57 days in Ecuador Itinerary

57 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador travel route planner

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Quito
— 6 nights
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Banos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Otavalo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mindo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Guayaquil
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 8 nights
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Santiago
— 1 night
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Floreana
— 2 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 7 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Cuenca
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— 6 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). Spend the 16th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, examine the collection at Intinan Museum, and don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Quito trip builder tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Quito. In December, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Banos

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Banos: Jardin Botanico las Orquideas (in Puyo) and Riobamba (Avenida De Los Volcanes & Pro Bici). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Cascada el Pailon (del Diablo), take some stellar pictures from La Casa del Arbol, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and head outdoors with Canopy double puerta del cielo.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Banos trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Quito to Banos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Otavalo

— 4 nights
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Change things up with these side-trips from Otavalo: Cayambe (Quitsato, Hacienda La Jesus, &more), Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra (in Ibarra) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market, pick up some local products at Mercado 24 de Mayo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia El Jordan.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Otavalo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Banos to Otavalo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mindo.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Mindo

— 5 nights
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mindo: Pacha Quindi Nature Refuge (in Tandayapa) and Milpe Bird Sanctuary (in San Miguel de los Bancos). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Nambilla Cascadas, hike along Yellow House Hiking Trails, and get in on the family fun at Minjoy Park.

Planning Mindo trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Otavalo to Mindo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Guayaquil

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Explore Guayaquil's surroundings by going to Salinas (La Loberia & La Chocolatera). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Las Penas, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, and examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Mindo to Guayaquil takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Guayaquil are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 7 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, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at La Loberia, and learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. January in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 8 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, and kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora vacation planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. January in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Santiago

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): head off the coast to Santiago Island.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santiago sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Ayora to Santiago. January in Santiago sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Floreana

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: 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.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Floreana trip builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santiago to Floreana. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 7 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: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, step off the mainland to explore Isabela Island, and take a tour by water with Los Tuneles.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference when traveling from Floreana to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cuenca

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cuenca: Ingapirca Ruins (in Ingapirca) and Mirador Tres Cruces (in Dos Cuevas). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, and see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip maker.

Fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca. In February, daytime highs in Cuenca are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.

Galapagos Islands travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.