Accommodation in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
One of the things that can make or break a holiday is where you’ll be sleeping each night, so we put a lot of effort into finding places where our Rickshaw travellers can happily lay their heads at the end of a long day exploring.
Whether you’re in mainland Ecuador or cruising through the Galapagos Islands, there’s a range of different hotels, lodges and boats to choose from.
We’ve even categorised them to make it a little easier to understand.
We’re always on the lookout for comfortable, small-scale accommodation throughout Ecuador, giving our travellers a true taste of Ecuadorian hospitality, whilst supporting local business along the way.
We like hotels with a bit of character and a good location, and happily, we’ve found plenty of options which fit the bill. In many places, you can also treat yourself so something a little special, whether that’s a higher class of hotel, or perhaps something in a unique location or style.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a little luxury, so in some places, we offer the chance to upgrade to something a little more ‘upmarket’. This could be a stylish colonial hotel in Quito’s Old Town, a beautiful hacienda on the outskirts of Otavalo or a boutique spa hotel in the cloud forest near Mindo.
The majority of our Ecuador accommodation sits in this category. Well-located, clean and warm hotels or lodges with plenty of local character. Often these properties are within walking distance to the centre of a town, or provide a pleasant rural retreat where you can connect with nature. Expect a comfy bed, a friendly welcome and a hearty breakfast each morning.
Occasionally, particularly in rural areas, the accommodation options are more limited and a little rough around the edges – these are sometimes our favourite places though! Usually these will be in a lovely out of the way location, with bags of character and a very genuine feel to them. You’ll still have a comfortable private room and a good breakfast, of course. The best example would be the lodges you’ll stay in whilst trekking in the Quilotoa region.
Sometimes hotels and lodges can be difficult to categorise, since they offer something truly unique in addition to our usual considerations. It seems a little unfair just to put them in a category, so we also call them our ‘Special Stays’. These include a highland resort with its own thermal pools, a Hobbit-style lodge next to a waterfall on the outskirts of Baños, and a charming hacienda surrounded by farmland with views of the Cotopaxi Volcano.
Sailing in the Galapagos Islands
Our partners at Intrepid own and operate two comfortable, air-conditioned, mid-sized boats in the Galapagos. Each sleeps up to 16 passengers in en-suite twin or double cabins with views out to sea, alongside a local crew of nine, including an expert naturalist guide. All of your food will be freshly-prepared on-board during your cruise, and you’ll also have a communal lounge, sun deck and bar, so you can enjoy a drink after a long day swimming with sea lions.
The much-loved Daphne is Intrepid’s original Galapagos boat, and has everything you’ll need to explore the islands in comfort. There are 4 private cabins on the lower deck and 4 on the upper, catering for a range of budgets. In mid-2020, Daphne will be replaced by Le Grand Daphne – a sleek, brand new vessel. More to follow soon……
First launched in June 2018, this beautifully finished vessel offers a little more luxury whilst you’re sailing through the Galapagos Islands. All cabins have large sea-facing windows, whilst the 4 cabins on the upper deck each have a private balcony where you can watch the world go by. The ‘Grand Queen Bea’ also features à la carte dining and a sun deck jacuzzi.