12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Guayaquil
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Cuenca
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Quito
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

1
night
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, and then take a stroll through Las Penas.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Guayaquil online itinerary maker .

Kansas City, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Guayaquil is 1 hour. In May, Guayaquil is somewhat warmer than Kansas City - with highs of 88°F and lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Parque Seminario ©
Parque Seminario

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Charles Darwin, stroll through Cerro Tijeretas, and then learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oro.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno route website .

You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in May, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galeria Aymara and Maprae. Get in touch with nature at Charles Darwin Research Station and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at El Garrapatero, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Exotico Ecuador, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in May, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, then examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cuenca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in May, expect nights in Cuenca to be colder, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes ©
Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Quito attractions website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Quito in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in May, Quito is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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