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:  12​h
End: Kansas City

1
night
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario, get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, and then take a stroll through Las Penas.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Guayaquil trip planner .

Kansas City, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kansas City in October, things will get a bit warmer in Guayaquil: highs are around 35°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Estatua de Charles Darwin, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Tijeretas, and then get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oro.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2 hours. When traveling from Guayaquil in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time 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.
Get outdoors at Charles Darwin Research Station and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Galeria Aymara and Maprae. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and walk around El Garrapatero.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora itinerary site .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stop by Homero Ortega, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, then see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cuenca journey app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cuenca in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in October: high temperatures in Cuenca hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Homero Ortega ©
Homero Ortega
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.
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional, explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre, and examine the collection at Museo Camilo Egas.

Plan trip to Quito with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Quito takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Quito. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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