13 days in Ecuador Itinerary

13 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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13 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Quito
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Cuenca
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  5​h
3
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h
End: Nashville

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre, explore the world behind art at Guayasamin Museum, then look for gifts at Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal, then appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Quito trip builder website .

Nashville, USA to Quito is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Quito. Traveling from Nashville 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 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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.
Ingapirca Ruins and Museo Catedral Vieja will appeal to history buffs. Head to Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller and Artes de la Tierra Galeriafor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cuenca online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Cuenca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Cuenca, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
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Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo
Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

1
night
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the galleries of Maki-Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, stop by Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, then identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, and finally browse the exhibits of Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of The Angelique Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and then stroll through El Garrapatero.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip maker tool .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora is 1 hour. December in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara

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 5th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, then kick back and relax at Playa Mann, and then make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary builder .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. In December in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center

2
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 7th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, then stop by Plaza Lagos, and then take a stroll through Las Penas.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil trip planner .

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 2 hours. While traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Guayaquil, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil ©
Plaza Lagos ©
Plaza Lagos

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