40 days in Ecuador & Chilean Patagonia Itinerary

40 days in Ecuador & Chilean Patagonia Itinerary

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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Floreana, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Coyhaique, Chile
— 4 nights
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Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile
— 3 nights
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Shuttle to Coyhaique, Bus to Balmaceda, Foot to Balmaceda, Fly to Punta Arenas
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 7 nights
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 12 nights
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Quito, Ecuador

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of El Sagrario, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Camilo Egas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito trip itinerary tool.

Bogota, Colombia to Quito is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Quito, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cuenca.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

Cuenca, Ecuador

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Museo Catedral Vieja, pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada ConcepciĆ³n Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, then get engrossed in the history at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Homero Ortega.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Cuenca online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cuenca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Cuenca, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 2 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with Los Tuneles, don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears, and then stroll through Concha de Perla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, then head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, then explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil planning tool.

Getting from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil by flight takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Floreana, Ecuador

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown, then get to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz, then stroll through Cormorant Point, and finally make a trip to Post Office Bay.

Make your Floreana itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Villamil to Floreana with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Aymara, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and then stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at The Angelique Art Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Ayora. In April, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, and then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon San Cristobal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to La Casa del Ceibo, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, then stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. April in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, and then stroll around Parque Seminario. On the next day, stop by Cerro Santa Ana, then visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, then enjoy breathtaking views from La Perla, and finally take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Guayaquil day trip tool.

Fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Coyhaique, Chile

— 4 nights
Founded in 1929, Coyhaique is a young city--a baby by world standards--developed from humble agricultural origins to become the capital and main hub of the largely rural Aysen Region.
Spend the 19th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Coyhaique National Reserve. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo, try to win big at Casino Dreams Coyhaique, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rio Simpson Nacional Reserve, and look for gifts at La Bodeguita.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Coyhaique route app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guayaquil to Coyhaique. Traveling from Guayaquil to Coyhaique, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Guayaquil in April: high temperatures in Coyhaique hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Casinos

Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile

— 3 nights
Sandwiched between a sapphire lake and a mountainous Patagonian national park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo makes an excellent base for outdoor tourism.
Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Cathedrals, hike along Turismo Valle Leones, identify plant and animal life at Bayo Lake, and get outside with Glaciar Exploradores.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Puerto Rio Tranquilo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Coyhaique to Puerto Rio Tranquilo by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In April in Puerto Rio Tranquilo, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 7 nights
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 29th (Thu), plan a day focused around Plaza Armas Punta Arenas. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal, see the interesting displays at Museo Del Recuerdo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional De Magallanes, and head outdoors with Strait of Magellan.

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Do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Punta Arenas in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Puerto Rio Tranquilo in April, plan for slightly colder days in Punta Arenas, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 12 nights
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico, stop by Krea Noe, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) vacation planning website.

Getting from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daily temperatures in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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.