22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Quito
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 3 nights
bus:  7​h 45​min
3
Quito
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Quilotoa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Banos
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 15​min
6
Cuenca
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Puerto Lopez
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
8
Quito
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Otavalo
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Quito
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, then gain insight at La Ronda, and finally look for gifts at Bigalli Hats.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Quito road trip planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Quito is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Quito, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in Quito, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

3
nights
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve ©
A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is known for wildlife and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Cuyabeno Reserve and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. On the 28th (Fri), you're off toQuito.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cuyabeno Reserve ©
Cuyabeno Reserve
Laguna Grande ©
Laguna Grande

1
night
Quito

Quito
To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Quito online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Quito takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or take a bus. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

3
nights
Quilotoa

Quilotoa ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quilotoa: Machachi (Reserva Ecologica Los Ilinizas & Bee Farm Shunku) and Siete Cascadas (in La Mana).

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Quilotoa visit planner .

You can drive from Quito to Quilotoa in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Machachi, Siete Cascadas, Laguna Quilotoa
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Quilotoa ©
Laguna Quilotoa
Shalala Lodge ©
Shalala Lodge
Siete Cascadas ©
Siete Cascadas

3
nights
Banos

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 2nd (Wed): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), then look for gifts at Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas, then get impressive views of Tungurahua, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Fray Enrique Mideros.

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Traveling by car from Quilotoa to Banos takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Nature Parks Adventure
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2
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
When in Cuenca, make a side trip to see Ingapirca Ruins in Ingapirca, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cuenca trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Banos to Cuenca in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Cuenca, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
Highlights from your plan
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Mon), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Playa de los Frailes.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Lopez tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Puerto Lopez takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cuenca in September: highs in Puerto Lopez hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Tue) before leaving for Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa de los Frailes
Highlights from your plan
Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Quito

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo, and then walk around Parque La Carolina.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Quito trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Puerto Lopez to Quito takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Lopez in September: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Parque La Carolina ©
Parque La Carolina
La Virgen del Panecillo ©
La Virgen del Panecillo

1
day
Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): look for gifts at Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Otavalo Market.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Otavalo trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Quito to Otavalo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Shopping Nature Parks
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Otavalo Market ©
Otavalo Market
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche

1
night
Quito

Quito ©
On the 11th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Guayasamin Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Quito journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Otavalo to Quito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Casa Museo Guayasamin ©
Casa Museo Guayasamin

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