16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador tour itinerary planner

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Quito
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Lopez
— 1 night
Fly
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Cuenca
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Banos
— 1 night
Drive
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Tena
— 1 night
Drive
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Quito
— 1 night
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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.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Quito planning site.

Indianapolis, USA to Quito is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Indianapolis in November, you will find days in Quito are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are warmer (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Quito

Tours · Outdoors

Puerto Lopez

— 1 night
Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park.
On the 11th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Clara Luna, then look for gifts at El Artesan, and then relax and rejuvenate at Mauli Spa.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Puerto Lopez trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Lopez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quito in November: high temperatures in Puerto Lopez hover around 83°F and lows are around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Punta Carola and Cerro Tijeretas. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, make a trip to Swordfish Fountain, see some colorful creatures with Planet Ocean Dive Center, and stroll through Playa de Oro.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Lopez to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 4 hours. November in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
On the 15th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, appreciate the history behind Monumento Darwin, head outdoors with Galapagos Sub Aqua, pause for some photo ops at Monumento de aves de Galapagos, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Pescador Galapagueno, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Aymara, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, then take an in-depth tour of Maprae, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 2 nights
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 17th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, get outside with Cueva de Sucre, and then get a dose of the wild on Rosedelco- Day tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Cuna del Sol, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and then cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil route maker app.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Scenic Drive
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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.
On the 19th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, look for gifts at MAKI FairTrade, then admire the landmark architecture of Corte Provincial de Justicia de Azuay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de las flores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): stroll around Parque El Paraiso, then admire the natural beauty at Ecuagenera - Ecuadorian Orchids, and then delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Todos Los Santos.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cuenca travel planning site.

Fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Cuenca sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Terma El Salado, get outside with Canopy doble puerta del cielo, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Manto de la Novia, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Banos online road trip planner.

Getting from Cuenca to Banos by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Tena.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo El Arca and then relax in the rural setting at Kallari.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tena online visit planner.

Getting from Banos to Tena by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Quito.

Things to do in Tena

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Quito

— 1 night

Light of America

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Quito online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tena to Quito takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nightlife

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.