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Full South To Montañita
(Finish In Guayaquil)

Travel safely and calmly in 2021!

The health and safety of all of our passengers is, and has always been, our top priority. Due to the current situation, we’ve examined our protocols, journeys and service to make sure that we exceed the safety expectations of everyone who travels with us. We’re surpassing safety standards, for you, the passenger, and will continue doing so moving forward. Book now for 2021 as we will be running at reduced capacities... remember you can change your start date at no extra cost up to Dec 2024!


Trip Highlights & What’s Included

Trip Highlights

  • See the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano, one of Ecuador’s most famous sights and one of the highest volcanoes in the world – Cotopaxi
  • 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
  • Visit a lookout point for the incredible Quilotoa Lagoon, located inside the crater of an active volcano – Quilotoa
  • 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
  • Take in views of the extraordinary Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador and the point on Earth closest to space (due to the bulge of the equator) – Riobamba
  • Catch the famous Devil’s Nose Train, considered one of the most scenic train routes in the worlds – Alausí
  • Explore the impressive colonial architecture of one of South America’s most beautiful cities. – Cuenca
  • Spend some time exploring Cerro Santa Ana and the Las Peñas neighborhood, one of Ecuador’s most picturesque and culturally-rich areas –Guayaquil
  • Go diving, surfing, or just simply relax on one of South America’s best beaches – Montañita

What’s Included

  • 9 stop Hop-on, Hop-off pass allowing you to stay as long at each stop as you like, or follow our recommended plan to do everything at a perfect pace! (still not sure how Ecuador Hop works? Click here to learn more)
  • Stunning views of the Quilotoa Lagoon, located inside the crater of an active volcano for the Quilotoa Viewpoint
  • See the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano, one of Ecuador’s most famous sights and one of the highest volcanoes in the world, all from the Cotopaxi Viewpoint
  • On board local Ecuadorian expert who will give tips, advice, and can help book tours, accommodation and more
  • All local taxes, fees and service charges – no hidden fees or tipping requests like other companies
  • Local customer service team accessible via email, Facebook, Whatsapp and phone for any issue.

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

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Stop By Stop Information

The Full South To Montañita (Finish in Guayaquil) pass is broken down to 4 Hopstages:

Below you’ll see each of those hopstages individually, where you’ll know what to do, recommended number of nights and more!

Hopstage 1 : Quito to Cotopaxi to Quilotoa to Baños

Bus Details

Pick up from all hotels and hostels in Quito

Bus starts pickups between 6:00am – 6:30am. Your pick up time will be on your confirmation once you put your hotel/hostel.

Top Things To Do In Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, & Baños

  • Things to do in Cotopaxi:
    See the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano, one of Ecuador’s most famous sights and one of the highest volcanoes in the world
  • Things to do in Quilotoa:
  • Visit a lookout point for the incredible Quilotoa Lagoon, located inside the crater of an active volcano.
  • Things to do in Baños:
  • 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.

Recommended Number Of Nights In Baños

We recommend spending at least 2 nights in Baños. Whether you prefer a canyoning expedition in the jungle or a day in the hot tub (or maybe both), Baños has something for everybody and that’s why it’s one of Ecuador’s best destinations.

As always, if you love Baños, you can hop off and stay as long as you want! You can decide this up to 12 hours before the next bus!

Hopstage 2 : Baños to Riobamba to Alausi to Cuenca

Bus Details

Departures are every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Meeting point in Paracas is Library at Juan Montalvo Park (Located on Calle Juan Montalvo between 16 de Diciembre and 12 de Noviembre).

Buses depart at 2pm sharp.

Top Things To Do In Riobamba & Cuenca

  • Things to do in Riobamba:
  • Visit the famous Riobamba market to shop for traditional textiles and other artisan handicrafts.
  • Things to do in Cuenca:
  • Wander around one of South America’s most beautiful cities and appreciate the lovely colonial architecture.
  • Take a hike in the incredible El Cajas National Park, a natural protected area home to cloud forest ecosystems and diverse flora and fauna.
  • Visit the Ingapirca Archaeological Complex and experience the largest Inca ruins in all of Ecuador.
  • Stroll through Cuenca’s colorful flower market, considered one of the best in the world.

