Planning Guide

Our team has travelled all over the country in search of the best experiences travelers can enjoy. Our Ecuador itineraries are really just the starting point for you to add your own adventures! You’re in charge and can adjust your Wanderbus plans as you go.

ROUTE TIMETABLES

Now you’ve got an idea of where you’ll start, how long you’ll travel for and what you might do. 😎

Now take a look at our route timetables. Each Wanderbus pass is made up of from 1 to 4 routes. Along each route, you can choose to hop off at the intermediate stops along the way (for example, Quilotoa, Guayaquil or Alausí for the Devil’s Nose Train).

Quito - Baños Route

Available departures from Quito: 6:00 – 7:00 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Pickup Points

Point 1: Plaza Gabriela mistral 6:00 – 6:05 am. View map
Point 2: Plaza Foch 6:05 – 6:15 am. View map
Point 3: Plaza Belmonte 6:30 – 6:40 am. View map

Schedule

6:00 -7:00 Pick up Quito
8:30 – 11:30 Visit Cotopaxi National park
12:00 – 12:45 Visit Pujili charming town and lunch.
14:45 – 17:00 Visit Quilotoa
19:30 – 20:00 Arrive in Baños

Baños - Cuenca Route

Available departures from Baños: 6:30 – 7:00 (Tuesday, Thursday y Saturday)

Pickup Points

Point 1: Parque la basílica 6:30 – 6:40 am. View map
Point 2: Baños bus terminal 6:45 – 6:55 am. View map

Schedule

6:30 – 7:00 Depart from Baños
10:00 – 11:00 Visit a local market
12:30 – 15:00 Visit Ozogoche lagoons and lunch.
19:30 – 20:00 Arrive in Cuenca

** Those who wish to take the train hop off at Alausi

Cuenca - Montañita Route

Available departures from Cuenca: 6:30 – 7:00 (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

Pickup Points

Point 1: Calle Larga y Presidente Borrero (in front of museo Remigio Crespo Toral) 6:20 – 6:30 am. View map
Point 2: Parque calderón 6:40 – 6:50 am. View map

Schedule

6:30 – 7:00 Depart from Cuenca
8:00 – 9:30 Visit Cajas national park
11:30 – 13:00 Visit a cacao hacienda and lunch
14:30 – 15:30 Arrive at Guayaquil to drop people who stay here.
18:00 – 18:30 Arrive at Montañita

Montañita - Quito Route

Available departures from Montañita: 6:30 – 7:00 (Thursday, Saturday, Monday)

Pickup Points

Point 1: Big parking lot at the end of montanite where the monument of the surfer is located. 6:30 – 6:40 am
Point 2: Main Street in front of Tiki Limbo 6:45 – 6:55 am. View map

Schedule

6:30 – 7:00 Depart from Montañita
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast in Puerto Lopez
18:30 – 19:00 Arrive at Quito

POSSIBLE HOP OFF POINTS

The Wanderbus makes it easy to hop on and hop off wherever you are in Ecuador. If you stay in the “tourist-friendly” neighbourhoods of Quito, Baños, Cuenca and Montañita, then our points will always be within a 5-10 minute walk of your accommodation.

When you hop off at one of our stops, your guide will clarify what day and what time the next Wanderbus will be passing through. The only thing we can’t do is let you on or drop you off at stops that aren’t part of our itineraries and schedules. We are not a public transport company and value the experience of our Wanderbus passengers travelling together. Last but not least, we will always put your safety first.

Guayaquil 15:00 – 15:15 (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

At Café de Tere restaurant in front the airport (address: Hermano Miguel, Guayaquil). It’s a very famous place, ask any local or taxi driver for the one in front of the airport. View map

Cotopaxi 10:45 – 11:00 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

South Entrance to the National Park (accessed from the Panamericana E35)

Quilotoa 16:45 – 17:00 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Outside the craft gallery

Ozogoche/ Alausi 16:00 – 16:30 (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

In Alausi at the train station (View map) and in Ozogoche at the entrance of the national park and lagoons.

