I'm going to Ecuador and will be volunteering in the oriente for two months but then I will have a little less than a month after that, with no set plans, before I return home. I want to backpack on foot and travel some by bus, when necessary, but I was wondering if anybody had some feedback on using a tent and not always staying in a town. Does anybody who's done this in Ecuador or anywhere else in South America have any advice? Thanks a lot,
Hotel rooms are cheap and since you won't have a car how are you going to get out into the into the countryside, trek how far/to where/all alone?
Plus Ecuador isn't the safest place these days sad to say.
If you're serious about saving money buying a hammock while you're there might be worth wile depending.
I could be wrong and things have improved immeasurably since I was last there but your best bet in the jungle/mountains is to travel in the company of a local-a paid one if necessary.
better you spend your money for bus and inexpensiv hostals instead for a tent and all the things you would need for camping.
Bus, hostals and restaurants are still cheap in Ecuador.
Thanks for the feedback, and here's some additional info: I'm going to already be out by Puyo, at the Arutam preserve, when I am volunteering, and from there I wanted to hike some. I am an avid hiker already so I already have most of the gear I would need and I wouldn't need to buy stuff unless there's specific things for the area that I should have. I am trying to find out about safety issues and I'm hoping the people I meet at Arutam will have good advice about what specific areas are safe and such. With that said, has anyone else camped out while hiking through Ecuador or anywhere? or any other handy advice? Thanks