8 days in Ecuador Itinerary

8 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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8 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Chamarel, Mauritius
Fly:  36​h
1
Cuenca
— Few hours
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  5​h
2
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Shuttle + Fly:  5​h
4
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Chamarel, Mauritius

few
hours
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 2nd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuenca vacation builder .

Chamarel, Mauritius to Cuenca is an approximately 36-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mauritius Time to Ecuador Time is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Chamarel in January, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Cuenca: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Playa Puerto Villamil and then head off the coast to Las Tintoreras.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Beaches
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Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

2
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.
On the 4th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, and then stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Alemanes.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora day trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. January in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito takes 5 hours. In January, Quito is little chillier than Puerto Ayora - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums
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Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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