22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Quito
1
Quito
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Travel:  4​h 30​min
5
Floreana
— 1 night
Travel:  4​h 45​min
6
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  5​h
7
Cuenca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Riobamba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Quito

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.
Quito is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, explore the galleries of La Capilla Del Hombre, examine the collection at Intinan Museum, and admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Quito vacation builder website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Quito. December in Quito sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

2
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Presley Norton Museum, wander the streets of Las Penas, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, and finally stroll around Parque Seminario. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, make a trip to Guayaquil Historical Park, and then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Guayaquil trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Guayaquil in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Quito in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Guayaquil: highs are around 38°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, kick back and relax at Cerro Brujo, make a trip to Dona Pilo, and take in the waterfront at Malecon San Cristobal.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno vacation maker tool .

Getting from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by flight takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Guayaquil in December: highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

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.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, shop like a local with Galeria Aymara, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Floreana

Floreana ©
On the 15th (Sun), make a trip to Post Office Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cormorant Point, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Floreana holiday maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Ayora to Floreana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

4
nights
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Cueva de Sucre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, and head off the coast to Las Tintoreras.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Floreana to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

1
night
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
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 20th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Todos Santos, contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores, and finally explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cuenca trip builder .

Fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
Homero Ortega ©
Homero Ortega

3
nights
Riobamba

Riobamba ©
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Riobamba: Banos (Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Volcan Chimborazo (in Guaranda). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Sangay National Park. The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Pro Bici.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Riobamba online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Cuenca to Riobamba in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Riobamba, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Riobamba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Banos, Volcan Chimborazo
Highlights from your plan
Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Sangay National Park ©
Sangay National Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

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