16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Fly
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Quito
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tena
— 1 night
Drive
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Mindo
— 2 nights
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Bus to Quito, Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
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Quito

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.
Quito is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, don't miss a visit to La Capilla Del Hombre, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Quito online vacation builder.

New York City, USA to Quito is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. In October in Quito, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Tena.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

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Tena

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Jatunyacu River and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tena vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Quito to Tena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mindo.

Things to do in Tena

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Mindo

Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Nambilla Cascadas, stroll through Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, and finally indulge your taste buds at Yumbos Chocolate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mindo route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tena to Mindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

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Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos, hike along Pozas verde, don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Posada de flamengos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, then take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Cuna del Sol.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mindo to Puerto Villamil takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through La Loberia, kick back and relax at Playa Mann, step off the mainland to explore Isla Lobos, and get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno day trip planning tool.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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.

Napo Province travel guide

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Kayaking & Canoeing · Hot Springs · Zoos
Napo is a province in Ecuador. Its capital is Tena. The province contains the Napo River. The province is low developed without much industrial presence. The thick rainforest is home to many natives that remain isolated by preference, descendants of those who fled the Spanish invasion in the Andes, and the Incas years before. In 2000, the province was the sole remaining majority-indigenous province of Ecuador, with 56.3% of the province either claiming indigenous identity or speaking an indigenous language.This province is one of the many located in Ecuador's section of the Amazon Rainforest.In Napo province are also Antisana Ecological Reserve and Limoncocha National Biological Reserve.CantonsThe province is divided into five cantons. The following table lists each with its population at the 2001 census, its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat or capital.Further readingJuncosa, Jose E. (ed.) (1997). Viajes por el Napo: cartas de un misionero (1924-1930). Quito: Abya-Yala.

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Galapagos Islands travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.