Why Wander With Us
BE WISE. TRAVEL…
It’s your trip – plan it how you want to
Convenient drop-off and pick-up points; book and change your pass online as many times as you want
Don’t risk public transport – Our buses, drivers and guides are safe and reliable
Time is precious, whether you’ve got 3 days or 3 weeks, we’ve got the pass for you
The fun begins the minute you board the Wanderbus with our guide and like-minded travellers
THE BEST OF ECUADOR
Visit must-see destinations and hidden gems and get a true impression of the variety of Ecuador and its people
MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE
Safer than public transport, cheaper than tour operators!
A recent World Economic Forum report shows that Ecuador has some of the best natural resources in the world, but that transportation doesn’t measure up.
This is why:
Public buses are cheap but often fall prey to pickpockets, they’re prone to accidents, and have unreliable timetables. On top of all that, it takes you three times longer than it should to get you where you want to go!
Be wise – value your time, and your new camera!
Tour operators offer safety and quality, but are regimented and pricey. Connectivity between destinations is poor and, at the end of the day, it’s just a typical tour with no flexibility or opportunity to be spontaneous.
Be wise – stay true to your individuality, and your budget!
We hand-pick the best of everything in the market. Our great-value passes pick the smartest routes around the must-see destinations, stopping along the way at off-the-beaten track spots for local experiences and once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
Be wise – travel flexible!
If you find something cheaper that includes all of our stops we’ll match the price!
WANDER WITH THE EXPERTS
The Wanderbus was formed by an A-Team of travel experts and innovators. Some of us are Ecuadorians by birth, others by long-held affection for the country; what we all share is a love for each of its regions, and a frustration that some of the most spectacular of its attractions have been inaccessible to those who want to see them the most. That is, until now.
Combining our experiences from our travels around the world and our expertise in different professional fields, we came up with a way to share the Ecuador that we know and love with other passionate travellers.
Our safety record is one of the top reasons travellers choose the Wanderbus. We know that safety is a great concern for those on the road in foreign countries, particularly in Ecuador where public transport sadly has a poor track record in road accidents and tourists are targeted in petty crime.
Wanderbus safety measures:
- All our trips are led by experienced, professional guides
- We only use new, comfortable buses (reclining seats are a comfy bonus!)
- We perform maintenance checks on them every week – faulty buses are often the cause of accidents in Ecuador
- All our drivers are background-checked and certified
- We know exactly who is on the bus and do not make unscheduled stops to pick up strangers
LOCAL LIFE & CULTURE
We’ve designed our itineraries with great care to combine some of Ecuador’s must-see destinations (like Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, Baños, Cuenca and the beaches…) lots of stops along the way created to share a vision of Ecuador’s immensely varied geography and people, living it through the eyes of the locals. We’ve included as many of these stops as possible so that, with the help of your guide, you can get in touch with local communities and enjoy a true impression of the variety of Ecuador and its people.
- On the Quito-Baños route, for example, we stop at the small town of Pujilí where we meet an artisan in his workshop designing amazing Corpus Christi costumes and wander the Friday market.
- On the Baños-Cuenca route, we get way off the beaten track to visit the Ozogoche Lakes, high up in the páramo of Sangay National Park, where we wander in the wilds and meet the women who’ll make us a hearty, home-cooked lunch.
LIVE NEW EXPERIENCES
We know that independent travel is all about discovering new places, new cultures, new foods, new friends. All our Wanderbus passes are conceived with this idea in the mind. With us you’ll…
- Hike at over 4,000 m (13.000 ft)
- Cook a typical coastal breakfast
- Learn to interact in Spanish and Quichua
- Discover the source of chocolate Bungee, bike or raft in Baños
- Try new foods like hornado and delicious ice-creams
- Visit local markets Meet remote, indigenous communities
The footprint we leave on our surroundings and on the communities we encounter is paramount to us and a pillar of the Wanderbus vision.
The majority of Ecuadorians have never travelled around their own country, seeing the beautiful lakes, the massive volcanoes and the steaming jungles that have brought it international fame. That includes a lot of tourism students, many of whom also very rarely have the opportunity to practice English.
That’s why for every 40 passengers who board the Wanderbus, we’ll bring a tourism student along for the ride with us to give them a chance to practice their English and learn more about their beautiful country. There’s a chance to share a meal with the communities we visit along the way, you’ll get to meet and swap ideas with true Ecuadorians.
We support local communities with their tourism infrastructure and hire local drivers and guides, encouraging them to improve their English and broaden their skillset.
Want to give back?
Get stuck in to the local culture, learn new ways of thinking, and share your own valuable experiences with a volunteering programme.
Contact us for more information