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!
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]
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]
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.
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!
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.
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 !