Full South To Quito
(with Guayaquil start)

Trip Highlights & What’s Included

Trip Highlights

  • Go diving, surfing, or just simply relax on one of South America’s best beaches – Montañita
  • Explore the impressive colonial architecture of one of South America’s most beautiful cities. – Cuenca
  • 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
  • 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
  • Visit a lookout point for the incredible Quilotoa Lagoon, located inside the crater of an active volcano – Quilotoa
  • 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
  • See the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano, one of Ecuador’s most famous sights and one of the highest volcanoes in the world – Cotopaxi

What’s Included

  • 8 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)
  • 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 and phone for any issue

Stop By Stop Information

Follow the different "Hopstages" of our route to see the different highlights at each of our destinations.

HOPSTAGE 1 : GUAYAQUIL TO MONTAÑITA

From Guayaquil we will head to the resort town of Montañita. This scenic little paradise on the Pacific coast is popular with both travelers and local Ecuadorians for its gorgeous beaches and incredible nightlife. The weather is sunny all year round, and there’s always good times to be had in town. Montañita is the perfect place to relax for a couple days and just enjoy the pleasant climate and beautiful scenery!

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.

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.

Recommended nights in Montañita:

After you visit this coastal paradise, you’ll probably want to stay forever! We recommend at least one night in Montañita which should give you a full afternoon on the beach as well as a chance to try some local food.

HOPSTAGE 2 : MONTAÑITA TO BAÑOS

We’ll depart from the beach paradise of Montañita and head into the mountains towards the town of Baños, considered Ecuador’s adventure capital and the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Trips deeper into the jungle often start from Baños, but there are many amazing things to do near the town itself as well.

Before arriving in Baños, we will make several exclusive stops. First, in Riobamba for those who wish to hop off and explore this town’s colorful traditional markets or enjoy views of Mount Chimborazo.

After Riobamba, we will make an exclusive stop in Alausí for those who wish to ride the scenic Devil’s Nose Train.

You can do anything from zip-lining or cycling to paragliding, hiking and more, made even better by the gorgeous backdrop of lush tropical greenery and waterfalls.

Top 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.

In addition to all these amazing adventure activities, Baños is also a great place to just relax for a couple days in a beautiful setting. The town’s name (Spanish for “baths”) is a reference to the many thermal baths in the area that you can enjoy while in town. Baños is also home to many retreats and wellness centers offering massages, spa treatments, and more. 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.

Recommended nights in Baños:

We recommend you stay at least two nights in Baños, which should give you sufficient time to participate in one of the popular outdoor activities listed above.

HOPSTAGE 3 : BAÑOS TO QUILOTOA TO COTOPAXI TO QUITO

From Baños we’ll head towards Quito but first we’ve got some incredible and exclusive stops to make along the way. We know that long-distance travel can be boring, so that’s why we’ve packed our routes with loads of short extra stops to give you the chance to see the real Ecuador while you’re getting from city to city.

Our first stop of the trip will be at the Quilotoa Lagoon, an unbelievable crystal-blue lake located right inside the caldera of an active volcano. Don’t worry, it’s safe!

Quilotoa Highlights

Stop at a small village right on the shores of Lake Quilotoa.

Visit a lookout point where you’ll be able to see the entire lake and take some photos!

See this otherworldly place totally free with your Ecuador Hop pass (public buses from Quito to Baños do not stop here).

Hop off here to do visit some local communities or do a guided tour around the lake.

After another hour on the road, we’ll make a stop at the stunning Mount Cotopaxi, a towering snow-capped volcano located in Ecuador’s countryside. Those who plan to take a tour of Cotopaxi National Park can hop off here and spend the night at the scenic Chuquiragua Lodge before beginning a tour the next morning.

After our stop at Mount Cotopaxi, we’ll begin heading towards our final destination of Quito. Once we arrive, there’s no reason to stress about hailing a taxi or finding your hotel/hostel, since all Ecuador Hop buses do direct pick-up and drop-off in Quito. Just sit back and enjoy the amazing sights along the way! To learn about the best tours and things to do in Quito, don’t forget that all Ecuador Hop guides are proud locals who are more than willing to give some friendly advice!

Recommended nights in Quito:

We recommend you stay two nights in Quito. This will give you the chance to spend one full day exploring the city and one full day for a day trip to a nearby attraction such as the Mitad del Mundo.

OPTIONAL HOPSTAGE: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

A visit to the incredible Galapagos Islands is on many people’s travel bucket list. This archipelago, located about 600 miles off of Ecuador’s coast, exhibits some of the world’s most interesting and bizarre endemic species, from massive iguanas and 500-pound turtles to colorful and unique bird species like the blue-footed booby. No nature lover should miss the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands on a trip to Ecuador.

The only way to reach the Galapagos Islands is via air from the cities of Quito or Guayaquil. A side trip to the Galapagos is easily incorporated into your Ecuador Hop itinerary. If you would like to fly from Guayaquil, you’ll complete your trip to the Galapagos Islands and then begin your journey on Ecuador Hop after returning to Guayaquil. If you would like to fly from Quito, you can can complete your Ecuador Hop itinerary before arriving in Quito to catch your flight. We can even help you with choosing and arranging a tour! Visit our Galapagos Guide for more information.

Bus Timetable

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HOPSTAGE 1
Guayaquil to Montañita SUNDAY WEDNESDAY FRIDAY
Guayaquil (Depart) 04:00 AM
Montañita (Arrive) 07:00 AM

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

HOPSTAGE 2
Montañita to Cuenca SUNDAY WEDNESDAY FRIDAY
Montañita (depart) 03:00 PM
Cuenca (arrive) 10:00 PM

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 Riobamba to Alausí to Baños SUNDAY WEDNESDAY FRIDAY
Cuenca (Depart) 11:00 PM
Alausí 02:30 AM (the next day)
Riobamba 04:30 AM (the next day)
Baños (Arrive) 06:00 AM (the next day)

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

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.

HOP STAGE 4
Baños to Quito EVERY DAY
Baños (Depart) 01:00 PM
Quito (Arrive) 8:30 PM

Main activities in Quito: Exploring the Historic Center and visiting the Mitad del Mundo monument. Catch flights to Galápagos and other destinations from here.

Important Info & Notes

Departure Days

SUNDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY

Time of Departure

04:00AM

Pick up Location

Primax Terminal Terreste Gas Station: Just 1 minute walking distance to Guayaquil Bus Terminal and International Airport.
Click here for directions to our meeting point.

Minimum Time Needed

2 Days / 1 Night

Price

$169

24 & 25 - 31 DEC 2019 & 1 JAN 2020 - CHRISTMAS AND 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 2019 & 1 JAN 2020

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

9 & 10 AUGUST 2019 - ECUADORIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Biggest public holidays of the year. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. MUST book accommodation in advance!

9 APRIL – 12 APRIL 2020 EASTER WEEKEND

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

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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