8 days in Ecuador Itinerary

8 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador route maker

Make it your trip
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Quito
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pujili
— 1 night
Drive
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Ambato
— 1 night
Drive
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Banos
— 1 night
Drive
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
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Quito

— 2 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bordados Zuleta, deepen your understanding at La Ronda, then see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Quito online driving holiday planner.

Willemstad, Curacao to Quito is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Willemstad to Quito is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Willemstad in March: high temperatures in Quito hover around 24°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Pujili.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Pujili

— 1 night
Pujilí is a small town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador, located ten to twenty minutes from Latacunga. On the 5th (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Canon del Rio Toachi.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pujili trip builder.

Getting from Quito to Pujili by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Quito in March, plan for little chillier nights in Pujili, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Ambato.

Things to do in Pujili

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Ambato

— 1 night
Ambato is a city located in the central Andean valley of Ecuador. On the 6th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral de Ambato, trek along Paseo Ecologico, then make a trip to Mausoleo de Montalvo, and finally stroll around Jardin Botanico Atocha-La Liria.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ambato holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pujili to Ambato takes an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Ambato

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

Banos

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Cascada EL Pailon, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Banos day trip site.

Traveling by car from Ambato to Banos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Cuenca

— 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cuenca road trip website.

Traveling by car from Banos to Cuenca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Cuenca, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.