45 days in Ecuador Itinerary

45 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Quito
— 5 nights
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 2 nights
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Otavalo
— 1 night
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Quilotoa
— 1 night
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Banos
— 3 nights
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Riobamba
— 2 nights
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Cuenca
— 3 nights
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Loja
— 2 nights
Bus to Cuenca, Fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 6 nights
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Floreana
— 2 nights
Drive to Seymour Airport, Fly to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport
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Guayaquil
— 4 nights
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Quito

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Joyas del Ecuador Wellness Spa (in Calacali). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to El Panecillo.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Quito tour itinerary maker.

Huntsville, USA to Quito is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Huntsville to Quito due to the time zone difference. In June, Quito is a bit cooler than Huntsville - with highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

2
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stroll through Cuyabeno Reserve and then explore the activities along Laguna Grande. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Cuyabeno Dolphin Lodge.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve road trip app.

Fly from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Otavalo.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Otavalo

An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
On the 12th (Sat), hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Condor Park.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Otavalo trip builder site.

Getting from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Otavalo by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Nature

1
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Quilotoa

On the 13th (Sun), explore the activities along Napo River and then explore the activities along Laguna Quilotoa.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Quilotoa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Otavalo to Quilotoa takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

3
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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.
Banos is known for nature, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Manto de la Novia, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Banos day trip app.

Getting from Quilotoa to Banos by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Riobamba.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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Riobamba

Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. On the 17th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Avenida De Los Volcanes, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Pro Bici. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sangay National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Riobamba planner.

Traveling by car from Banos to Riobamba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Riobamba can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Cuenca

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Cuenca is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, trot along with a tour on horseback, and pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cuenca trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Riobamba to Cuenca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Loja.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Loja

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Santiago Island, take in the dramatic natural features at Sullivan Bay, and then make a trip to Calle Lourdes. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Podocarpus.

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

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Loja takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Loja

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Dona Pilo, kick back and relax at Punta Pitt, learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, and get outside with Cerro Tijeretas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno tour builder app.

Getting from Loja to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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: enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, head off the coast to Santa Cruz Island, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lava Tunnel.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Puerto Villamil, Isabela

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: see some colorful creatures with Los Tuneles, step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, and admire all the interesting features of Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil online trip itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Floreana

On the 13th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Negra, and finally stroll through Cormorant Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Floreana trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Villamil to Floreana with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Guayaquil

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: get a taste of life in the country at Hacienda La Danesa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, and enjoy breathtaking views from La Perla.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Guayaquil trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Floreana to Guayaquil. In July in Guayaquil, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · 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.