7 days in Ecuador Itinerary

7 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Quito
— 1 day
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Quito trip planner.

Guayaquil to Quito is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Guayaquil in December; daily highs in Quito reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): slough off your stress at Piedra de Agua Fuente Termal & Spa, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and finally contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, and then examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuenca day trip website.

You can fly from Quito to Cuenca in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cuenca are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature · Parks · Baths · Outdoors

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like El Garrapatero and Tunel de Lava Bellavista. There's lots more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, and admire the masterpieces at Maprae.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora travel planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cuenca to Puerto Ayora in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Cuenca in December, things will get a bit warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 32°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
On the 7th (Mon), kick back and relax at La Loberia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and then make a trip to Lagoon El Junco.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno road trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.