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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Rio Muchacho

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Rio Muchacho

Rio Muchacho Organic Farm and Eco-lodge offers a unique and ecologically friendly haven for guests to stay, relax, and explore. Our bungalow-style accommodation was constructed entirely from local materials, and we try to prepare all our meals using fresh fruits and vegetables harvested from our own...
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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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Cuscungo Cotopaxi

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Cuscungo Cotopaxi

Cuscungo Cotopaxi is a farm house located approximately 2 km from the entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park, breakfast included in the price. Dinner for an additional price.Tourist information about the attractions of the area. Daily cheap tours to the Cotopaxi volcano and Quilotoa lake. Cuscung...
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Hotel La Ria Playas

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Hotel La Ria Playas

Hotel La Ría Playas is located in front of the sea,t has free parking available and private security in the hotel. The shopping mall with supermarket, food court, cinemas, banks, ATMs, pharmacies and shops is 850 meters (1 minute by car or 10 minutes walk) from the hotel. Some rooms have marbl...
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Selina Amazon Tena

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Selina Amazon Tena

Selina is located in Misahualli, a small village nearby with a more laidback jungle vibe than Tena. Here, you’ll be surrounded by wildlife, rapids, and the sights and sounds of the jungle on all sides. Your neighbors may be the famous monkeys that live in town! Selina is one of the few places in tow...
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Hotel Vieja Cuba

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Hotel Vieja Cuba

The charming Hotel Vieja Cuba with its warm and cosy atmosphere is a place of quietness right in the heart of Quito's vibrant tourist area, the La Mariscal district. Located close to lively cafes and restaurants, shopping centers and boutiques, it's situated only 10 kms/6.2 miles from the Internatio...
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Refugio Terra Esperanza

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Refugio Terra Esperanza

The Refugio Terra Esperanza is a traditional family-run mountain lodge nestled in the high Ecuadorian Andes. Situated less than three hours north from Quito on the Panamerican highway and about 30 minutes by bus from Otavalo, it is the ideal location for adventure seekers, as well as for people who...
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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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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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Wisdom Forest Yoga Lodge

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Wisdom Forest Yoga Lodge

The Yoga Lodge is a unique space where you can find inner peace, enjoy nature and help save trees at the same time. Come and stay in our stunning rainforest home and experience the beauty of nature every day. Assist a yoga class, participate in our afternoon workshops and your donations will help fu...
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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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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 Cielo

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El Cielo

Our beautiful bamboo-made guest house offers tranquility and a sweet homely vibe in the most famous party/surf town in Ecuador. If you're looking for a perfect balance between partying in the centre while being able to relax and sleep like a baby in your hostel then with us you're in the right place...
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Posada del Rio

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Posada del Rio

In the best area of the historical center you will find a place like your home with: -Comfortable rooms private and shared -Rest-area with TV and games -Back yard - terrace- BBQ area -Kitchen -Meals -Internet service -Phone - fax -Laundry -Housekeeping service -Open 24 hours Advise abo...
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The Mudhouse Hostel

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The Mudhouse Hostel

Just a three minute walk to the beach, this unique ECO hostel is a lush, tropical oasis of birds and plants… a paradise for nature lovers and seekers of pure relaxation. Clean & breezy bamboo bungalows with high-ceilings and an abundance of natural light, cozy beds, and outdoor Balinese-style showe...
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Hostal Naui

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Hostal Naui

We offer a nice dining room, kitchen where you can cook your own food and a large terrace. Here you can enjoy meanwhile relaxing in the hammock the fantastic panorama from the Andes and observe the variety of weather phenomena. Our hotel is located on a hill east of the center of the city of Te...
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Hospedaje Los Ponchos

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Hospedaje Los Ponchos

Located just a stone's throw away of the biggest handicraft markets of the South American countries, Hospedaje Los Ponchos offers 3 comfortable, non-smoking private rooms with sharing bathroom for a fair price. At Hospedaje Los Ponchos, breakfast is not served. Otavalo is a quiet town situated a...
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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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El Patio Hostel Quito

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El Patio Hostel Quito

El Patio Hostel has beautiful shared rooms with solid wood beds (King Single 105x190cm), new mattresses, best-quality cotton linens, free towels and big storage lockers. The hostel offers free high-speed wifi, tidy bathrooms with hot water, fully equipped kitchen, offering our guests a great value....
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Maremonti B&B

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Maremonti B&B

B&B with ocean view of Puerto Lopez bay, which is a fishing village still authentic and rural. We are located in the central hill of the town and if you are the kind of travellers that take advantages of simpleness, will enjoy the town as well as our B&B. We have 2 double rooms, 1 room for 3...
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The Quito Guest House with Yellow Balconies

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The Quito Guest House with Yellow Balconies

The Quito Guest House with Yellow Balconies is a cozy, friendly, ecuadorian family run hostal, located in a middle class neighborhood in the limit between historical colonial Quito and Modern new Quito. We offer 4 independant ensuite rooms, with comfortable beds, clean bathrooms, with additional s...
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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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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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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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ESPERANTO B&B Surf & Backpacker hostel

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ESPERANTO B&B Surf & Backpacker hostel

The greatest B & B Surf - Backpacker independently owned hostel in Montanita. We offer a great breakfast buffet incl. coffee and tea ( all day ) ; local fruits and different kind of freshly baked bread rolls every day from 8:30 am to 10:30 amThe house started off as a beach house. You can bring yo...
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Hostal Pakay

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Hostal Pakay

Hostal Pakay boasts great views over the town, the Andes mountains and the captivating grounds around the guesthouse. The property has more than two hectares that displays a variety of plants and birds plus a jungle garden with the typical agriculture of the Amazon. It is built with local materi...
Hostal Pakay is a hostel in Tena. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hostal Casa del Sol

