31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Medellin
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Cuenca
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Machala
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Guayaquil
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Santo Domingo de los Colorados
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Quito
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Medellin

8
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ingapirca Ruins (in Ingapirca), El Chorro Waterfall (in Giron) and Mirador Tres Cruces (in Dos Cuevas). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, examine the collection at Museo Catedral Vieja, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, and explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca trip planner .

Medellin, Colombia to Cuenca is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Medellin in December: high temperatures in Cuenca hover around 27°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Machala.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mirador Tres Cruces, Ingapirca Ruins, El Chorro Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins

3
nights
Machala

Machala ©
Machala is a city in south-west Ecuador. Explore Machala's surroundings by going to Happy Fruit Agroecological Farm (in Arenillas), Cascades De Manuel (in El Guabo) and Museo Casaleon (in La Libertad). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Petrified forest Puyango, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Machala, and explore the activities along Napo River.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Machala route builder app .

You can drive from Cuenca to Machala in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Cuenca in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Machala: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Machala

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Happy Fruit Agroecological Farm, Cascades De Manuel, Museo Casaleon, Napo River
Highlights from your plan
Petrified forest Puyango ©
Petrified forest Puyango
Napo River ©
Napo River
Happy Fruit Agroecological Farm ©
Happy Fruit Agroecological Farm

8
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Schoenstatt Sanctuary.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Machala to Guayaquil in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santo Domingo de los Colorados.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

2
nights
Santo Domingo de los Colorados

Santo Domingo de los Colorados ©
Santo Domingo de los Colorados, simply referred to as Santo Domingo, is a city and seat of the canton that bears its name. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Zoologico la isla del Tapir.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo de los Colorados trip planning app .

Drive from Guayaquil to Santo Domingo de los Colorados in 5 hours. You'll set off for Quito on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Santo Domingo de los Colorados

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zoologico la isla del Tapir ©
Zoologico la isla del Tapir

9
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.
Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Cotacachi (Iglesia Matriz & Cuicocha) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). Spend the 15th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, make a trip to El Panecillo, and gain insight at La Ronda.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito trip site .

You can drive from Santo Domingo de los Colorados to Quito in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Quito are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cotacachi, Pichincha, Cotopaxi National Park
Highlights from your plan
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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