Quito to Baños to Quito

QUITO – COTOPAXI – QUILOTOA – BAÑOS – QUITO

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  1. Trip Highlights – A summary of the main attractions covered under this pass.

  2. Route by Route Information – Detailed descriptions of each stage of the pass.

  3. Plan your Itinerary – Choose a date and see our recommended schedule.

  4. Bus Timetable – All bus times for each stage of this pass.

  5. Important Notes – Up to date information regarding holiday periods or anything else which may affect our service.

Trip Highlights

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS:

  • See the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano, one of Ecuador’s most famous sights and one of the highest volcanoes in the world. (Cotopaxi)
  • 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)
  • Participate in exciting activities like zip-lining and white water rafting on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest. (Baños)
  • 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)
  • Cycle the “Ruta de las Cascadas,” a scenic circuit featuring some of South America’s most gorgeous waterfalls. (Baños)

FREE EXTRA STOPS AND TOURS WITH THIS TICKET:

  • Visit a lookout point for the incredible Quilotoa Lagoon, located inside the crater of an active volcano. Hop off here for a tour of the lagoon and local communities.
  • See the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano, one of Ecuador’s most famous sights and one of the highest volcanoes in the world. Hop off here for a tour of the national park, including a scenic hike to the surface of a glacier.

Route By Route Information

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

HOPSTAGE 1 : QUITO TO BAÑOS

From Quito we’ll head towards Baños but first we’ve got a few 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 will be to see the stunning Mount Cotopaxi, a towering snow-capped volcano located in Ecuador’s countryside. If you’re short on time but don’t want to miss anything, a quick stop at this lookout point is ideal. If you’ve got more time and want to explore a little more, it’s also possible to hop off here and add on a tour. Those who would like some breakfast will also have the chance to order a delicious home-cooked Ecuadorian meal here.

Cotopaxi Highlights

For a small extra cost, take the chance to try an Ecuadorian breakfast at the classy Chuquiragua Lodge, located in the foothills of Mount Cotopaxi.

Visit a nearby lookout point for a panoramic view of this iconic peak.

Snap some photos of the volcano without having to pay extra to enter the park.

Hop off here if you want to take a tour of the national park, including a trip to the base camp of the volcano.

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 visit some local communities or do a guided tour around the lake.

From Quilotoa, we’ll head to 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. 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.

Baños Highlights

There is something in Baños for pretty much everybody...the possibilities are practically endless. Not sure what you’d like to do? No problem! All our guides are proud Ecuadorians who would be happy to give you some local advice on the best tours.

QUITO TO BAÑOS DEPARTURE DETAILS

Departure: EVERY DAY
Departures From: All hostels and hotels in Quito (direct pick-up)
Departure Time: 06:30am
Arrival Time: 03:00pm

Recommended nights in Baños:

We highly recommend spending a couple days here to take advantage of some of the amazing activities available.

HOPSTAGE 2 : BAÑOS TO QUITO

From Baños we will head to Quito where you can spend some time exploring the city's historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), visit the Mitad del Mundo monument marking the equator, or catch onward flights to the Galápagos and other destinations.

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. Simply catch your flight in Quito, complete your trip to the Galapagos Islands and then begin your journey on Ecuador Hop after returning to Quito. Or make your trip to the Galápagos after you return to Quito from your Ecuador Hop trip. 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
Quito 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 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 Notes

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!

14 APRIL - 20 APRIL 2019 SEMANA SANTA

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.