16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Quito
— 4 nights
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Tena
— 2 nights
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Banos
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guayaquil
— 2 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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Ferry to San Cristobal, Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Guayaquil
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
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Quito

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Santo Domingo Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Casa del Alabado and El Sagrario. On the 20th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Museo Casa de Sucre, explore the world behind art at Convento De San Francisco, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced.

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Dallas, USA to Quito is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dallas in November since evenings lows in Quito dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tena.

Things to do in Quito

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Tena

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Jatun Sacha Biological Reserve. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Kallari and then contemplate the waterfront views at Jondachi River.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tena travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quito to Tena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. On the 24th (Wed), you'll travel to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Banos

— 2 nights
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.
On the 24th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Cascada el Manto de la Novia, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Juan Benigno Vela Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Barrio Solis, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Barahona Galeria de Arte - Hospedaje, and finally head outdoors with Canopy doble puerta del cielo.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Banos sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Tena to Banos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Prohibido Centro Cultural. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): stop by Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla, then see the interesting displays at Museo Remigio Crespo Toral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuenca road trip planning tool.

You can take a bus from Banos to Cuenca in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cuenca are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Guayaquil

— 2 nights

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 29th (Mon): head outdoors with Parque Centenario, then stop by Vivian L. Tettamanti Design Store, then get a sense of history and politics at Municipalidad de Guayaquil, and finally get outside with Queen of Galapagos.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil trip builder tool.

Drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in November, expect Guayaquil to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Outdoors · 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 30th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Malecon de Puerto Ayora, view the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, take an in-depth tour of Maprae, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Tunel de Lava Bellavista. On the next day, view the masterpieces at SAMAY Latin Art, stop by Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, head outdoors with Galapagos Sub Aqua, then view the masterpieces at The Angelique Art Gallery, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento de aves de Galapagos, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Guayaquil to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry. While traveling from Guayaquil, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Puerto Ayora, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

On the 2nd (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then steep yourself in history at Cementerio Patrimonial de Guayaquil.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Guayaquil takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in December: highs in Guayaquil hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 74°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.

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.