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Ecuadorian Breakfast – 22 Best Breakfast in Ecuador You Need To Try

Ecuadorian Breakfast – Home to the beautiful Galapagos Islands and some of the most beautiful and exotic animals and nature in the world, Ecuadorian food and the traditional breakfast in Ecuador (rice, plantains, mote pillo and more) are the next things that we get curious about.

Let’s look at Ecuador, another of Latin America’s top travel destinations and their delicious cuisines and its traditional breakfast in Ecuador to try.

What is a typical Ecuadorian breakfast?

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Bolon, a traditional Ecuadorian breakfast in the Amazon Region

A traditional Ecuadorian breakfast reminds us of food in Colombia – bread, eggs, cheese, coffee and dulce (jam). For a bigger Ecuadorian breakfast, hominy (mote pillo) with eggs is a typical breakfast in Ecuador as well.

While lunch or almuerzo is considered the biggest meal of the day, a breakfast in Ecuador can be as light or heavy as you want it to be, and differs from what is easily available in your region. A typical, regional Ecuadorian breakfast can be tuna soup or encebollado, ceviche and fried fish with rice and plantains, and other types of vegetables like habas or fava beans, corn, yuca or cassava.

In this post below, you’ll see different types of food that are eaten as breakfast in Ecuador. Food and more travel guides to Ecuador included as well.

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Getting a Sim Card at Quito Airport – Ecuadorian Breakfast

For tourists, we don’t recommend getting your sim card for Ecuador at Quito airport. For ease of purchase, you can buy an eSim online. That is if your phone supports the eSIM capability. The alternative is to go around to look at various phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Quito.

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Where to Stay in Ecuador – Best Breakfast in Ecuador

There are many types of accommodation you can choose from when in Ecuador. You can find hostels offering fair comfort for a cheap price. You can get a dorm for $8-10 USD. There are rooms available mid-budget for $30-40 USD and if you prefer luxury accommodation starting from $60 USD.

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Top Traditional Breakfast in Ecuador

1. Pan de Yuca – Ecuadorian Breakfast

Pan de yuca
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Pan de Yuca is a tapioca flour-based Ecuadorian cheese bread. Pan de Yuca bread is perfect for an afternoon snack and breakfast with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.

2. Bolon de Verde

traditional Ecuadorian breakfast in the Amazon region, Bolon de Verde

Bolon de Verde is a traditional Ecuadorian breakfast or side dish.

Bolon literally means large ball while verde means green. Bolon are green plantain dumplings filled with cheese and either chicharron or chorizo.

Bolon de verde is typically eaten with fried eggs, hot sauce and some coffee.

3. Huevos al horno

This is a dish made with baked eggs and is often served with vegetables and cheese.

4. Bollos

Cornmeal balls filled with cheese or other fillings and steamed in a banana leaf.

5. Panqueques

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Thin, crepe-like pancakes that are often served with fruit, syrup, and butter.

6. Empanadas

Savory pastries filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables.

7. Ceviche

A dish made with raw fish or seafood that has been marinated in lime juice and mixed with onions, tomatoes, and cilantro.

8. Fanesca

A rich and flavorful soup made with beans, grains, and a variety of spices and topped with a variety of toppings, including fried eggs, avocado, and cheese. Fanesca is traditionally eaten during the Easter holiday.

9. Menestra

A stew made with beans, vegetables, and a variety of meats.

10. Llapingachos

Fried potato cakes are often served with a fried egg and avocado.

11. Churrasco

Grilled meat, usually beef, is served with rice, beans, and avocado.

12. Arroz con Leche

Rice pudding made with milk, sugar, and cinnamon.

These are just a few examples of traditional breakfast dishes in Ecuador. Many of these dishes are hearty and filling and are often served with a variety of accompaniments such as fresh fruit, bread, or cheese.

13. Granola

A type of cereal made with oats, nuts, and dried fruit.

14. Yogurt

A type of fermented milk product that is often served with fruit or granola.

15. Arepas

Cornmeal cakes are often served with cheese, butter, or eggs.

16. Tamales – Breakfast in Ecuador

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tamales – typical breakfast in Ecuador

Cornmeal cakes are filled with meat or vegetables and wrapped in a banana leaf.

17. Tostadas

Toast is made with a variety of toppings, such as butter, jam, or avocado.

These are just a few examples of the many different breakfast foods that are popular in Ecuador. There is a wide variety of options to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that you enjoy.

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18. Jugo de frutas / Juices in Ecuador – Best Breakfast in Ecuador

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Fruit Juices – Breakfast in Ecuador

It would help if you tried fruit juices in Ecuador. You will find them everywhere as street food. Depending on the flavors, prices are around $2-3 USD for a small glass. Lulo with citrus flavor, and Guanabana creamy flavor and is one of the most popular. Tomate de Arbol means tomato tree and more options. Just try all of them and choose your favorite one!

19. Batidos / Smoothies

Batidos (Smoothies) is a drink made with seasonal fruit mixed with powdered milk in Ecuador. Smoothies are made with milk instead of water. Choose your favorite seasonal fruit like mango, banana, and papaya. All of them are delicious and prices are around $2-3 USD.

20. Coconut Water

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Coconut water is a must to try in Ecuador. You will see street vendors at the beach passing by with coconut water and when you are under the sun is so refreshing plus so healthy.

21. Ecuadorian Coffee

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Ecuadorian Coffee is really good. Ecuadorian most popular coffee is Arabica coffee in the Western foothills of the Andes South of Guayaquil. You will find many places to visit around and we recommend you to visit a farm where you will learn about how they pick their coffee and where is exported and of course, you will try it!

22. Café con Leche

Ecuadorian Breakfast - 22 Best Breakfast in Ecuador You Need To Try

A traditional coffee drink made with milk.

Best Time To Visit Ecuador

In Ecuador, the dry season, which runs from June to September, is the best time to visit the Galápagos Islands and the coast. The wet season, from October to May, is the best time to visit the Amazon rainforest and the Andes Mountains.

The weather in Ecuador can vary greatly depending on the region, but in general, the country has two main seasons: a dry season and a wet season. The dry season is the best time to visit the Galápagos Islands and the coast, as these areas tend to be drier and sunnier during this time. The wet season is the best time to visit the Amazon rainforest and the Andes Mountains, as these areas tend to be wetter and cooler during this time.

Be sure to bring comfortable clothing for you when you’re traveling to Ecuador to accommodate the weather.

Money and Currency in Ecuador

The currency of Ecuador is the United States dollar (USD). Ecuador adopted the US dollar as its official currency in 2000, following a period of severe economic crisis and hyperinflation. Prior to that, the country used the sucre as its currency.

The US dollar is widely accepted in Ecuador, and it is relatively easy to exchange for local currency at banks, currency exchange offices, and some hotels. It is also possible to use credit and debit cards at many businesses in Ecuador, although it is a good idea to have some cash on hand for smaller purchases and in case of emergencies.

When traveling to Ecuador, it is a good idea to bring a mix of cash and credit/debit cards and to inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans to avoid any issues with fraud protection. You should also be aware of exchange rates and fees when converting or using currency, and be cautious when handling cash to avoid theft or loss.

Hope you had a great time learning about breakfast in Ecuador in this post, and til our next guide!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.