2 weeks in the capital, 2 weeks on the beach!

In 2017, when WiFi Tribe first ventured to Ecuador, we decided to live right on the beach. In 2018, we tried out living in the capital, Quito. This year, we’re doing both! We’ll spend the first 2 weeks in Quito, and the last 2 weeks on the beach in Montañita. Oh… and the Galapagos? Something tells me that’s where you’ll find us on our gap week!


SOUTH AMERICA’S ADVENTURE QUARTER

Ecuador might be small, but it packs a serious punch. From the Andean highlands to its coastal beach towns, or the Amazon jungle to the world'-famous Galapagos Islands; no other Latin country packs so much natural diversity and wildly different scenery into so little space.

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Venture into the Amazon

In 2017, Cristina, an Ecuadorian Tribe member took us into the Amazon. We hiked through the rainforest, climb waterfalls, zip-lined across valleys, learned about amazonian Tribes and wildlife, Kayaked down the river, and took a swing of faith at the ‘End of the World’. 

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Explore the Andean Highlands

Witness surreal landscapes you’ve never seen before. Awe-inspiring scenery of patchwork fields with a backdrop of majestic mountains. Turquoise lakes in craters of dormant volcanoes. Challenge yourself to hike one of Ecuadors perfectly conical volcanoes.

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Live in a beach Town

We’ll be living in the lively beach town of Montañita for the last two weeks of the chapter! It’s the perfect place to learn to surf and to soak up latin beach life. Streets and shores dotted with bars and cabanas serving up the local brews. Indulge in the delicious street food, jive to latin guitar jams and experience your first beach party!

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The Galapagos Islands

We highly recommend one of our favourite adventures for the gap week: Take a trip to one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems. The Galapagos are an isolated group of volcanic islands, almost untouched by humans, where Darwin famously studied evolution. 

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the origin of species

Charles Darwin studied variations of species on the different Islands of the Galapagos archipelago. This informed his theory of evolution by natural selection.

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Stranger than fiction

Blue feet, red balloons… an underwater lizard? The inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands are unique in the world. Meet the Blue-Footed Boobie, the Fragata, and come face-to-face with walking proof that dinosaurs once roamed the earth.

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We are but guests here

These animals never learned to fear humans because we were not part of their evolution. You’ve never come this close to wildlife.

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Dare to dive in?

The underwater world of the Galapagos is just as magical as what you see on land. Dive with hammer heads, swim with a whale shark, play with a sea lion, and watch a turtle graze. Whether you’re a certified diver, or prefer to stick with snorkeling, you’ll see things you’ve never seen before.

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Week 1 & 2: IN the capital…

For the first half of the chapter, we’re staying in the best possible location in Quito! Quiet, but just a few walking minutes away from all the action. We’ll be spread across a few apartments.

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…Week 3 & 4: on the beach

For the second half of the chapter, we’ll be living right on the beach! Think, beach workouts, surfing lessons, and a good dose of nightlife.

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If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to live in Quito as a ‘digital nomad’, including internet speeds, cost of living, and coworking spaces, have a look at Nomad List’s guide. The pace of life is more relaxed here and although we do our best to have good WiFi in the apartments, stability can sometimes be an issue in Ecuador. Of course, we always have internet backups; MiFi devices with mobile data in all our homes to make sure that we can keep working productively if there are any stability issues.


READY TO JOIN OUR TRIBE IN ECUADOR?

Feb 15 - Mar 15

If you're interested in our Ecuador chapter, please apply here first. If you're already a WiFi Tribe member, please just send us an email and we can reserve your room in Ecuador!

Ecuador is a Tier 1 chapter. 4-week prices start from:

PRIVATE ROOM: $1400

SHARED ROOM: $900

Note: the rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All shared rooms are between 2-3 people.


Logistics & what to expect

City | Beach | Carnival | Mountains | Jungle | Galapagos | Surf

  • For the first time, we’ll be splitting a chapter into two locations and staying in each for two weeks:

    • Quito - Ecuador’s capital

    • Montañita - a lively beach town

  • Paid bus transfer between the two locations

  • Accommodation: Multiple apartments across two buildings in Quito. Several villas side-by-side in Montañita.

  • Work space: space at the apartments in Quito and a central work space area in Montañita

  • Internet: local speeds typically between 7-10 Mb (higher speeds at our accommodation)

  • Tribe members: 18

  • Chapter manager: Alex

  • Pace: relaxed beach vibes to exciting carnival parties

For more general details see the Nomadlist’s pages for Quito and Montañita


I’M NEW TO THIS… HOW DOES IT WORK?

WiFi Tribe has an annual membership model: Successful applicants choose how often they want to travel with the tribe within a year and decide what membership they would like. You can find out more about membership prices here.