31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador trip planner

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Banos
— 2 nights
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Riobamba
— 1 night
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
Fly
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Quito
— 4 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 5 nights
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Floreana
— 1 night
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 6 nights
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Guayaquil
— 3 nights
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Banos

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get outside with Canopy doble puerta del cielo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Orquideario Rio Verde, then admire the sheer force of Cascada El Pailon, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ruta de las cascadas.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Banos trip planner.

Riohacha, Colombia to Banos is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Riobamba.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Riobamba

— 1 night
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll through Reserva de Produccion de Fauna and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Pro Bici.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Riobamba vacation maker site.

You can drive from Banos to Riobamba in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna La Toreadora, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally get great views at Mirador Tres Cruces. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, examine the collection at Homero Ortega, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores, and finally steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Riobamba to Cuenca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Cuenca, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Quito

— 4 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.
Quito is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, admire the masterpieces at La Capilla Del Hombre, and don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Quito trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cuenca in October since evenings lows in Quito dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 5 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Wall of Tears, get to know the resident critters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, and cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Villamil takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Quito to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Floreana

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Cormorant Point, then get to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz, then kick back and relax at Playa Negra, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Floreana trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 6 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, experience rural life at El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, and kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora online trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Floreana to Puerto Ayora with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 6 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Lobos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Guayaquil

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from La Perla, and then visit Las Penas. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana, enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and finally walk around Parque Seminario.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Guayaquil trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil takes 4 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in October, expect nights in Guayaquil to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

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.