Ecuador Tourist Traps

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Ecuador Tourist Traps

  • not many but beware of TAME overbookings

    I’d have to say that Ecuador was all but without any tourist traps whatsoever. In six weeks I only felt taken advantage of one time. Vendors would rush after you to give you the correct change if you somehow “overpaid” and I am talking about ten cents here. No, by and large Ecuadorians are a very fair people. The one bad experience we had was with...

  • The Equator Park - Mitad del Mundo

    Yes, it's a kind of a tourist trap but when you're in Ecuador you should not miss it. Visit the nearby outdoor museum Solar Inti Ñan, where they show you different kind of equator experiments. Some are more and some are less scientific.

  • City of the Middle of the World

    Not far from Quito, the City of the Middle of the World stands exactly at latitude 0º 0´0´´. It is a tourist complex with an obelisk-like monument that hosts a museum on the different ethnical groups of Equator, and the reproduction of an Andean village full of souvenir shops and touristy restaurants. All tourists need their touristy stuff, so...

  • Bahia : Rio Muchacho : not such a trap,...

    This is a place for volontary work in an ecologic farm, also providing instruction for rural kids ... You can do a lot in this farm : if you stay a long time, you will work as a farmer, and you will pay a descent price for living and eating every day.But, if you decide to make only a 2 or 3 days tour... It's a bout 30 USD a day and even if you have...

  • Laguna of Quilotoa : Don't pay ! Ne...

    Some kids will try and make you pay something at the entrance of the area of the Laguna, but there is no mandatory ticket to enjoy the view of the Laguna.Des enfants postes a l'entree du site vous demanderont d'acheter leurs billets pour contempler la Lagune : mais, il n'existe pas de droit d'entree officiel. Unless you want to make a good action...

  • Avenida Amazonas in Quito

    This whole street is one big tourist trap. Sure, you can buy a lot of souveniers here, but they are all overpriced. The only exception to this is El Ejido Park located at the cross-street Patria. On weekends you can go here and get reasonable prices on handicrafts. You can also have a nice stroll here and check out all the artists with their...

  • Mitad del Mundo

    Mitad del Mundo is a monument that sits on the equator. Everyone wants to come here so that they can stand in both hemispheres at once. Which is fine, I mean, I even came here 3 times. It costs 50 cents to get in and then $3 more if you want to take the elevator to the top of the 98 foot high monument and then walk down the stairs through a museum...

  • SECURITY ISSUESFind out where...

    SECURITY ISSUESFind out where the unsafe sectors are and avoid them.Do not go out alone. The chances of getting lost are very high.Be cautious with people who are become very friendly too quickly, or that offer to show you around.Carry traveler checks and credit cards instead of large sums of cash. You can always get replacement checks or cancel...

  • Banos is a lovely little town...

    Banos is a lovely little town set at the foot of the picturesque Tungurahua volcano. So charming is the place that it is always full of tourists, with large contingents of Germans and Brits. You can hardly hear any Spanish spoken in the town center! Having said that, don't miss the opportunity to rent a mountain bike and go downhill to El Paellon...

  • Mitad del Mundo. Just north...

    Mitad del Mundo. Just north of Quito, Mitad del Mundo ('Middle of the Earth') is a monument to the Equator, which runs right through the middle of Ecuador and gives the country its name. If you go to Mitad del Mundo, try not to go on a weekend, or you'll be fighting the crowds to get your picture taken at the monument!

  • The market at Otavalo is a...

    The market at Otavalo is a total tourist trap but a must-see nonetheless. Haggling with vendors is near impossible since they know you have the money if you are there. I really enjoyed it. Other towns along the various main highways specialize in certain crafts and are generally better places to buys crafts & native goods.

  • Otavalo is a tourist trap from...

    Otavalo is a tourist trap from hell but luckily we had a local guide with us that helped us. The small town of Otavalo is famous for its Saturday Indian market, which dates back to pre-Inca times. Otavalo is two to three hours north of Quito by bus. Taxis are the only other way to get to Otavalo from Quito.We found a few items that we liked but...

  • When in Baños do go to the hot...

    When in Baños do go to the hot springs! they are great especially after a day of hiking or mountain biking. BUT, do check at what time they close! (about 16.00h)They don't tell you and we have seen many tourists entering just a few minutes before they pull the plug!

  • Cotacachi is a 'leather' town...

    Cotacachi is a 'leather' town near Otavalo. Famous leather handicrafts that are sold here for incredible (high) prices. It is not worth visiting as you won't see the art of making the products and in the many shops they sell the same things. Often it is included in the tours offered by the agencies in Otavalo, but when exploring on your own, just...

  • The center of the world is not...

    The center of the world is not much more than a cheesy museum and a line painted on the ground to show the 'equator.' I've actually heard they built it about a mile off the real line but hey everyone should go there at least once.

  • Unless you have lots of time...

    Unless you have lots of time and money, or are very into nature, I feel the Galapagos Islands are overrated. Sure, they are amazing and beautiful, but I feel there's much more to be experienced in traveling the rest of the country and getting to know the people and the culture.

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    Av. de las Amazonas, Banos, 2000, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

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  • Coraza

    Abdon Calderon and Sucre (CORNER), Otavalo, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hostal Cabanas Quilotoa

    I stayed two nights at Hostal Cabañas Quilotoa where I paid $12 per night (July 2011) including...

  • Finch Bay Eco Hotel

    Barrio Punta Estrada S/N, Puerto Ayora, 00000, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • CasKaffeSu

    Before going to Mindo I wanted to stay in a place with a nice garden where you can see butterflies...

  • Hostal Los Yutzos

    When I came to the hotel I was shown a room on the ground floor, in a smaller building on the side....


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