21 days in Ecuador Itinerary

21 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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21 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Quito
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Cuenca
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  6​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 45​min
5
Puerto Lopez
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Otavalo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Pittsburgh

3
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.
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Quito Old Town will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cotopaxi National Park and San Francisco Museum and Convent (Museo Fray Pedro Gocial). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge (in Mindo) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Casa del Alabado, pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, stop by La Mundial Custom Boots, and admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito online trip planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Termas de Papallacta, Cotopaxi National Park, Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge
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Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge ©
Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ingapirca Archaeological Complex and Iglesia de Santo Domingo. Take a break from the city and head to El Cajas National Park and Parador Turistico El Chorro de Giron. Step out of Cuenca to go to Giron and see El Chorro Waterfall, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores, admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at MAKI FairTrade.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cuenca day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Cuenca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in December, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ingapirca Archaeological Complex, El Chorro Waterfall, Parador Turistico El Chorro de Giron
Highlights from your plan
El Carmen de la Asuncion Church ©
El Carmen de la Asuncion Church
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Ingapirca Archaeological Complex ©

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as El Garrapatero and Galeria Aymara. Get outdoors at Charles Darwin Research Station and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, Head underground at Tunel de Lava Bellavista, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve.

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Getting from Cuenca to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cuenca in December: high temperatures in Puerto Ayora hover around 82°F and lows are around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Fishing Charters & Tours
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Loberia and Puerto Chino Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Tijeretas and Cerro Brujo. There's much more to do: stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, kick back and relax at Playa Mann, and get outside with Cerro Tijeretas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno vacation planner .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Puerto Lopez

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get outside with Aventuras La Plata and then kick back and relax at Playa de los Frailes.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Lopez trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Lopez takes 9 hours. In December in Puerto Lopez, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa de los Frailes
Highlights from your plan
Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Aventuras La Plata ©
Aventuras La Plata

2
nights
Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Get outdoors at Cascada de Peguche and Volcan Imbabura. Popular historic sites such as Iglesia Matriz and Iglesia El Jordan are in your itinerary. Take a break from Otavalo with a short trip to Parque Arqueologico Cochasqui in Puntazanja, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Condor Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco, look for gifts at Peguche Wasi, and stroll through El Lechero.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Otavalo road trip app .

Getting from Puerto Lopez to Otavalo by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Arqueologico Cochasqui, Iglesia Matriz
Highlights from your plan
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche
Parque Arqueologico Cochasqui ©
Parque Arqueologico Cochasqui
Volcan Imbabura ©
Volcan Imbabura

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