Ecuador Hop to Montanita without Guayaquil
Ecuador Hop to Montanita without Guayaquil
Normally $99USD/ $143AUD
Ecuador Hop is the safest and most convenient way to see Ecuador, hop on hop off style. This means you have the option of staying in a place you like for longer, and with daily departures from everywhere, this gives travellers total flexibility. If you’ve ever travelled with Kiwi Experience/Stray/Greyhound in Australia and New Zealand, you’ll know how this works!
With free pick ups from most hostels (So no taxis/public transport to the bus station, a huge plus, especially in Quito), a bus driver who is also your guide, guaranteed accommodation, and a group of like minded travellers, it’s perfect for both groups and individuals.
Time of Departure
06:30AM Every Day
Pick up Location
All hostels and hotels in Quito (direct pick-up)
Minimum Time Needed
4 Days / 3 Nights
See the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano, one of Ecuador’s most famous sights and one of the highest volcanoes in the world. (Cotopaxi)
Visit the lookout point for the incredible Quilotoa Lagoon, located inside the crater of an active volcano. (Quilotoa)
Toachi Canyon is a small, gorgeous canyon that is missed by many travelers. We’ll get off the beaten track and make a brief stop here to take some photos and appreciate an exquisite view of the Ecuadorian countryside. (Toachi Canyon)
Participate in exciting activities like zip-lining and white water rafting on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest. (Baños)
Ride the “Swing at the End of the World” where you can look out at the epic Mt. Tungurahua Volcano and the vast Ecuadorian wilderness below. (Baños)
Cycle the “Ruta de las Cascadas,” a scenic circuit featuring some of South America’s most gorgeous waterfalls. (Baños)
Go diving, surfing, or just simply relax on one of South America’s best beaches. (Montañita)
HOPSTAGE 1 : QUITO TO BAÑOS
From Quito we’ll head towards Baños but first we’ve got a few incredible and exclusive stops to make along the way. We know that long-distance travel can be boring, so that’s why we’ve packed our routes with loads of short extra stops to give you the chance to see the real Ecuador while you’re getting from city to city.
Our first stop will be to get some breakfast and see the stunning Mount Cotopaxi, a towering snow-capped volcano located in Ecuador’s countryside. If you’re short on time but don’t want to miss anything, a quick stop at this lookout point is ideal. If you’ve got more time and want to explore a little more, it’s also possible to hop off here and add on a tour.
Have a traditional home-cooked Ecuadorian breakfast at the classy Chuquiragua Lodge, located in the foothills of Mount Cotopaxi.
Visit a nearby lookout point for a panoramic view of this iconic peak.
Snap some photos of the volcano without having to pay extra to enter the park.
Hop off here if you want to take a tour of the national park, including a trip to the base camp of the volcano.
From Cotopaxi, we’ll spend another two hours on the road before we arrive at the Quilotoa Lagoon, an unbelievable crystal-blue lake located right inside the caldera of an active volcano. Don’t worry, it’s safe! If you’d like to see as many things as possible in Ecuador but have a limited amount of time, a stop at this lookout point is a great option. If you have enough time and would like to explore more, it’s also possible to hop off here and add on a tour.
Stop at a small village right on the shores of Lake Quilotoa.
Visit a lookout point where you’ll be able to see the entire lake and take some photos!
See this otherworldly place totally free with your Ecuador Hop pass (public buses from Quito to Baños do not stop here).
Hop off here to visit some local communities or do a guided tour around the lake.
From Quilotoa, we’ll head to the town of Baños, considered Ecuador’s adventure capital and the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Trips deeper into the jungle often start from Baños, but there are many amazing things to do near the town itself as well. You can do anything from zip-lining or cycling to paragliding, hiking and more, made even better by the gorgeous backdrop of lush tropical greenery and waterfalls.
Cycle around the “Ruta de las Cascadas,” a loop bringing you past some of the area’s most beautiful waterfalls.
Go zip-lining and take in the incredible jungle scenery from above as you soar through the sky.
Do some white water rafting on the nearby Rio Pastaza for some adrenaline-pumping action.
Visit the “Swing at the End of the World” to ride a treehouse swing over a cliff (really!) and take in a phenomenal view of the surrounding mountains.
There is something in Baños for pretty much everybody...the possibilities are practically endless. Not sure what you’d like to do? No problem! All our guides are proud Ecuadorians who would be happy to give you some local advice on the best tours.
QUITO TO BAÑOS DEPARTURE DETAILS
Departure: EVERY DAY
Departures From: All hostels and hotels in Quito (direct pick-up)
Departure Time: 06:30am
Arrival Time: 01:45pm
Recommended nights in Baños:
We highly recommend spending a couple days here to take advantage of some of the amazing activities available.
HOPSTAGE 2 : BAÑOS TO MONTAÑITA
From Baños we will head to the resort town of Montañita. This scenic little paradise on the Pacific coast is popular with both travelers and local Ecuadorians for its gorgeous beaches and incredible nightlife. The weather is sunny all year round, and there’s always good times to be had in town. Montañita is the perfect place to relax for a couple days and just enjoy the pleasant climate and beautiful scenery!
Top Things to Do in Montañita
Spend some time in the sun on one of South America’s best beaches.
Go snorkeling or scuba diving in some of the world’s most biologically diverse waters.
Enjoy some of the town’s legendary nightlife and meet travelers from all around the world.
Do some surfing or take surf lessons. Montañita has areas that are suitable for all skill levels.
Montañita has long been famous with surfers for its ideal waves, but even if you don't surf you'll find plenty to do here. With its gorgeous beaches and never-ending parties, you’re sure to have an absolutely amazing stay in Montañita. Spend some time experiencing Ecuador's coast and enjoy the perfect sandy beaches, lovely tropical greenery, and brilliant nightlife that this coastal town has to offer.
BAÑOS TO MONTAÑITA DEPARTURE DETAILS
Departures: Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday
Departures From: Library at Juan Montalvo Park (Located on Calle Juan Montalvo between 16 de Diciembre and 12 de Noviembre)
Departure Time: 10:00pm
Arrival Time: 09:00am (the following day)
Recommended nights in Montañita:
After you visit this coastal paradise, you’ll probably want to stay forever! We recommend at least one night in Montañita which should give you a full afternoon on the beach as well as a chance to try some local food.
OPTIONAL HOPSTAGE: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
A visit to the incredible Galapagos Islands is on many people’s travel bucket list. This archipelago, located about 600 miles off of Ecuador’s coast, exhibits some of the world’s most interesting and bizarre endemic species, from massive iguanas and 500-pound turtles to colorful and unique bird species like the blue-footed booby. No nature lover should miss the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands on a trip to Ecuador.
The only way to reach the Galapagos Islands is via air from the cities of Quito or Guayaquil. A side trip to the Galapagos is easily incorporated into your Ecuador Hop itinerary. Simply catch your flight in Quito, complete your trip to the Galapagos Islands and then begin your journey on Ecuador Hop after returning to Quito. We can even help you with choosing and arranging a tour! Visit our Galapagos Guide for more information.