29 days in Ecuador Itinerary

29 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador itinerary planner

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Quito
— 5 nights
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Mindo
— 2 nights
Taxi to Quito, Fly to Cuenca
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
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Baltra
— 1 night
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 2 nights
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Santiago
— 1 night
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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Floreana
— 1 night
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Espanola
— 1 night
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
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Montanita
— 2 nights
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Banos
— 3 nights
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Quilotoa
— 3 nights
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Ingapirca
— 1 night
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Quito

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Otavalo (Condor Park & Otavalo Market) and Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, deepen your understanding at La Ronda, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Quito day trip planner.

Cancun, Mexico to Quito is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Cancun in April, expect Quito to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mindo.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Mindo

— 2 nights
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by El Escampadero, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, then stroll through Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nambilla Cascadas. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mindo itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Quito to Mindo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Cuenca

— 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 11th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, then see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and finally examine the collection at Homero Ortega.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cuenca journey app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mindo to Cuenca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Cuenca sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Baltra.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Baltra

— 1 night
On the 13th (Tue), explore the activities along Canal de Itabaca and then head off the coast to North Seymour Island.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Baltra attractions planning website.

You can fly from Cuenca to Baltra in 6 hours. Traveling from Cuenca in April, expect nights in Baltra to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Baltra

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 2 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
On the 14th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, and then stroll through Concha de Perla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to The Wall of Tears, then explore the striking landscape at Los Tuneles, then kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, and finally explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil sightseeing website.

Getting from Baltra to Puerto Villamil by flight takes about 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Baltra to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Santiago

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): head off the coast to Santiago Island.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Villamil to Santiago with the Route module. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. April in Santiago sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
On the 17th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, then explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and then stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Maprae, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, then take in the exciting artwork at The Angelique Art Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Santiago to Puerto Ayora with the Route module. In April in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Floreana

— 1 night
On the 19th (Mon), make a trip to Post Office Bay, stroll through Cormorant Point, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Floreana tour itinerary website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Ayora to Floreana. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Espanola.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Espanola

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Suarez and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gardner Bay.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Espanola itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Espanola. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Espanola

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary builder website.

Explore your travel options from Espanola to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 20th (Tue), you'll travel to Montanita.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Montanita

— 2 nights
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 21st (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Montanita, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, then stop by Pacha Chocolates, and finally don't miss a visit to Agua Blanca. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your understanding at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Montanita.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Montanita attractions website.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Montanita takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Banos

— 3 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.
Banos is known for nature, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Cascada el Pailon (del Diablo), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), get impressive views of Tungurahua, and stop by Mundo Verde.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Banos trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Montanita to Banos in 7 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Quilotoa

— 3 nights
Go for a jaunt from Quilotoa to Machachi to see Reserva Ecologica Los Ilinizas about 56 minutes away.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Quilotoa travel route planner.

Drive from Banos to Quilotoa in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ingapirca.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ingapirca

— 1 night
In the shadow of a famous archaeological site of the same name, the tiny village of Ingapirca serves as an excellent stop-off point adding a dose of history and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Cara del Inca, explore the ancient world of Ingapirca Archaeological Complex, and then delve into the distant past at Ingapirca Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at El Tambo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de la Virgen del Rocio, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Ingapirca.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ingapirca sightseeing website.

Drive from Quilotoa to Ingapirca in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ingapirca

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.

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.