Duration: 8 nights/9 days

Estimated cost: $1,500 per person

Ecuador has been flying under the radar and travelers are missing out. This trip is not for the faint-hearted, but it is for the penny wise.
Travel pillow recommended.

Day 1:

  • Arrive into Mariscal Sucre International Airport (Quito, Ecuador)

  • Head to your accommodations for an overnight stay

Day 2:

  • Make your way to Terminal Terrestre Quitumbe and hop on a morning bus to Baños de Agua Santa (Baños)

  • Check-in to your accommodations

  • Spend the rest of the day exploring this little town surrounded by mountains

    • Decide in which of the thermal spring-fed baths you want to soak​ and do that either tonight or tomorrow night

    • Book a one-day Amazon tour for tomorrow

Day 3:

  • Early pickup for your one-day Amazon tour

  • Return to Baños in the evening and catch an overnight bus to the costal city of Montañita

Day 4:

  • Arrive in Montañita early in the morning and check-in to your accomodations

  • Spend the day embracing Montañita's laid-back vibe

Day 5:

  • Free day in Motañita

    • Tour options: diving or snorkeling, surfing, and/or fishing​


Day 6:

  • At some point today, take the hour-ish bus ride to Puerto Lopez and spend some time exploring (or stay in Montañita and head to Puerto Lopez in the evening)

  • Take an overnight bus back to Quito

Day 7:

  • Spend the day exploring Quito

    • Don't miss: the sites of the Historic Center and La Ronda in the evening​

Day 8:

  • Take a bus Otavalo to explore the markets, bussing back when you have spent your remaining trip allowance

Day 9:

  • Depart from Marsical Sucre International Airport (Quito, Ecuador)

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  • Book Isabel's Airbnb near Quito (she's such a great host!)

    • Ask her about airport transportation, breakfast, or if she has time to show you around

  • Quito's website has LOADS of helpful information

  • Spend your beach nights at Punta Hills Montañita​​

    • They can also help organize daily activities

  • Don't leave Ecuador without a paja toquilla directly from where they originated

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