22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Pasco
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
ferry:  6​h
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Salinas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Cuenca
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
6
Quito
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Pasco

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Garrapatero and Black Turtle Cove. Get a sense of the local culture at Maprae and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, explore the fascinating underground world of Tunel de Lava Bellavista, make a trip to Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora journey planner .

Pasco, USA to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Pasco to Puerto Ayora is 3 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Pasco in January, with highs in Puerto Ayora at 84°F and lows at 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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

3
nights
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Concha de Perla will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Isabela Island Wetlands Complex and Posada de flamengos. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Salinas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil trip itinerary builder tool .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Take a break from the city and head to La Loberia and Playa Mann. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Tijeretas, look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, and don't miss a visit to La Casa del Ceibo.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online visit planner .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In January in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Salinas.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

2
nights
Salinas

Salinas ©
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
On the 23rd (Thu), get outside with La Chocolatera, identify plant and animal life at La Loberia, and then take a leisurely stroll along Malecón Salinas. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Pablo and then kick back and relax at Playa de Chipipe.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Salinas driving holiday website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Salinas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daily temperatures in Salinas can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa San Pablo
Highlights from your plan
La Chocolatera ©
La Chocolatera
Playa de Chipipe ©
Playa de Chipipe
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ingapirca Ruins and El Carmen de la Asuncion Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Catedral Vieja and Mirador de Turi. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Salinas to Cuenca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Salinas in January, you will find days in Cuenca are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are colder (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cotopaxi National Park and Cascada de Peguche. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge and Casa del Alabado. Step out of Quito to go to Otavalo and see Iglesia El Jordan, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Quito vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cuenca to Quito by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Quito sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Otavalo, Cotopaxi National Park, Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge ©
Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge

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