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 Best of Ecuador Tour

Do you only have a few days to explore Ecuador? Are you looking for a guided, educational and fun tour? Are you low on funds and want to see as much as you can? This trip, designed by a lone Ecuadorian explorer, covers the “Best of” Ecuador at a great price! This 18-day trip will take you all over and give you a taste of each region of Ecuador.



Day 1: Quito

Arrive in Quito at anytime and spend the day wondering through the historic sights of Old Town, or grab dinner in one of New Town´s upscale restaurants.

Day 2: Banos

Catch the bus with your guide to Banos: one of the adventure capitals of Ecuador. Check into your hostel and relax by night in one of the towns many thermal baths!

Day 3: Banos

After a relaxing night, get ready for some heart-pounding adventure! Choose from a wide variety of trips: Bungee jumping, rafting, canyoneering, and more. If the high adrenaline is not for you, you can always opt for a bike or horseback ride.

Day 4: Riobamba

Catch the bus from Banos and head south to Riobamba. While here, you can take a day trip to see Chimborazo, Ecuador´s highest volcano.

Day 5: Alausi

Make the short trip to Alausi from Riobamba to prepare for tomorrow´s big adventure!

Day 6: Devil´s Nose Train

Wake up early in the morning for this exhilarating two hour train ride that will take you winding through the Andes Mountains. This unusual tourist stop is a must-do when passing through southern Ecuador! The train circles back to Alausi, and after you will make your way to Loja.

Day 7 & 8: Vilcabamba

Catch an early bus to Vilcabamba. You will check into one of Ecuador´s best hostels, Hostel Izcayluma, where you can relax for the day by the poolside or take advantage of the many hikes or horseback rides offered by the hostel. You can also visit the Rumi Wilco Nature Reserve to hike and see some of the unique Ecuadorian flora.

Day 9, 10 & 11: Cuenca

Get ready for a long day of travel! Make your way back up north to the charming city of Cuenca. Spend a full day wandering the quaint streets or take the opportunity to visit Cajas National Park or the ancient ruins of Incapirca. Take the overnight bus to the Guayaquil.

Day 12 & 13: Guayaquil

Enjoy wandering around the big city of Guayaquil, Ecuador´s financial center. Far more modern than Quito, but still a good opportunity to walk along the boardwalk or see iguanas in the park!

Day 14 & 15: Puerto Lopez

Spend your days relaxing on the beach or hop on a short boat ride to the Isla de Plata, where you can see many of the same plant and animal species as the Galapagos in the Machilla National Park. Here, you can also visit the gorgeous beaches of Los Frailes.

Day 16, 17 & 18: Canoa

This small fishing village on the coast of Ecuador will be the perfect way to end your trip. By day, take some surfing lessons with some locals and by night, watch a pacific sunset from a hammock. Take the night bus back to Quito.

What’s included:

All transportation

Rooming (simple accommodation)

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners

Local Guide


Where you will stay:

Here is a list of potential hostels where you will stay. Most are basic accommodations, but include hot water and other standard ammenities. If you have a place in mind you would like to stay, CarpeDm can work with your plans!

Los Pinos Hostal, Banos

Hostal Izhcayluma, Vilcabamba

Hostal Bambu, Canoa



$850 (per person, based on a group of 4 for 18-days)

Is there somewhere that you would like to visit that´s not on the itinerary? Somewhere that you would like to see less of? Would you like to add a jungle excursion? CarpeDM can work with your plans! Let us know what you are thinking, and we can make an itinerary and price that works best for your group!