18 days in Ecuador Itinerary

18 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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18 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Guayaquil
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Cuenca
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Quito
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dallas

7
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de Puerto Engabao and Playa San Pablo. Get some historical perspective at Guayaquil Historical Park and El Faro de Guayaquil. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guayaquil: General Villamil Beach (in Playas) and Playa de Punta Blanca (in Santa Elena). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Las Penas, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, and wander the wide-open spaces of Hacienda La Danesa Lodge.

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Dallas, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dallas to Guayaquil, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dallas in July: high temperatures in Guayaquil hover around 85°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Elena, Playa de Puerto Engabao, General Villamil Beach
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Tijeretas and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2 hours. While traveling from Guayaquil, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galeria Aymara and Maprae. Take a break from the city and head to Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, Head underground at Tunel de Lava Bellavista, view the masterpieces at The Angelique Art Gallery, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. July in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cuenca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. In August, Cuenca is little chillier than Puerto Ayora - with highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

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

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Basilica del Voto Nacional. Escape the urban bustle at Cotopaxi National Park and Termas de Papallacta. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, look for gifts at Olga Fisch Folklore, and admire the landmark architecture of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco).

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Quito takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Quito when traveling from Cuenca in August, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Termas de Papallacta, Cotopaxi National Park
Highlights from your plan
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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