18 days in Ecuador Itinerary

18 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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18 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Quito
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Cuenca
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  5​h
3
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Guayaquil
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Pittsburgh

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Casa del Alabado and El Palacio de Gobierno. Get some historical perspective at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Basilica del Voto Nacional. Go for a jaunt from Quito to Papallacta to see Termas de Papallacta about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and don't miss a visit to La Capilla Del Hombre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Quito route planning site .

Pittsburgh, USA to Quito is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Pittsburgh in November, expect nights in Quito to be warmer, around 57°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Termas de Papallacta
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ingapirca Ruins and Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes. Popular historic sites such as Museo Catedral Vieja and Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, don't miss a visit to Plaza de las flores, and explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cuenca trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Cuenca in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Cuenca sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stroll through Posada de flamengos and then contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, then stroll through Concha de Perla, then meet the residents at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador.

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Fly from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Iglesia Cristo Salvador ©
Iglesia Cristo Salvador
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

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 some cultural insight at Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Maprae. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and walk around El Garrapatero.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora sightseeing planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Fishing Charters & Tours
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Cerro Tijeretas and then kick back and relax at La Loberia. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Chino Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, and finally make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno day trip planning tool .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Faro de Guayaquil and Guayaquil Historical Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil and Iglesia San Francisco. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Las Penas, take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, and take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Guayaquil trip planner .

Fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 2 hours. While traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Guayaquil, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil ©
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco

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