36 days in Ecuador Itinerary

36 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  16 h
1
Cuenca
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Loja
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
Travel:  4 h 30 min
5
Floreana
— 2 nights
Travel:  4 h 45 min
6
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Guayaquil
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  4 h
8
Riobamba
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Quito
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: London

4
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 (Ingapirca Ruins & Ingapirca Archaeological Complex). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cuenca trip planner.

London, UK to Cuenca is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from London in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Cuenca, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Loja.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ingapirca
Highlights from your plan
El Museo de Las Conceptas ©
El Museo de Las Conceptas
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins

3
nights
Loja

Loja ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Loja: Santiago (Santiago Island & Sullivan Bay). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Podocarpus, don't miss a visit to Plaza Parque Central, examine the collection at Museo de la Musica, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Loja.

For ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Loja itinerary builder app.

Getting from Cuenca to Loja by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Loja

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santiago
Highlights from your plan
Santiago Island ©
Santiago Island
Parque Nacional Podocarpus ©
Parque Nacional Podocarpus
Parque Recreacional Jipiro ©
Parque Recreacional Jipiro

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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and make a trip to Dona Pilo.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Getting from Loja to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

6
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.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, and wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora day trip site.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

2
nights
Floreana

Floreana ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz, then stroll through Playa Negra, and finally stroll through Cormorant Point. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Floreana online sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Ayora to Floreana. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

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.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Los Tuneles, don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears, step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, and stroll through Concha de Perla.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil holiday builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

3
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Las Penas, enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, stroll around Parque Seminario, and don't miss a visit to Museo de la Musica Popular Julio Jaramillo Laurido.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Guayaquil in 3.5 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Guayaquil is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Riobamba.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000

4
nights
Riobamba

Riobamba ©
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Riobamba: Banos (Cascada el Manto de la Novia, Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), &more) and Volcan Chimborazo (in Guaranda). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Sangay National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pro Bici, explore the striking landscape of El Altar, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Condor Cocha.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Guayaquil to Riobamba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in September, you will find days in Riobamba are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are cooler (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Banos, Volcan Chimborazo
Highlights from your plan
Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Sangay National Park ©
Sangay National Park
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)

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.
Spend the 9th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Quito trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Riobamba to Quito takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Riobamba in September since evenings lows in Quito dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Cotopaxi National Park
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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