Recommended Number Of Nights In Cuenca

We recommend spending at least 2 nights in Cuenca. The city is most well-known for its splendid colonial architecture, but there are plenty of other things to do besides exploring the historic city center. This is one of our favorite stops and you’re sure to find many incredible activities here!

As always, if you love Cuenca, you can hop off and stay as long as you want! You can decide this up to 12 hours before the next bus!

Hopstage 3 : Cuenca to Montañita

Bus Details

Departures are every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Pick up from all hotels and hostels in Cuenca.

Bus starts pickups between 10:30pm – 11:00pm. Your pick up time will be on your confirmation once you put your hotel/hostel.

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.

Recommended Number Of Nights In Montañita

After you visit this coastal paradise, you’ll probably want to stay forever! We recommend spending at least 2 nights in Montañita. 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.

As always, if you love Montañita, you can hop off and stay as long as you want! You can decide this up to 12 hours before the next bus!

Hopstage 4 : Montañita to Guayaquil

Bus Details

Departures are every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Pick up from all hotels and hostels in central Montañita.

Bus starts pickups between 2:30pm – 3:00pm. Your pick up time will be on your confirmation once you put your hotel/hostel.

Top Things To Do In Guayaquil

  • Visit Guayaquil’s famous boardwalk, the Malecón 2000, which runs past some of the city’s most famous sites as well as many restaurants and stores.
  • Walk through the Guayaquil Historic Park, where you can see relics from the city’s history as well as some of the area’s native wildlife.
  • Explore Cerro Santa Ana and the Las Peñas neighborhood, whose scenic views and colorful buildings make it one of the city’s most impressive areas.
  • Take the opportunity to visit some of the city’s many museums.
  • Tour the nearby Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco, a large protected natural area of tropical dry forest where you can spot many types of exotic wildlife.

Recommended Number Of Nights In Guayaquil

We recommend spending at least 2 nights in Guayaquil. For travelers who are planning to visit the Galapagos Islands while in Ecuador, Guayaquil is the best place to catch a flight. For help on planning the Galapagos Islands tour, which is easily incorporated into your Ecuador Hop itinerary, make sure to check out our Galapagos Islands guide.

As always, if you love Guayaquil, you can hop off and stay as long as you want! You can decide this up to 12 hours before the next bus!

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

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Bus Timetable

Buses operate EVERYDAY in EVERY direction.

You can choose where our bus will pick you up in our booking system.

Follow our recommended plan here or hop on and hop off as much as you like

HOPSTAGE 1
Quito to Cotopaxi to Quilotoa to Baños EVERY DAY
Quito (Depart) 06:30 AM
Cotopaxi Volcano Viewpoint 07:45 AM
Quilotoa Lagoon Viewpoint 10:30 AM
Baños (Arrive) 3:00 PM

Main activities in Baños:
Visiting the Swing at the End of the World, riding a cable car over the Pastaza River, enjoying the natural scenery, plus outdoor activities like zip-lining, cycling, or rafting.

Note about Cotopaxi:
All buses visit a lookout point to observe the Cotopaxi Volcano and then continue to the next destination. Departures at Cotopaxi are only for those planning to take a full tour of Cotopaxi National Park.

Note about Quilotoa:
All buses visit a lookout point to observe the Quilotoa Lagoon before continuing on to Baños. Departures at Quilotoa are only for those who wish to take a full tour of the Quilotoa Lagoon.

HOPSTAGE 2
Baños to Riobamba to Alausí to Cuenca Tue/Thu/Sat
Baños (Depart) 02:00 PM
Riobamba 03:30 PM
Balbanera Church & Laguna de Colta 04:00 PM
Alausí 06:00 PM
Cuenca (Arrive) 11:00 PM

Main activities in Riobamba: Visiting the city’s traditional markets, taking in views of the Chimborazo Volcano.

Note about Alausí:
Those who wish to ride the scenic Devil’s Nose Train can hop off at the rail station in Alausí to catch the train.

Main activities in Cuenca:
Exploring the city’s colonial architecture, visiting the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, hiking in El Cajas National Park.

