19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Guayaquil
— 1 night
Fly
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 1 day
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Unknown
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Floreana
— 1 night
Unknown
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 1 night
Fly to Guayaquil, Taxi to Cuenca
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Cuenca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Banos
— 1 night
Drive
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Quilotoa
— 1 day
Drive
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Pujili
— 1 night
Drive
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La Mana
— 1 night
Drive
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Saquisili
— 1 night
Drive
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Latacunga
— 1 night
Bus
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Quito
— 2 nights
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Fly to Guayaquil, Shuttle to Puerto López, Bus to Salinas
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Salinas
— 1 night
Drive
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Montanita
— 1 night
Bus
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Puerto Lopez
Shuttle
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
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Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Guayaquil online visit planner.

Chicago, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Guayaquil. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 71°F. You will leave for Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Guayaquil

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 1 day
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 11th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Estatua de Charles Darwin, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, and then make a trip to Dona Pilo.

Plan trip to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Guayaquil in July: highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Museums

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 1 night
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): view the masterpieces at SAMAY Latin Art, look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, and then kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora online road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Floreana

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz and then make a trip to Post Office Bay.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Floreana trip builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Ayora to Floreana with the Route module. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 1 night
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 13th (Mon): explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Puerto Villamil trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference when traveling from Floreana to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cuenca

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the ancient world of The Ruins of Todos Los Santos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Todos Santos, then take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, then take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Catedral Vieja, then explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba, and finally admire all the interesting features of Prohibido Centro Cultural.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cuenca travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Cuenca are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
On the 17th (Fri), make a trip to La Casa del Arbol, head outdoors with Canopy doble puerta del cielo, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Banos online attractions planner.

You can drive from Cuenca to Banos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Quilotoa

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get great views at Shalala Lodge and then explore the activities along Laguna Quilotoa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Quilotoa planner.

Traveling by car from Banos to Quilotoa takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Pujili.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Pujili

— 1 night
Pujilí is a small town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador, located ten to twenty minutes from Latacunga. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hike along Canon del Rio Toachi.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pujili trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Quilotoa to Pujili in 1.5 hours. In July in Pujili, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Mana.

Things to do in Pujili

Outdoors · Trails · Nature · Parks

La Mana

— 1 night
La Maná is a town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Siete Cascadas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the La Mana itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pujili to La Mana takes 2.5 hours. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Saquisili.

Things to do in La Mana

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Saquisili

— 1 night
Saquisilí is a town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stop by Mercado Indigena.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Saquisili tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from La Mana to Saquisili in 3 hours. July in Saquisili sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Latacunga.

Things to do in Saquisili

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Latacunga

— 1 night

Mashca City

Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral and then explore the activities along Laguna de Limpiopungo.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Latacunga online day trip planner.

You can drive from Saquisili to Latacunga in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Latacunga can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Quito.

Things to do in Latacunga

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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 23rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Quito trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Latacunga to Quito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Latacunga in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Quito: highs are around 73°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salinas.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

Salinas

— 1 night
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Malecón Salinas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, and then get outside with La Chocolatera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): get great views at Cerro El Tablazo and then kick back and relax at Playa Las Salinas.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Salinas driving holiday site.

Getting from Quito to Salinas by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 71°F in Salinas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Montanita.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Montanita

— 1 night
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Montanita trip planner.

You can drive from Salinas to Montanita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Montanita can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Lopez

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.
To find maps and tourist information, go to the Puerto Lopez online visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Montanita to Puerto Lopez takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Montanita in July: highs in Puerto Lopez hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 71°F. You'll set off for Guayaquil on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

On the 27th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario, then enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, and then wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil trip builder app.

Take a shuttle from Puerto Lopez to Guayaquil in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

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.

Cotopaxi Province travel guide

4.2
Bodies of Water · Volcanos · Lookouts
Cotopaxi is one of the provinces of Ecuador. The capital is Latacunga. The province contains the Cotopaxi Volcano, an intermittent volcano with a height of 19,388 feet.CantonsThe province is divided into 7 cantons. The following table lists each canton with its population (per the 2001 census), its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat (capital).DemographicsEthnic groups as of the Ecuadorian census of 2010: Mestizo 72.1%Indigenous 22.1%White 2.3%Montubio 1.8%Afro-Ecuadorian 1.7%Other 0.1%

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