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profile member asked on Dec 19, 2015

What to do in Cuenca, Quito and Tena

Hello, I was planning on going on a backpacking trip to Ecuador this summer with my friend. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for hostels, places to eat that aren't too expensive and things to do in the three cities. Thank you in advance!


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answered on 12/19/15 by
a VT member from Europe

I have been backpacking in Ecuador five times, but only once I have been in Tena. I really enjoyed the things I did around Tena. I went rafting in Rio Jatunyacu (class 3) and in Rio Jondachi/Hollini (class 4). I also visited two caves, not the most visited one, but Templo de Ceremonia and Lagarto Matiri. In the town it is nice to take a stroll in Parque Amazonico to see all the different plants and butterflies.

I have made 14 tips/reviews about the things I did in Tena, and places were I ate and slept, and transportation. There are also photos. Here is my Tena travel guide:
[original VT link]

answered on 12/20/15 by
a VT member from Europe

During my five visits to Ecuador I have only visited Cuenca once, too, and that was during my first trip in 2011. In Cuenca I visited many museums and churches, and I even took a sight-seeing bus (I usually don't). What I enjoyed most was a daytrip to Cajas national park. I didn't have time to visit the villages around Cuenca, but I know some tourists do. I didn't take a daytrip to Ingapirca from Cuenca, but stayed the night there on my way north.

Here are my travel pages with tips/reviews and photos from these places:
Cuenca: [original VT link]
Cajas National Park: [original VT link]
Ingapirca: [original VT link]

answered on 12/20/15 by
a VT member from Ieper

Hi [VT member 3fbdb],

I'm searching a lot of informations about Ecuador and I'll be going to your travel page, I see you're the only one has most tips here in VT. Our trip still in May next year.

answered on 12/21/15 by
a VT member from Europe

Hello Belinda,
How nice that you are going to Ecuador in May. I have been to Ecuador five times now and love it. And yes, I have written a lot of tips about lots of destination in Ecuador. However, since my last visit (seven weeks in June - August) I have not had time to write many tips, but hope to get more time for new tips and updates after Christmas. I will gladly try to answer any questions you have about Ecuador!

Hello alixlintrepide,
At lunch time you can eat cheap in Ecuador. Many restaurants have a set lunch menu (ask for an almuerzo) which usually include a fruit drink, a soup and a main plate with rice, beans or lentils, some chicken, beef or pork and some salad. Sometimes there is even a small desert. The cheapest lunch I had this year was $2.25 (on Galapagos $4.50).

In Quito I really love the old town. To stroll around between the different plazas, visit churches and museums etc. When you are well acclimatized to high altitude I would recommend a trip with the teleférico up to Cruz Loma abov the city and a hike further up on Rucu Pichincha.
As for other places I have visited in Ecuador I have made a travel page about Quito: [original VT link]

On my profile page ([original VT link]) I have made a list of all places I have written tips about in Ecuador. Click on the blue square "see more", to see the full list.

answered on 3/9/16 by
a VT member from Ecuador

Dear Alix,

If you wan to see some special things, and some off the beaten track attractions, you have different budget Day Tours around Quito here : [original link]

If you nee more information don't hesitate to ask, I live in Ecuador since 4 years and can give you some tips !

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