12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Quito
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Otavalo
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Cuenca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Guayaquil
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  8​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

3
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.
Quito is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, examine the collection at Intinan Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco).

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Quito trip planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Quito is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Philadelphia in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Quito: highs are around 72°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

1
night
Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
On the 8th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Otavalo Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Condor Park, and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Otavalo route planning site .

Drive from Quito to Otavalo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche
Otavalo Market ©
Otavalo Market

3
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, then view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, then admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and finally contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, and then get engrossed in the history at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca day trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Otavalo to Cuenca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in November, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
Rio Tomebamba ©
Rio Tomebamba

4
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, walk around Parque Seminario, experience rural life at Hacienda La Danesa Lodge, and wander the streets of Las Penas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Guayaquil trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in November, things will get a bit warmer in Guayaquil: highs are around 87°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

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