16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Cuenca
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  6​h 30​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Quito
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ingapirca Ruins and Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes. Pumapungo Museo and El Museo de Las Conceptas will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, take in the exciting artwork at Artes de la Tierra Galeria, see the interesting displays at Homero Ortega, and admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cuenca trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Cuenca is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cuenca, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cuenca, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Galeria Aymara and Maprae. Step out of the city life by going to Charles Darwin Research Station and El Garrapatero. The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

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

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cuenca to Puerto Ayora in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Cuenca in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Puerto Ayora. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Fishing Charters & Tours
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Visiting La Loberia and Cerro Tijeretas will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, make a trip to Lagoon El Junco, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mann, and look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. November in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa del Alabado and Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania. Get in touch with nature at Cotopaxi National Park and Termas de Papallacta. Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Iglesia El Jordan (in Otavalo) and Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the masterpieces at Guayasamin Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Quito itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito takes 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in November, with highs in Quito at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otavalo, Cotopaxi National Park, Termas de Papallacta
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Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado

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