29 days in Ecuador Itinerary

29 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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29 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cuenca
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  5​h
2
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Salinas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Puerto Lopez
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Quito
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Plaza Abdon Calderon and Ecuagenera - Ecuadorian Orchids. Step out of Cuenca to go to Ingapirca and see Ingapirca Ruins, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, get to know the resident critters at AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico, and see the interesting displays at Museo Catedral Vieja.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cuenca sightseeing planning app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cuenca is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Cuenca due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in January: highs in Cuenca hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon
Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo
Ecuagenera - Ecuadorian Orchids ©
Ecuagenera - Ecuadorian Orchids

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Puerto Villamil attractions site .

Fly from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like El Garrapatero and North Seymour Island. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas, and make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora road trip site .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the 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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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Loberia and Cerro Brujo. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Tijeretas, don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, appreciate the history behind Estatua de Charles Darwin, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mann.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sightseeing planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. January in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to 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
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Playa de Chipipe and then take a leisurely stroll along Malecón Salinas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through La Loberia, head outdoors with La Chocolatera, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Salinas.

For ratings and tourist information, read Salinas trip planner .

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 32°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Chipipe ©
Playa de Chipipe
La Chocolatera ©
La Chocolatera
Malecón Salinas ©
Malecón Salinas

2
nights
Puerto Lopez

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, gain insight at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes, and then get outside with Aventuras La Plata. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Isla de la Plata, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Frailes, and then stop by Pacha Chocolates.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Lopez trip planning site .

Getting from Salinas to Puerto Lopez by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Puerto Lopez, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Banos.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes, Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, Playa de los Frailes
Highlights from your plan
Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pro Bici and Tungurahua. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), and take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron).

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Banos sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Lopez to Banos takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pro Bici
Highlights from your plan
Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Tungurahua
Tungurahua
Zipline

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Casa del Alabado and Parque Metropolitano. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and stroll around Parque La Carolina.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Quito road trip site .

You can drive from Banos to Quito in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Walking tours

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