12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador travel planner

Make it your trip
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Quito
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Guayaquil
— 2 nights
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Quito

— 2 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Quito is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Quito trip itinerary planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Quito is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Quito, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Quito sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 2 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to The Wall of Tears, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Posada de flamengos, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, then step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and finally head off the coast to Las Tintoreras.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil tour planner.

You can fly from Quito to Puerto Villamil in 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Quito to Puerto Villamil. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 3 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, stop by Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Ayora road trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora is 1 hour. In August in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 2 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Dona Pilo, then ponder the design of Swordfish Fountain, then go for a walk through Malecon San Cristobal, and finally admire all the interesting features of Interpretation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, then make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo, then see what you can catch with Galapagos Fan Dive, and finally don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Guayaquil

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Escultura Ana Villamil Ycaz, admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, then enjoy breathtaking views from La Perla, and finally wander the streets of Las Penas.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Guayaquil trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil takes 4 hours. While traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Guayaquil, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Parks

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.