HOPSTAGE 3
Cuenca to Montañita Tue/Thu/Sat
Cuenca (Depart) 11:00pm
Montañita (Arrival) 07:00am (next day)

Main activities in Montañita:
Sunbathing, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as enjoying the town’s great restaurants and nightlife.

HOP STAGE 4
Montañita to Guayaquil Wed/Fri/Sun
Montañita (Depart) 03:00 PM
Guayaquil (Arrive) 06:00 PM

Main activities in Guayaquil:
Exploring some of the city’s different neighborhoods and historic sights.

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Important Info & Notes

Who is this pass perfect for?

Departure Days

EVERY DAY

Time of Departure

06:30AM Every Day

Pick up Location

All hostels and hotels in Quito (direct pick-up)

Minimum Time Needed

7 Days

Price

$169


1 – 4 APRIL 2021 EASTER WEEKEND

Easter weekend holidays: Hostel and tour prices increase in this period. We will not be able to assist you with booking any accommodation during this period. Please book in advance.

9 & 10 AUGUST 2021 - ECUADORIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Biggest public holidays of the year. Hostel and tour prices increase in this period. We will not be able to assist you with booking any accommodation during this period. Please book in advance.

24 & 25 - 31 DEC 2020 & 1 JAN 2021 - CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS BREAK

We will be taking a short break at the end of December for Christmas and New Year. We do this to give our bus drivers and guides time to spend with their families during these special holidays. As a business, we know this may disappoint some travelers, but we care about our employees the same way we care about our passengers and want to give them a well-deserved rest.

NO BUS FROM: 24 & 25 - 31 DEC 2020 & 1 JAN 2021

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you check the bus timetables for each pass as not all routes have daily departures.

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Our Buses

Ecuador Hop – #1 Bus Company In Ecuador

As well as an unbeatable safety record, Ecuador Hop is also famous for its punctuality and comfort. In South America, where things often run later than scheduled, we are very proud to say we achieve a 98.5% on-time arrival for each trip.

If comparing Ecuador Hop to other bus companies, make sure you check their safety record, past accidents, as well as their Tripadvisor page (if they even bother to have one) as often you will find there is a reason why some bus companies have “cheaper” prices than Peru Hop.

Features Of Our Buses

Short Distance Buses

  • Modern bus models: We use only up-to-date, well-maintained and high-quality buses to ensure top safety standards and comfort (this is not always a guarantee in Ecuador).
  • Climate control: We make sure the temperature is comfortable for everyone on board.
  • Highest quality brake and suspension system: Our high-quality buses will get you to your destination as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
  • GPS monitoring system: We monitor location and vehicle speed from our headquarters, ensuring your safety.
  • USB ports available: Charge your mobile phone or tablet on board the bus!

Long Distance Buses

  • Modern bus models: We use brand new, state-of-the-art buses with all the latest technology.
  • Semi-bed reclining seats: All with sponge foam pads for added comfort.
  • Modern and clean toilet: Unlike public buses that often have dirty facilities or no bathroom at all, our buses all come with modern, regularly-cleaned toilets.
  • High-tech temperature-controlled air system: We make sure the temperature is never too hot or too cold.
  • LCD TV sets: Sit back and pass the long hours of travel watching some English-language movies
  • Highest quality brake and suspension system: Our high-quality vehicles will get you to your destination as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
  • Blankets for every passenger: Each seat comes with blankets, so you’ll be able to relax and get some sleep on longer journeys.
  • GPS monitoring system: We monitor location and vehicle speed from our headquarters, ensuring your safety.
  • USB ports on every seat: Don’t stress about charging your mobile phone or tablet. You’ll be able to charge all your devices right at your seat!

Bus Safety Controls

  • Large team of drivers: Our drivers are not overworked/tired as is often the case on other buses.
  • Tour guide onboard: Our tour guide does regular checks on the drivers.
  • Seatbelts: We have a seatbelt for every passenger and ask our passengers to wear them at all times.
  • 24 hour GPS monitoring: Every bus is monitored from a secure point via GPS…we always know where the bus is and if it is taking any unscheduled stops.
  • Constant contact: The drivers and the guide communicate continuously by telephone with the Peru Hop office.
  • No tight deadlines: Our drivers are under NO pressure to arrive at a certain time, no need for increased speed or unnecessary risks.

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

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