13 days in Ecuador Itinerary

13 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Quito
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, and finally admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and finally admire the striking features of El Sagrario.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito trip planner.

Durham, USA to Quito is an approximately 11-hour flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durham in August, with highs in Quito at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 3 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, stroll through Posada de flamengos, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Villamil takes 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 21st (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, stop by Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, and shop like a local with Galeria Aymara.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora road trip website.

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 79°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see what you can catch with Galapagos Fan Dive, then explore the galleries of Interpretation Center, and then don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sightseeing planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In August in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.
On the 27th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Escultura Ana Villamil Ycaz, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, then take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, and finally take a stroll through Las Penas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Guayaquil trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 4 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in August, you will find days in Guayaquil are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Parks

Ecuador travel guide

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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.