43 days in Ecuador Itinerary

43 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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43 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Bus + Fly:  15​h
1
Quito
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Quilotoa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Banos
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 day
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
5
Cotacachi
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Cuenca
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  5​h
7
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 6 nights
Travel:  4​h 45​min
8
Floreana
— 2 nights
Travel:  4​h 30​min
9
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
10
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h
11
Guayaquil
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  14​h 15​min
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad

5
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 26th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, browse the exhibits of La Capilla Del Hombre, deepen your understanding at La Ronda, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Quito online trip itinerary builder .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Quito is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is minus 1 hour. Expect colder weather when traveling from Port of Spain in March: highs in Quito hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Cotopaxi National Park
Highlights from your plan
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

1
night
Quilotoa

Quilotoa ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get great views at Shalala Lodge and then explore the activities along Laguna Quilotoa.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Quilotoa planner .

Traveling by car from Quito to Quilotoa takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Laguna Quilotoa
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Quilotoa ©
Laguna Quilotoa
Shalala Lodge ©
Shalala Lodge

4
nights
Banos

Banos ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Banos side-trips: Riobamba (Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion & Pro Bici). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), and explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Banos trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Quilotoa to Banos takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Riobamba
Highlights from your plan
Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
day
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve ©
A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
On the 2nd (Thu), stroll through Cuyabeno Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Banos to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cotacachi.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cuyabeno Reserve ©
Cuyabeno Reserve

1
night
Cotacachi

Cotacachi ©
On the 3rd (Fri), admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche, then hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cuicocha.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cotacachi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Cotacachi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Cotacachi

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Otavalo
Highlights from your plan
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Otavalo Market ©
Otavalo Market
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche

5
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
When in Cuenca, make a side trip to see Ingapirca Ruins in Ingapirca, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, and admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Cotacachi to Cuenca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Homero Ortega ©
Homero Ortega
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
Rio Tomebamba ©
Rio Tomebamba

6
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, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, and get outside with Cueva de Sucre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil visit planner.

You can fly from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Floreana

Floreana ©
On the 15th (Wed), make a trip to Post Office Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cormorant Point, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asilo de la Paz, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Negra, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Floreana travel route site .

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 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Floreana

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

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.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes.

Before you visit Puerto Ayora, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Ayora. April in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
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

6
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, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo, don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Chino Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip builder .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. In April in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

5
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, shopping, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Guayaquil trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

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

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