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Hostal Casa del Sol

Welcome to Casa del Sol; a hotel that is uniquely designed with a perfect balance of stone and bamboo, encompassed by an infinite supply of good energy! Here at La Casa we not only provide a comfortable and tranquil place to sleep, but with so much going on, we offer you an unforgettable vacation...
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Pepe´s House

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Pepe´s House

Pepe's House Cuenca B&B is in a renovated republican house of the Historical Area. We include hot beverages (coffee and infusion) permanently. Parking is additional just in front (extra).The Wifi is free and works perfect in all the place. We speak English/Spanish We are in a strategic location A...
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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 Athene Moon

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Hostal Athene Moon

Hostal Athene Moon is a friendly and cozy place located in the heart of Baños. We got a guest kitchen, a living room and a rooftop with a pretty cool view of the valley. All the rooms got private bathrooms and you will find Smart TVs in the private rooms (Netflix!). We are also a Gallery of Art, the...
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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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Alternative Hostels

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Alternative Hostels

Welcome to AlterNative Hostel! Ours is a kind and friendly place that welcomes travelers from all across the world. We have a wealth of experience hosting travelers of all kinds. From backpackers to adventure motorcyclists, we know what travelers need and value during their stay. AlterNative H...
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Casa de Piedra

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Casa de Piedra

Beautiful Casa de Piedra has lush gardens where birds & flora abound. Great location! just 3 min. walk from Mindo centre & in front of a river. It's a place where you can leave the daily routine behind; where you can let adrenaline run free practising several adventure sports nearby....or simpl...
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Hostal Chimenea

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Hostal Chimenea

Since 2007 the hostel is the perfect choice for both backpackers and boutique hotel lovers, a unique combination of laid-back atmosphere and top quality services. Visit us to find out why Hostel Chimenea has been constantly awarded, highly recommended and favourably reviewed by hundreds of guests...
Hostal Chimenea is a hostel in Banos. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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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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La Mirada Del Solitario George

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La Mirada Del Solitario George

Hostal La Mirada del Solitario George, is located in Puerto Ayora, just 3 minutes by taxi from the Malecón or 15 minutes walking. The hostel is run by a galapagueña family. The rooms have cable TV, air conditioning, private bathroom with hot shower, the property has a shared kitchen and wifi area,...
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Mi Caleta Inn

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Mi Caleta Inn

.Mi Caleta Inn hostel it’s the perfect place to stay if you are looking for natural experience with comfortable rooms and the best service. The common areas are full of Galapagos endemic trees, plants and flowers. Will involve you in a pleasant atmosphere during your stay. You can relax and have a...
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Kamala Surf & Backpacker Hostel

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Kamala Surf & Backpacker Hostel

Wake up to the sound of waves and spend the day relaxing in a hammock with an icy cold beer watching our two pet donkeys play, having a fun game of volleyball or hanging out with a cocktail in the massive pool. Then head to the open plan, sea-view bar for live DJs, all major sports events and happy...
Kamala Surf & Backpacker Hostel is a hostel in Montanita. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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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 Cloud Forest

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Hostal Cloud Forest

The hostel is located at the northern end of the village Chugchilan, the best starting point for hiking’s on the Quilotoa Loop. Hostal Cloud Forest is an eco-friendly, clean and welcoming hostel, runned by a lovely ecuadorian family, that is well-known for its delicious food as well as its great loc...
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Quito Airport Samay Glamping Hostel

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Quito Airport Samay Glamping Hostel

We are the first and only Glamping campsite near Quito International Airport area. Featuring an amazing cliff swing, barbecue facilities and comfortable accommodation in Tababela, the closest town from Quito Airport. We offer FREE airport shuttle 24 hrs, free WIFI, satellite TV, walking trails, fre...
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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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Albergue Español & Ceibo Lodge

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Albergue Español & Ceibo Lodge

Albergue Español & Ceibo Lodge is on the edge of a small river port at the entrance of the Amazon.We organise small trips around Misahuallí towards ecologically interesting sites, like waterfalls and mines (observing butterflies), as well as one day long canoe tours. Group rates are available.Misahu...
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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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La Casa del Molino Blanco

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La Casa del Molino Blanco

Hostal La Casa del Molino Blanco is the only B & B Backpackers in Ecuador and Baños de Agua Santa, with sustainable energy with a Wind Generator and Solar Panels. This system was installed by one of the founding partners of German origin. The purpose of thinking about helping climate changes in the...
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Hotel Espana

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Hotel Espana

Hotel Espana, is owned by a local family, traditional and pioneer of Galapagos, descendants of one of the first colonists of Santa Cruz Island, is managed directly by its owners. You can enjoy a family atmosphere, you can also share and listen to stories and way of life of the colonization of the Ga...
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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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Travellers Inn

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Travellers Inn

Free airport pick up OR drop off for hotels bills greater than $200,00. If not on condition ask for our rates. FREE luggage store, for our customers if coming back to stay. Many tours avaliable (ask for availability and prices): - Galapagos Last Minute cruises - Cuyabeno (Amazonas Rainfores...
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El Cafecito Cuenca

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El Cafecito Cuenca

El Cafecito Rooftop Bar/Restaurant and flashpackers hostel...new location in the heart of Cuenca. Rooftop with an amazing view of the city and the surrounding mountains. Fresh food market (Mercado 9 Oct) across the street and a short walk to the main plaza of Ceunca. 5 course family style gro...
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Friends hostel

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Friends hostel

Welcome to Friends Hostel Quito !!! An exclusive and unique place. Awarded and recognized for its location and attention We are located in the historical center of Quito, next to the most visited tourist spots, such as Plaza de Independencia, Panecillo and Calle de la Ronda. The hostel of Friend...
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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).

chelsea-johnson

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?

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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 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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