22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador itinerary planner

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Quito
— 3 nights
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Tena
— 1 night
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Banos
— 2 nights
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Quilotoa
— 1 night
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Montanita
— 1 night
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
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Guayaquil
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Quito

— 3 nights

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.
Quito is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Quito trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Quito is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Quito, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in May: high temperatures in Quito hover around 25°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Tena.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

Tena

— 1 night

Cinnamon Capital

A jump-off point for exploring the rainforest and its rivers, Tena boasts a well-established commercial and tourist core, with a small airport and bus terminal and plenty of operators offering organized wilderness tours.
On the 22nd (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Jatunyacu River and then relax and rejuvenate at Centre Devas.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tena trip planner.

Getting from Quito to Tena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Spas · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Banos

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa) and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to La Casa del Arbol, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada EL Pailon.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Banos online trip planner.

You can drive from Tena to Banos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Quilotoa

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the activities along Laguna Quilotoa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Quilotoa journey planner.

Traveling by car from Banos to Quilotoa takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Montanita.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Montanita

— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at Massage Montanita @ Arena Guadua, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, and then gain insight at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Montanita tour builder.

Drive from Quilotoa to Montanita in 8.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Montanita

Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 3 nights
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, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, go for a walk through Malecon San Cristobal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mann, and get outside with Cerro Tijeretas.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip builder tool.

Getting from Montanita to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by flight takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 4 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, get outside with Galapagos Sub Aqua, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora route planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. May in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 3 nights
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, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil itinerary site.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, then take a stroll through Las Penas, then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, and finally enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Guayaquil day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Villamil to Guayaquil takes 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Guayaquil is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Guayaquil are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

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 (kmĀ²), 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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Galapagos Islands travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.