16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador planner

Make it your trip
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Quito
— 1 night
Drive
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Tena
— 1 night
Drive
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Banos
— 1 night
Drive
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Cuenca
— 1 night
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
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Fly
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
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Quito

— 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Tue), make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and finally admire the striking features of El Sagrario.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Quito day trip app.

Indianapolis, USA to Quito is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. When traveling from Indianapolis in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Quito: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tena.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

Tena

— 1 night

Cinnamon Capital

A jump-off point for exploring the rainforest and its rivers, Tena boasts a well-established commercial and tourist core, with a small airport and bus terminal and plenty of operators offering organized wilderness tours.
On the 10th (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Quito to Tena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
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Banos

— 1 night
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Banos trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tena to Banos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Spas · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Cuenca

— 1 night

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 12th (Fri), trot along with a tour on horseback, then pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada ConcepciĆ³n Cathedral, then immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and finally steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Banos to Cuenca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan and Cueva de Sucre. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, take in the dramatic natural features at Los Tuneles, stroll through Posada de flamengos, and make a trip to The Wall of Tears.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil takes 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 4 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rancho Primicias and Laguna las Ninfas. There's lots more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, head outdoors with Think Galapagos, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at El Garrapatero.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora online route planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 3 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Explore hidden gems such as Cerro Tijeretas and Cerro Tijeretas. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mann, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, and appreciate the history behind Estatua de Charles Darwin.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online journey planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In November in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the striking features of Torre Morisca and then walk around Parque Seminario.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil by flight takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in November, expect nights in Guayaquil to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks

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.