Ecuador Hop is all about discovering the REAL Ecuador through the eyes of an Ecuadorian. Imagine a tourist came to your city with a Lonely Planet book. Who can show them your city better... you, the local expert, or a guidebook probably written by a foreign tourist??
Ecuador Hop is a hop-on, hop-off private bus system that not only gets you from point A to point B, but goes off the beaten track to hidden gems that would be impossible to get to, or know about, if you'd just followed the guidebooks. That's why we have partnered with a local family-owned Ecuadorian business with decades of experience in tourism who can help provide that local, insider knowledge!
Our team of local experts LOVE their country and they love Ecuador Hop, because they know we are trying to help local communities grow as well as ensuring tourists stay safe and don't get ripped off along the way!
First, let us explain how public buses in Ecuador work and then explain how Ecuador Hop works so you can understand a little about the difference. It's best to always compare your different options to find the best one.
UNSAFE. BORING. STRESSFUL.
EASY. SAFE. UNIQUE.
Want more details on how Ecuador Hop works? Below is our simple guide to helping you understand how our service works.
You may not be familiar with a hop-on hop-off system, but it's easy to understand. We're going to explain how Ecuador Hop works in 5 simple steps so that you, the passenger, can perfectly understand everything!
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.
View our recommended plan for the whole trip using our "Plan your itinerary" tool within each pass or simply make your own plan. Or, for the spontaneous, make no plans-- just hop on and go with the flow! Our passes are perfect for everyone, whether you want to squeeze it all into a few days or hop off somewhere along the route and stay for a longer period of time.
Note: Our passes are incredibly flexible, but if you want a fixed tour with everything organized and booked in advance for your whole trip (e.g. all accommodation and extra activities) then that is no problem at all. You can use our itinerary planner within each pass, and then book your own accommodation and tours to match this itinerary. OR, if you prefer, email our local experts who will assist you with everything you need.
If starting your trip in Quito, 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.
You decide how long to stay at each stop. Maybe stay one night or one month, it's up to you! Your pass will be valid for one whole year, so you don't have to worry about those dreaded fixed schedules other companies offer. Simply log in to your HOP LOGIN account and change your itinerary on the go.
Finish your trip and pick up a free t-shirt at the end of your route (subject to availability).
Meet our local Ecuadorian guides (now famous on Tripadvisor haha!) as well as fellow passengers from across the world. Pay local prices with local Ecuadorian companies paying Ecuadorian taxes. Lose an ATM card or your passport? Need to call home for an emergency? Ecuador Hop is always there to help, and our on-board 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."