19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Quito
Drive
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Otavalo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quito
— 2 nights
Bus
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Latacunga
— 1 night
Drive
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Quilotoa
— 1 night
Drive
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Banos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Machalilla National Park
— 1 night
Drive to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, Fly to General Rivadeneira Airport
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Esmeraldas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Otavalo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quito
— 1 night

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Quito

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Quito online visit planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Mariscal Sucre International Airport and Cotopaxi International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Otavalo

— 2 nights
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
On the 6th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Bolivar, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Lechero, look for gifts at Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop, then contemplate the long history of Estacion Tren de la Libertad - Ibarra, and finally get outside with Laguna de Yahuarcocha.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Otavalo trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Quito to Otavalo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Quito

— 2 nights

Light of America

See some other sides of Quito: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, admire the masterpieces at La Capilla Del Hombre, and get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Quito tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Otavalo to Quito in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Latacunga.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Latacunga

— 1 night

Mashca City

Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Latacunga trip itinerary maker site.

Take a bus from Quito to Latacunga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Quito in November since evenings lows in Latacunga dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Quilotoa.

Things to do in Latacunga

Shopping · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Quilotoa

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get great views at Shalala Lodge and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Quilotoa road trip website.

Traveling by car from Latacunga to Quilotoa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Banos

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Banos: Riobamba (Pro Bici & Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), get great views at La Casa del Arbol, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa).

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Banos trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Quilotoa to Banos in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Guayaquil

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, take a stroll through Las Penas, admire the striking features of Torre Morisca, and brush up on your military savvy at Museo en Miniatura Guayaquil en la Historia.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Guayaquil visit planner.

You can drive from Banos to Guayaquil in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Machalilla National Park.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Machalilla National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Machalilla National Park provides an opportunity to witness the wetlands and forest of Ecuador and its rich plant and animal life, threatened by poaching and deforestation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Frailes.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Machalilla National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Machalilla National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Esmeraldas.

Things to do in Machalilla National Park

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Esmeraldas

— 3 nights
Esmeraldas is a coastal city in northwestern Ecuador. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Esmeraldas: Sua Beach (in Sua), Playa de Atacames (in Atacames) and Tonsupa Beach (in Tonsupa). It doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Tonsupa and kick back and relax at Cumilinche Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Esmeraldas road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Machalilla National Park to Esmeraldas with the Route module. November in Esmeraldas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Esmeraldas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Otavalo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado, stroll around Condor Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco, contemplate the waterfront views at Cuicocha, then indulge your taste buds at Mercado 24 de Mayo, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Otavalo Market.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Otavalo road trip site.

You can fly from Esmeraldas to Otavalo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Quito

— 1 night

Light of America

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for gifts at ARIU, then make a trip to El Panecillo, and then appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Quito trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Otavalo to Quito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus.

Things to do in Quito

Shopping

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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