25 days in Ecuador Itinerary

25 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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25 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+2
train + Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Cuenca
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  6​h 30​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Salinas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Puerto Lopez
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Quito
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  14​h 30​min
End: Brussels

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ingapirca Ruins and Museo Catedral Vieja. Visiting Plaza Abdon Calderon and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores, and take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cuenca journey planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Cuenca is an approximately 17-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Brussels to Cuenca, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
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Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galeria Aymara and Maprae. Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Puerto Ayora day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cuenca to Puerto Ayora in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cuenca in June: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Loberia and Cerro Tijeretas. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Puerto Chino Beach and Punta Pitt. There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Mann, make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, kick back and relax at Playa Punta Carola, and get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno day trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. July in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Salinas.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

2
nights
Salinas

Salinas ©
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Malecón Salinas and then kick back and relax at Playa de Chipipe. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, head outdoors with La Chocolatera, and then stroll through Playa San Pablo.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Salinas road trip planning app .

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Salinas by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa San Pablo
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Playa de Chipipe ©
Playa de Chipipe
La Chocolatera ©
La Chocolatera
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

2
nights
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 9th (Thu), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then head outdoors with Aventuras La Plata. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Pacha Chocolates, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Frailes, and then head off the coast to Isla de la Plata.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Lopez tour planning site .

You can drive from Salinas to Puerto Lopez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Salinas in July, you will find days in Puerto Lopez are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Playa de los Frailes
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Aventuras La Plata ©
Aventuras La Plata

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Pro Bici and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, and get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Banos day trip planner .

You can drive from Puerto Lopez to Banos in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Pro Bici
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Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Zipline
Spas

5
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.
Casa del Alabado and Basilica del Voto Nacional are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco) are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quito: Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta), Iglesia El Jordan (in Otavalo) and Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche). Spend the 14th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Quito trip planner .

Traveling by car from Banos to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Quito sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otavalo, Cotopaxi National Park, Termas de Papallacta
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Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park
Termas de Papallacta ©
Termas de Papallacta
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado

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