17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  10 h
1
Quito
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Cuenca
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  5 h
3
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
Travel:  5 h
4
Floreana
— 1 night
Travel:  4 h 30 min
5
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
6
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Chicago

3
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.
Quito is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, make a trip to La Capilla Del Hombre, and deepen your understanding at La Ronda.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Quito tour builder website .

Chicago, USA to Quito is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Quito due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Quito to be much hotter, temps between 72°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

1
night
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Todos Santos, contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, then admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Cuenca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

3
nights
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, and explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil vacation tool .

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

1
night
Floreana

Floreana ©
On the 20th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cormorant Point, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asilo de la Paz, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Floreana road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see North Seymour Island about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market, browse the different shops at Camacha Shopping, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Floreana to Puerto Ayora with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo, stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and explore the striking landscape of Cerro Tijeretas.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. In December in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

2
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, then admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario, and finally wander the streets of Las Penas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil visit planner.

Fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 2 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in December, you will find days in Guayaquil are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

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