47 days in Ecuador Itinerary

47 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador tour itinerary planner

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Fly
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Cuenca
— 4 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 5 nights
Fly
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Guayaquil
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Puerto Lopez
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salinas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mindo
— 3 nights
Fly to Coca, Bus to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
Bus
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Tena
— 1 night
Drive
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Banos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Quito
— 6 nights
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Cuenca

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Plaza Abdon Calderon and Horseback Riding Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ingapirca Ruins and Museo Catedral Vieja. Get out of town with these interesting Cuenca side-trips: Ingapirca (Ingapirca Archaeological Complex & Cara del Inca). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, contemplate the long history of The Ruins of Todos Los Santos, view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, and admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cuenca route builder website.

Paris, France to Cuenca is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to Cuenca, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Paris, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Cuenca, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 5 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Laguna Salinas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isabela Island Wetlands Complex and Isabela Island. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Los Tuneles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, get impressive views of Sierra Negra, and trek along Pozas verde.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil takes 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Garrapatero and Lava Tunnel. Step out of the city life by going to Charles Darwin Research Station and North Seymour Island. There's much more to do: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, cast your line with a fishing tour, and explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 5 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Tijeretas and Playa Punta Carola. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo, head outdoors with Cerro Tijeretas, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Playa Mann.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip builder website.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Guayaquil

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Faro de Guayaquil and Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil. Get some historical perspective at Iglesia San Francisco and Iglesia Santo Domingo de Guzman. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, take a stroll through Las Penas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Schoenstatt Sanctuary, and head outdoors with Malecon del Salado.

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You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 4 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Puerto Lopez

— 3 nights
Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa de los Frailes and Isla de la Plata. Step out of the city life by going to Playa de Olon and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Lopez: Isla de la Plata (in Machalilla National Park), Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar (in Olon) and Montanita (Parasailing & Paragliding & Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Aventuras La Plata and stop by Pacha Chocolates.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Puerto Lopez travel route tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Guayaquil to Puerto Lopez takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Puerto Lopez, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salinas.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Salinas

— 2 nights
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Cerro El Tablazo, head outdoors with La Chocolatera, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Chipipe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Malecón Salinas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Salinas, then kick back and relax at Playa San Pablo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Punta Blanca.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salinas trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Lopez to Salinas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Salinas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mindo.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mindo

— 3 nights
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Get outdoors at Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge and Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Mindo with a short trip to Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve in Tandayapa, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the sheer force of Nambilla Cascadas, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Turistico de Mindo, and hike along Yellow House Hiking Trails.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mindo trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Salinas to Mindo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

— 1 night
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 8th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande and then stroll through Cuyabeno Reserve.

Make your Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mindo to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Tena.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Tena

— 1 night

Cinnamon Capital

A jump-off point for exploring the rainforest and its rivers, Tena boasts a well-established commercial and tourist core, with a small airport and bus terminal and plenty of operators offering organized wilderness tours.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Centro Ecoturismo Comunitario Kamak Maki, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Jatunyacu River.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tena trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Tena by bus takes about 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Museums · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Banos

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pro Bici and Cascada EL Pailon. Get some historical perspective at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa) and Catedral de Riobamba. Change things up with a short trip to Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion in Riobamba (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Tungurahua, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Banos vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Tena to Banos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Quito

— 6 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.
Get outdoors at Cotopaxi National Park and Condor Park. Popular historic sites such as Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Otavalo (Iglesia San Francisco, Gruta y la Cruz del Socavon, &more) and Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, deepen your understanding at La Ronda, walk around Parque La Carolina, and examine the collection at Museo Casa del Alabado.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Quito online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Banos to Quito takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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.