What is Ecuador Hop & How It Works

Ecuador Hop is all about discovering the REAL Ecuador through the eyes of a local. Our drivers and guides know the hidden gems, the stops between the stops that tourists would never find, and are also happy to share stories of what life was and is like in Ecuador along the way. An authentic local experience in a safe, flexible and fun way! Read more below about what Ecuador Hop is and how it works!

Ecuador Hop offers 2 distinct travel options:

  1. Our Classic Hop On Hop Off Travel within Ecuador (this is explained in much further detail below)
  2. One Day City Trips – Ideal for those who plan to fly within Ecuador and have a day or 2 extra in Quito. Click HERE to view our Day Trips

There are a few ways to travel within Ecuador:

  1. Planes (You will miss a LOT of stops not served by Airports, such as Baños and more). Note that if you are very short on time, a combination of planes and day trips by bus could work well.
  2. Local Public Buses (no central bus terminal, many companies with poor safety records, lack of English speaking staff, no stops between the stops to see the hidden gems)
  3. Guided Tour Company (usually VERY expensive, no flexibility to choose what you want to do and when you want to do it, can’t stay anywhere longer. Fixed, rigid, and expensive)
  4. Ecuador Hop (Safe, Flexible and Fun giving an authentic local experience whilst meeting other like-minded travelers along the way)

Ecuador Hop - How our unique hop-on hop-off travel system works

  • Book 1 single bus pass that covers ALL bus journeys – no need to research bus tickets and routes!
  • Hop on the bus at your Start Destination: we pickup at your hotel/hostel in Quito and Montañita (other stops have safe designated meeting points)
  • Get off the bus at any stop you like. We have stops at all the best towns, villages and hidden gems along the way based on our years of experience to ensure you can discover places not even in the guidebooks.
  • Use your unique login code to manage all your bus times and dates from your phone, or WhatsApp us whenever you want to get on the next bus. Buses operate every single day so you have complete flexibility and control over your experience.
  • Cover the route as quickly as you like or take as long as you like. Ask our onboard Ecuadorian expert for any tips or advice along the way and listen to his/her stories about what life is and was like in Ecuador!
  • Meet fellow travelers on board from all over the world…many of our passengers make friends and end up traveling to various destinations together!
  • Ecuador Hop is 100% stress-free so you can truly enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime experience in Ecuador as a solo traveler, with your friends or with your family!


Want more details on how Ecuador Hop works?

Below is our simple guide to help you understand how our service works in 5 simple steps.

5 simple steps on how Ecuador Hop works


Choose a pass

Choose from a variety of passes, depending on where you want to start, where you want to go, and how much time you have. Check our passes section for more information.


Plan your itinerary

Our passes are perfect for everyone, whether you want to squeeze it all into a few days or stay somewhere for a longer period of time.


Start your trip

If starting your trip in Quito or Montañita, we will pick you up directly from your hostel or hotel. At other stops we have designated safe meeting points for pick-up and drop-off.


Hop-on & hop-off

You decide how long to stay at each stop. Stay one night or one month, it’s up to you! Your pass will be valid for one whole year. Simply log into your HOP LOGIN account and change your itinerary on the go.


Finish your trip

Finish your trip and visit our offices for info, feedback, exclusive discounts and more!

Book With Confidence

You are able to change your departure dates at no extra cost if you were to change your plans.

We understand your needs!

And that’s why we created Ecuador Hop!

We GUARANTEE that Ecuador Hop is the only way to discover the REAL Ecuador, with our onboard guides happily sharing stories about how life was and is in Ecuador, as well as being able to assist and advise you with anything along your trip. Our drivers (now famous on Tripadvisor) are not only there to help you get around safely, but to help you see this beautiful country through the eyes of a local.

Ecuador Hop is a proud local Ecuadorian company employing local staff, and our aim is to ensure you have the best possible once-in-a-lifetime trip through this amazing country. We are always here to help and our onboard assistants are famous for their care and attention, while also leaving travelers enough space and freedom to explore at their own pace.

As we like to say: “Travel independently, but never alone.”

View our passes from
Quito, Montañita and more!

Traveling via plane? Make the most of your time in Quito, view our Day Trips from Quito!