6 days in Banos, Puyo & Cuenca Itinerary

6 days in Banos, Puyo & Cuenca Itinerary

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6 days in Banos, Puyo & Cuenca Itinerary

Start: Cuenca
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5​h
1
Banos
— 2 nights
Bus:  45​min
2
Puyo
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Cuenca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Guayaquil

2
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.
Banos is known for nature, adventure, trails, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mundo Verde, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get great views at La Casa del Arbol.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Banos tour itinerary maker tool .

Cuenca to Banos is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Puyo.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Parasailing & Paragliding
Ruta de las cascadas ©
Ruta de las cascadas

1
night
Puyo

Puyo ©
Puyo, also known as El Puyo, is the capital of Pastaza, a province in Ecuador. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico las Orquideas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yana Cocha, and then don't miss a visit to Parque Etnobotanico Omaere.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puyo holiday site .

Traveling by bus from Banos to Puyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puyo

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Botanico las Orquideas ©
Jardin Botanico las Orquideas
Parque Etnobotanico Omaere ©
Parque Etnobotanico Omaere

2
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 17th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores, and finally admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Todos Santos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, and finally see the interesting displays at Cava San Miguel.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puyo to Cuenca in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
Rio Tomebamba ©
Rio Tomebamba