10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Cuenca
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Puerto Lopez
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Fly:  8​h
3
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

1
night
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, then examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, then immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and finally contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cuenca trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Cuenca is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in May; daily highs in Cuenca reach 72°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Nature Parks
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Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

2
nights
Puerto Lopez

Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park.
On the 17th (Sun), get outside with Aventuras La Plata, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa de los Frailes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): gain insight at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes and then see the vivid underwater world at Isla de la Plata.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Lopez trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Puerto Lopez takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cuenca in May, expect nights in Puerto Lopez to be much hotter, around 74°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Playa de los Frailes, Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Isla de la Plata ©
Isla de la Plata
Aventuras La Plata ©
Aventuras La Plata

1
night
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, then take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil online tour planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Puerto Lopez to Puerto Villamil in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Lopez to Puerto Villamil. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

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Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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1
night
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Garrapatero.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora online day trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. In May, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Laguna las Ninfas ©
Laguna las Ninfas
Fishing Charters & Tours
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero

2
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Tijeretas, then kick back and relax at Playa de Oro, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo, stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, then stroll through Playa Mann, and finally learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip site .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. May in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

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nights
Quito

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, then stroll around Parque La Carolina, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of El Palacio de Gobierno, appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, and finally admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Metropolitano.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Quito day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito takes 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in May, with highs in Quito at 71°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Horseback Riding Tours
Walking tours

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