For backpackers in Ecuador, there are two main questions: Where do I stay, and how do I save up for it? Staying in this country on a shoestring can prove challenging, and while some hotels let travelers on a budget work for their accommodation, it’s inevitable that you will have to pay for a hotel on at least some of the nights you’re here. This can be an enormous drain on a traveler’s budget. Here, we’ve gathered together some of the best-value options for a cheap stay in Ecuador.
Located in the bustling Mariscal district, Blue House has been a favorite with travelers for some time now. With spacious common areas and a location within easy walking distance of many tourist attractions, as well as bars, restaurants, and clubs, this hostel is something of a hub for backpackers in Quito.
The party HQ in the city of Canoa, Coco Loco has a fun atmosphere and is located right in front of the beach. You will have to share a room and a bathroom, but it’s a fun place to stay. The owner, a seasoned traveler who knows the local ways, has some great advice. For $6 a night, you can’t beat this place. It also has pool tables and outdoor areas.
A rustic ambience and good coffee make this backpackers’ hub in the beautiful city of Cuenca an institution for locals and travelers alike. The friendliness of the staff makes it a great destination where you can get advice or meet your next traveling partner.
It can be overwhelming to find yourself in this remote town in the border with Colombia, as it’s definitely off the beaten path. The best place to stay here is La Perla, a good hotel with decent rooms that just costs $16 a night including hot water, cable TV, comfortable beds, and air conditioning.
This ecolodge offers one of the best breakfasts you will experience, with unlimited great coffee. Don’t be put off by the eco-toilet. Once you learn how to use it, it’s actually pretty practical, and it’s great for the environment. This hostel is located in the outskirts of Tena, gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon, and is one the best places to stay on a budget.
This quirky backpackers’ haven is a block away from the beach and is the beating heart of this laid-back surfers’ town. Its bamboo structure and the hammocks by the balcony make it one of the best places to hang out in Mompiche, which has one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
New hostel, friendly staff, and a location near to one of the most famous beaches in the country; what else could you wish for? Mauna offers suites, and there are deals for newcomers and for people wanting to stay in the area for a little longer.
Aleida’s Hostel is a great place to stay. It’s family-friendly and is located in the central, yet quiet neighborhood of La Floresta in Quito. It has 12 rooms and costs under $15 a night.
At under $15 a night, La Petite Auberge offers a perfect balance between proximity to restaurants and activities in Banos, and enough distance to give you some peace and quiet, should you need it.
This hostel, located in the Urdesa district of the city of Guayaquil, has a good vibe in a city where good hostels are scarce. Its pool is an added bonus, as the city’s tropical, humid climate can make it a bit stuffy at times.