Riobamba 8:10 – 8:30 (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

In the Plaza Roja, Cristóbal Colón y José Orozco. View map

TIPS FOR YOUR PLANNING

1. Know your starting point.

If you’re coming overland from Peru, your start point will be Guayaquil or Montañita. If entering overland from Colombia, you’ll start in Quito. If you want to start anywhere else, you can!

2. Plan how many days you want to travel in Ecuador for.

This will help you to know which of our Passes is the best for you.

3. Choose where you want to go and what you to do.

Don’t overlook Quito. It’s a great city to explore for a couple of days, but then again, Ecuador has loads to offer!

Cotopaxi

You need two days to summit the volcano and need to be acclimatized. There are no hostels inside the National Park. Please get in touch to plan your adventure.

Quilotoa

You need four days to the do the entire ‘loop’. But in two days you can explore the whole area on great treks, and kayaking in the crater lake. We can advise you.

Baños

The adventure capital of Ecuador! There are loads of activities. If you’re really into adventure, two days won’t be enough. For a visit to the Amazon rainforest, we strongly recommend going for at least 3 days. There are also 1-day trips down to Puyo and back.

Riobamba

The jumping-off point for Chimborazo Volcano and for discovering indigenous cultures and rural ways.

Ozogoche and Alausí

We recommend taking two days to camp or stay with the community of Ozogoche and also take the Devil’s Nose train ride. It departs twice daily in the mornings.

Cuenca

A great city to enjoy art, architecture, music, crafts and more. Or take to the nearby hills for all sorts of adventures. Also the Ingapirca ruins to the north.

Guayaquil

Often overlooked but young, fun, dynamic and with captivating pockets of green spaces. Easy to connect with national and international flights, including the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Islands

Plan on at least 3 nights to do this stunning archipelago justice. We can help you book some great island-hopping tours or cruises.

Montañita

Famed for its party atmosphere, great stretch of beach with good surfing and laid-back vibe. Many people plan to stay for a few days and end up staying for weeks!

Puerto López

An important port for fishing on the Pacific Coast, it’s got a decent beach and good restaurants to sample the local cuisine. Jumping off point for Isla de la Plata (the “poor man’s Galapagos”), whale-watching trips (June to September), and exploring the coast further north.

4. Choose your pass!

Once you book your pass, you’ll be able to log in to your account and adapt it to the way you want to travel the country. You will be able to choose the day you want to depart from every stop according to our timetables, and select your pick up point(s) in each town along our routes

5. Adapt your trip according to our timetables

But don’t stress if you have doubts: you can change your itinerary as many times as you like for no extra cost.

6. Make or change your booking

Make sure to confirm your bus or any changes you want to make at least 24 hours before departure so that we have time to organise access to national parks, meals with the local communities, logistics, etc. You won’t be able to change your departure date from any point less than 24 hours before departure.

DEPARTURE DAYS

1

Monday:
QUITO > Baños

Tuesday:
Baños > Cuenca

Wednesday:
Cuenca > Montañita

Thursday:
Montañita > Quito

2

Wednesday:
QUITO > Baños

Thursday:
Baños > Cuenca

Friday:
Cuenca > Montañita

Saturday:
Montañita > Quito

3

Friday:
QUITO > Baños

Saturday:
Baños > Cuenca

Sunday:
Cuenca > Montañita

Monday:
Montañita > Quito

Important

1) Please remember, if you hop off at a stop along the way, your departure day will be the same as that route’s starting point, and according to the timetable shown above. For example, if you hop off at Quilotoa Crater, on the Quito-Baños route, you will need to hop on again on the same days as the Quito-Baños route (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Please check our Pick-Up & Drop-off times and locations.

2) Each route has a different operation day, so please make sure you check on what day the route you want to take operates.

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