Hostel Revolution

Los Rios N13-11 y Julio Castro, Quito, Ecuador

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    This is a fantastic new hostel in the old town made by backpackers and for backpackers. It is small to medium size with three dorm rooms and two privates, the dorm rooms are excellent value at $5 a bed. The house is a renovated historical building with a rooftop terrace with fab views. The beds are very comfortable, there are modern bathrooms with hot showers 24hrs. It has a shared kitchen with all the facilities you need, there is a tv lounge with dvds also. The best thing for me was the bar and the chance to socialise with the friendly staff and other guests, though there were not many people there as I was one of the first customers. Great tunes and a very friendly vibe.
    The rooms dont have private bathrooms and the private rooms are usually booked. In the morning a bit of traffic passed by but it didnt bother me. The rooms are on the floor above the bar so when there are people partying you dont hear it because they shut the doors to keep in the noise. this hostel is great for those travelling alone or with little English, the people that run the place backpacked around south america so they gave me lots of advice. Probably not the first choice for people wanting privacy and not into the socialising thing. the area is quiet at night but a couple of good restaurants closeby. At night I went out with the staff after drinks at the bar. The Mariscal area is best for the nightlife but it is really close and only $1.50 -$2 by taxi or you can catch the bus and be there in about 10 minutes. The best thing is that you are right on the edge of the historical center, and that is where all the things to see are. The Mariscal has too many tourists and really only good for bars and western food.
    A real backpacker hostel suited more to the young or young at heart.

    Directions: see the webpage

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Forum Posts

Galapagos short trip

by clive333


i am thinking of going to lima with a friend in February 2008 and i wanted information on a trip to the galapagos islands for a few days. Has anyone had a trip there and can tell me what the trips are like and the duration? I want to book the trip when i am in Quito so has anyone done this and have any good suggestions for tourist agency there.

Kindest regards


Re: Galapagos short trip

by TheTravelSlut

I did a 4 night cruise of the Galapagos and 2 nights in Quito in June 2007 and loved it!

I've posted some photos and a trip report of the Yacht Isabela II ship that sails from Baltra.

Accomodations in the Galapagos are scarce at times since it is 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador.

Be sure to check to see what season it is for mating, etc. as some islands are closed to tourism during these times.

Re: Galapagos short trip

by clive333

I meant to say i am going to Quito not Lima.

Also anyone know prices of local agency trips?


Re: Galapagos short trip

by clive333

hello the travelslut(by the way good name)

So where is Baltra and where is it near? also please tell me how much is the cruise and what is consists of?


Re: Galapagos short trip

by TheTravelSlut

Baltra is the location of the main airport for Aerogal, etc. near the 2nd largest island--Santa Cruz.

It is where the main harbor holds the various cruiseships in the area.

I can't quote any prices for other cruiseships but I was paying about $250 a day on a very special deal, not including the $100 per person park entrance fee.

I think much has to do with the time of year and what is available.

Have you done any research on tour companies that handle the cruiseships?

Re: Galapagos short trip

by Catch_Cat

We are also looking at trip to the Galapagos around the same time, I've been quoted $400 US dollars for 4 night - 5 day trip, staying on an island (not a cruise) and doing day trips. How is your spanish? I've been in touch with an agency I've found on this link:

But all communication is in Spanish... see how you go. Good luck!

Travel Tips for Quito

Post Office

by acemj

On the northern side of La Mariscal on Reina Victoria, you'll find this post office, which is a convenient place from which to mail off postcards back home to friends and family. I believe it was something like a dollar a postcard to the US and it took a week or so to arrive.

Ecuadorian water heater...

by SwedishViking

This is a photo of the shower in my hostel in Quito. The shower nozzle is connected with two electrical wires to produce heat. When I turned the water on it started to sparkle but the water was hot…
Water and electricity is not a good combination but seems to work fine anyway.
I prayed that the electrical wires wouldn’t fell off and give me an electrical kiss…

Clothes for Quito

by lenoreva

Ecuadorians tend to dress conservatively, and even if they wear jeans, the jeans are ironed and look pristine. You don't need to wear anything too fancy. Just don't wear anything that looks torn and shabby.

I would recommend bringing clothing that is easy to layer. It can become quite warm if the sun is shining and 10 min later be cold if the sun is behind a cloud. I don't recall it raining that much - although it can be overcast during the "rainy season". I think a rain proof jacket and an umbrella should do. There are a couple of nights a year where it gets below 0 F, but for the most part, you won't need a heavy coat. If you find yourself colder than you anticipated, you can always buy big warm sweaters in Otavalo.

Plaza de San Francisco

by mikey_e

La Plaza de San Francisco is, obviously, dominated by the Monasterio de San Francisco, but it is still an interesting part of the city in its own right. In particular, the number of tourists who come to the Plaza to see the Church attracts a host of entrepreneurs and children. There is a pretty fountain in the centre of the raised plaza, which provides ample opportunity for pictures. It would be good practice not to flash valuables or electronics too openly here, as the number of tourists is undoubtedly attractive for pickpockets as well.

Only the Best Bar in the Mariscal

by parana about Huaina

This place is laid back and serves up some of the least expensive drinks in the Mariscal.

Tuesday and Wednesday it's pretty dead, but Thursday through Saturday the "dance floor" (an empty space in between the tables) is packed. The music ranges from Reggaeton to Madonna, with Michael Jackson almost always making an appearance. The dj will take requests.

The bartenders are very friendly and accommodating. The drinks are strong and varied. If what you want is not on the menu, ask them to make it for you.

Closed on Sunday and Monday.


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