8 days in Ecuador Itinerary

8 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  16 h
1
Cuenca
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  6 h 30 min
2
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Shuttle + Fly:  5 h
3
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: London

1
night
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
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 8th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Catedral Vieja.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cuenca trip planner.

London, UK to Cuenca is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. Traveling from London to Cuenca, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cuenca, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral

3
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.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, and don't miss a visit to Monumento de la Tortuga.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cuenca to Puerto Ayora takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cuenca in August: high temperatures in Puerto Ayora hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

2
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.
On the 12th (Wed), examine the collection at Intinan Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Equinoccial. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Quito trip builder app.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Quito by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in August, expect Quito to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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