32 days in Ecuador Itinerary

32 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador travel planner

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Banos
— 1 night
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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 day
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 5 nights
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Guayaquil
— 3 nights
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Loja
— 2 nights
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Cuenca
— 5 nights
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Banos

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get great views at La Casa del Arbol, then grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Pailon (del Diablo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), then get outside with Canopy doble puerta del cielo, and finally get in on the family fun at La Aldea Magica.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Banos travel route builder app.

Latacunga to Banos is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

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 museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Quito trip builder site.

You can drive from Banos to Quito in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Los Tuneles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and get to know the resident critters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil online itinerary planner.

Fly from Quito to Puerto Villamil in 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Floreana

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown, then meet the residents at Asilo de la Paz, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cormorant Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Floreana trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options 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 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 5 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Spend the 16th (Sun) among aquatic life with Galapagos Living. There's much more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, shop like a local with Galeria Aymara, and make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Floreana to Puerto Ayora. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 5 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's much more to do: get outside with Cerro Tijeretas, take a tour by water with Galapagos Blue Evolution, take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Pitt, and stroll through Playa Punta Carola.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno tour itinerary app.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. December in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, visit Cerro Santa Ana, wander the streets of Las Penas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil planning tool.

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 4 hours. When traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Guayaquil: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Loja.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Loja

— 2 nights

Musical Capital of Ecuador

On vacation in Loja--a city that loves its music and art--you may very well see the locals singing as they go about their business, through streets decorated with splashes of paint and tiled murals.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Podocarpus and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Loja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): stroll around Podocarpus National Park and then explore the striking landscape at Sullivan Bay.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Loja day trip app.

You can drive from Guayaquil to Loja in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Loja

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cuenca

— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Cuenca to Ingapirca to see Ingapirca Ruins about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, examine the collection at El Museo de Las Conceptas, and head outdoors with Centro Ecuestre Bellavista.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Loja to Cuenca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cuenca are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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.