60 days in Ecuador Itinerary

60 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Quito
— 6 nights
2
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
3
Tena
— 2 nights
4
Banos
— 5 nights
5
Riobamba
— 4 nights
6
Cuenca
— 5 nights
7
Loja
— 4 nights
8
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 7 nights
9
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 7 nights
10
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 6 nights
11
Floreana
— 2 nights
12
Salinas
— 2 nights
13
Puerto Lopez
— 3 nights
14
Guayaquil
— 5 nights

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Casa del Alabado and Catedral Metropolitana de Quito. Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Calacali (Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve & Joyas del Ecuador Wellness Spa). Spend the 12th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. On the 10th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, gain insight at La Ronda, admire the landmark architecture of El Palacio de Gobierno, and walk around Parque Itchimbia.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Quito trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Quito is an approximately 13-hour flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in August; daily highs in Quito reach 74°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Calacali, Cotopaxi National Park
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Walking tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the activities along Laguna Grande and then stroll through Cuyabeno Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve sightseeing planner.

Fly from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Tena.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cuyabeno Reserve ©
Cuyabeno Reserve
Laguna Grande ©
Laguna Grande

2
nights
Tena

Tena ©
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.
On the 15th (Sat), see the interesting displays 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Latas, and then relax and rejuvenate at Centre Devas.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tena online trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Tena in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Misahualli
Highlights from your plan
Jatunyacu River ©
Jatunyacu River
Kayaking & Canoeing
Centro Ecoturismo Comunitario Kamak Maki ©
Centro Ecoturismo Comunitario Kamak Maki

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa). Change things up with these side-trips from Banos: Ambato (Parque Provincial de la Familia & Mausoleo de Montalvo), Puyo (Jardin Botanico las Orquideas & Portal a la selva) and Iglesia Matriz de Salcedo (in Salcedo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Manto de la Novia, get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Banos online day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Tena to Banos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Riobamba.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Ambato, Puyo, Las Piscinas de la Virgen, Iglesia Matriz de Salcedo
Highlights from your plan
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)
Zipline
Parque Provincial de la Familia ©
Parque Provincial de la Familia

4
nights
Riobamba

Riobamba ©
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Explore hidden gems such as Pro Bici and Ecuador Eco Adventure. Change things up with a short trip to Volcan Chimborazo in Guaranda (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Sangay National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Chimborazo, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Condor Cocha, steep yourself in history at Catedral de Riobamba, and see the sights as you ascend with Julio Verne Travel.

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

Take a bus from Banos to Riobamba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Riobamba, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Chimborazo, Volcan Chimborazo
Highlights from your plan
Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Chimborazo ©
Chimborazo
Volcan Chimborazo ©
Volcan Chimborazo

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Plaza Abdon Calderon and El Carmen de la Asuncion Church. Get out of town with these interesting Cuenca side-trips: Ingapirca (Ingapirca Archaeological Complex, Ingapirca Ruins, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico, and see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cuenca vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Riobamba to Cuenca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Loja.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Ingapirca
Highlights from your plan
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon
Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins

4
nights
Loja

Loja ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Recreacional Jipiro and Parque Eolico Villonaco. Explore Loja's surroundings by going to Podocarpus National Park (in Zamora), Santiago (Santiago Island & Sullivan Bay) and Hosteria Izhcayluma Spa (in Vilcabamba). Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Podocarpus. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Puerta de la Ciudad, go for a walk through Calle Lourdes, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Loja, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Parque Central.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Loja road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Loja takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Loja

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santiago, Podocarpus National Park, Hosteria Izhcayluma Spa
Highlights from your plan
Parque Recreacional Jipiro ©
Parque Recreacional Jipiro
Puerta de la Ciudad ©
Puerta de la Ciudad
Parque Nacional Podocarpus ©
Parque Nacional Podocarpus

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Tijeretas and Cerro Brujo. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, don't miss a visit to Lagoon El Junco, kick back and relax at Playa Mann, and explore the galleries of Interpretation Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Loja to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 6.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for the ferry ride to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna las Ninfas and Santa Cruz Island. When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately Baltra away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon de Puerto Ayora, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora driving holiday planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Bellavista, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Laguna las Ninfas ©
Laguna las Ninfas
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, visit Los Tuneles, and get a dose of the wild on Rosedelco- Day tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Floreana

Floreana ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Post Office Bay, stroll through Cormorant Point, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Negra, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Floreana vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana due to the time zone difference. On the 25th (Fri), you're off to Salinas.

Things to do in Floreana

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

2
nights
Salinas

Salinas ©
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
On the 26th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Cerro El Tablazo, get outside with La Chocolatera, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, and finally stroll through Playa de Chipipe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Pablo, stroll through Playa de Punta Blanca, then kick back and relax at Playa Las Salinas, and finally take in the waterfront at Malecón Salinas.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Salinas trip itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Floreana to Salinas. In September, daily temperatures in Salinas can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Elena
Highlights from your plan
La Chocolatera ©
La Chocolatera
Playa de Chipipe ©
Playa de Chipipe
Malecón Salinas ©
Malecón Salinas

3
nights
Puerto Lopez

Puerto Lopez ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Lopez: Machalilla National Park (Isla de la Plata & Agua Blanca) and Playa de Olon (in Santa Elena). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Frailes, make a trip to Clara Luna, explore the gorgeous colors at Isla de la Plata, and get outside with Aventuras La Plata.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Lopez travel planning tool.

Drive from Salinas to Puerto Lopez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Salinas in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Puerto Lopez: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Machalilla National Park, Playa de Olon, Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes
Highlights from your plan
Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Isla de la Plata ©
Isla de la Plata

5
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hacienda La Danesa Lodge and Isla Santay. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Guayaquil online travel planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Lopez to Guayaquil takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 71°F. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Isla Santay ©
Isla Santay
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil ©
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil

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