13 days in Ecuador Itinerary

13 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Quito
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mindo
— 2 nights
Taxi to Quito, Fly to Cuenca
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Bus to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 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 11th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monumento a Federico Gonzalez Suarez, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Ciudad, then admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of El Sagrario, explore the world behind art at Convento De San Francisco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Alabado, then pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia).

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito trip maker.

Salt Lake City, USA to Quito is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Quito due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in March: highs in Quito hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mindo.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites

Mindo

— 2 nights
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then stop by El Escampadero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): trek along Yellow House Hiking Trails and then stroll through Rio Bravo Reserve.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mindo visit planning site.

You can drive from Quito to Mindo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Mindo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Cuenca

— 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

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 15th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller, stop by MAKI FairTrade, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at El Museo de Las Conceptas and then examine the collection at Museo Remigio Crespo Toral.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca online tour planner.

Getting from Mindo to Cuenca by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Cuenca, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, view the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, then take an in-depth tour of Maprae, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally make a trip to Malecon de Puerto Ayora. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Darwin, take in the exciting artwork at The Angelique Art Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Monumento al Pescador Galapagueno, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Estacion.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora journey planner.

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Cuenca to Puerto Ayora in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Cuenca in March, you will find days in Puerto Ayora are a bit warmer (88°F), and nights are warmer (75°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 4 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Punta Carola and Punta Pitt. Get outdoors at Playa de Oro and Cerro Tijeretas. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Baquerizo, appreciate the history behind Estatua de Charles Darwin, ponder the design of Swordfish Fountain, and make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. March in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.