Ecuador is a small country compared to its neighbors, but it’s got a lot to offer: AmazonRainforest, volcanic mountains, gorgeous Pacific coast beaches, and, of course, the incredible Galapagos Islands. So where do you start when you’re planning a trip to Ecuador? What’s the easiest way to travel in Ecuador and see the biggest variety of attractions? Our favorite way to travel is with a hop on hop off bus. Let us explain why.
The idea of a hop on hop off bus is to combine the benefits of a guided tour (such as seeing things that are hard to reach without a guide) with the freedom of independent travel. Buses take you to all of the main cities and popular attractions, but also make stops at lesser-known destinations to give you the chance to see the real Ecuador.
Ecuador Hop, the first hop on hop off bus company in Ecuador, began its service in February 2019. Sister companies Peru Hop and Bolivia Hop have already been around for a few years, building a strong reputation in those countries for their high level of service and this unique style of travel. If Ecuador Hop manages to create a similar experience to those two companies, this will be an excellent option for traveling in Ecuador. The new service will bring travelers to some incredible destinations, including: Baños, Montañita, Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa Lake.
Your pass is valid for one year for the whole route, which leaves you the flexibility to stay longer at a destination if you like it, and move on to the next when you’re ready. Hop off, stay as long as you want, then just hop back on and continue on your route. Ecuador Hop buses also pick you up directly from your hostel or hotel in Quito, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of looking for the terminal in an unfamiliar city. You just depart from your hostel/hotel and you’re already on your way to the next destination–perfect for independent travelers! It’s this combination of flexibility and convenience that make hop on hop off busses the easiest way to travel in Ecuador.
We were very excited to try out Ecuador Hop and it did not disappoint. To find out more about Ecuador Hop, visit their page on your own, make sure to visit their website at ecuadorhop.com