21 days in Ecuador Itinerary

21 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Quito
— Few hours
Drive
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Otavalo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quito
— 3 nights
Bus
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Latacunga
— 1 night
Drive
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Quilotoa
— 1 night
Drive
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Banos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montanita
— 4 nights
Drive
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito online trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Mariscal Sucre International Airport and Cotopaxi International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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Otavalo

An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll around Parque Bolivar, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Lechero, then stop by Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop, and finally don't miss a visit to Quitsato.

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Drive from Quito to Otavalo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Quito

Light of America

Explore Quito further: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Sagrario, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Quito online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Otavalo to Quito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Latacunga.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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Latacunga

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 8th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Limpiopungo.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Latacunga trip builder site.

Take a bus from Quito to Latacunga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Quito in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Latacunga, with lows around 10°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Latacunga

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

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Quilotoa

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Napo River, then get great views at Shalala Lodge, and then trek along Sendero al Fondo del Crater.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Quilotoa online journey planner.

Getting from Latacunga to Quilotoa by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Banos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mundo Verde, and finally take some stellar pictures from La Casa del Arbol. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron).

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Traveling by car from Quilotoa to Banos takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Montanita.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Nature · Adventure · Tours

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Montanita

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montanita: Salinas (La Chocolatera, Playa Las Salinas, &more). The adventure continues: deepen your understanding at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes, head outdoors with Cascadas de Dos Mangas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and kick back and relax at Playa Montanita.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Montanita trip site.

Getting from Banos to Montanita by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Esmeraldas.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Esmeraldas

Esmeraldas is a coastal city in northwestern Ecuador. Get out of town with these interesting Esmeraldas side-trips: Sua Beach (in Sua), Tonsupa Beach (in Tonsupa) and Playa de Atacames (in Atacames). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Tonsupa and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Las Palmas.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Esmeraldas trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Montanita to Esmeraldas in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Esmeraldas

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Otavalo

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): browse the fresh offerings at Mercado 24 de Mayo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cuicocha, then admire the landmark architecture of Municipio de Otavalo, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Otavalo Market. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche, then stroll around Condor Park, and then stop by Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Otavalo trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Esmeraldas to Otavalo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Quito

Light of America

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Museo Casa de Sucre, pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, then make a trip to El Panecillo, and finally deepen your understanding at La Ronda. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza Foch and then explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito trip itinerary planner.

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

Things to do in Quito

Museums

Ecuador travel guide

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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

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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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