, and I did so by driving Ecuador's coast completely from north to south. From hidden, low-key Ayampe to the lively, tourist-packed Montañita, one is sure to find their niche– and not want to leave it– in […]
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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. Here are my top 10 things to do: 1. Go “puenting” – AKA jump off a bloody bridge Since leaving Baños I have met a tonne of people headed […]
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Horseback Riding in the Mountains! – Quito, Ecuador

My buddy (Elliot) and I 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 […]
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Peguche Waterfall, the perfect place to experience the Inti Raymi ritual

About 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 […]
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4,696m (15406 ft) Above Sea – Rucu Pichincha, Ecuador

Before reading, if you don't like sweating, getting a little dirty, and a little adventure, this article is not for you. The city of Quito, at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level, lies beneath an active volcano called Pichincha. The two highest peaks of the mountain are Guagua Pichincha and Rucu Pichincha. Both peaks have become common touristic attractions for those who seek some adventure into conquering an active volcano. For me, it was Rucu Pichincha (4,698 metres (15,413 ft)). What is the best route to get to Rucu Pichincha The easiest (and safest) way to start the hike is […]
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Welcome to Quito – The place where the GPS marks 0,0,0

Visiting the place where the GPS marks 0,0,0 For my first  article I want to talk about the place where the GPS marks 0,0,0. Also the place where I live and my hometown. 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. The first registers of Quito are known because of the Quitu tribe. We only have records about it thanks to Juan de Velasco […]
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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 – […]
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Laguna Cuicocha: Ecuador adventure

America, but south Living in South America never ceases to amaze me. Every day I wake up in awe that I get to live in the middle of the world, in Quito, Ecuador. This culture, the people, the scenery, the language; they have all captivated my heart. At 19, I never would have dreamed that my life would look like this. I wake up every morning, roll over in bed and outside my window I gaze over the city of Cumbaya and the circle of mountains that surrounds it. I lay there in wonder, thinking about this crazy beautiful life […]
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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, […]
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THE PERFECT ONE-DAY TRIP TO THE VALLEY OF LONGEVITY, VILCABAMBA

It is Sunday and I have tons of assignments to do in law school, but my mother always insists on doing something together on weekends. I was reluctant about the thought of leaving my homework undone, but the truth was I needed some fresh air. Therefore, my parents and I decided to go on a quick day trip to Vilcabamba, a small town founded back in the mid XV century in a warm green valley lost between big mountains… Yeah, it is our little paradise. Church and main square in Vilcabamba. After a 45-minute car ride from […]
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