37 days in Ecuador Itinerary

37 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador trip maker

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Quito
— 4 nights
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Otavalo
— 2 nights
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Banos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Riobamba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 6 nights
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Floreana
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 6 nights
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Guayaquil
— 3 nights
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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 to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, gain insight at La Ronda, admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Quito trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Quito is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In March, Quito is somewhat warmer than Seattle - with highs of 70°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Otavalo

— 2 nights
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
On the 14th (Sun), make a trip to Quitsato, savor the flavors at Mercado 24 de Mayo, and then explore the activities along Cuicocha. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Condor Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Otavalo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quito to Otavalo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Banos

— 3 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.
Banos is known for nature, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Pailon (del Diablo), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Ruta de las cascadas, and contemplate the geological forces at Tungurahua.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Banos travel planner.

Traveling by car from Otavalo to Banos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Riobamba

— 2 nights
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 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Sangay National Park. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Avenida De Los Volcanes, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion, and then stroll through Pro Bici.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Riobamba online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Banos to Riobamba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in March, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Nature · 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.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba, then explore the activities along Laguna La Toreadora, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally get great views at Mirador Tres Cruces. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, admire the striking features of Inmaculada ConcepciĆ³n Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Alfonso, then view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Todos Santos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cuenca trip maker app.

You can drive from Riobamba to Cuenca in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Cuenca, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 6 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, cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, and get a dose of the wild on Rosedelco- Day tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Villamil tour planning website.

You can fly from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Floreana

— 2 nights
On the 29th (Mon), 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Floreana trip itinerary maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana due to the time zone difference. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, head outdoors with Think Galapagos, kick back and relax at Playa de los Perros, and stroll around El Garrapatero.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Floreana to Puerto Ayora with the Route module. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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: make a trip to Dona Pilo, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, kick back and relax at Puerto Chino Beach, and stroll through Cerro Brujo.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. April in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel 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.
On the 12th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, then visit Cerro Santa Ana, then take a stroll through Las Penas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo de Guzman. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and then stroll around Parque Seminario.

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

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Guayaquil are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Ecuador travel guide

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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.