9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Quito
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Cuenca
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  6​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Guayaquil
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
End: Raleigh

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Illiniza Ecological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, contemplate the geological forces at Pichincha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, and finally make a trip to Bordados Zuleta.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito trip maker site .

Raleigh, USA to Quito is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Raleigh in December, expect Quito to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Quito

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pichincha
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Plaza de las flores, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, then stop by Homero Ortega, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Cuenca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in December, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cuenca

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

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.
Galeria Aymara and Maprae are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Las Grietas. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Cuenca to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cuenca in December; daily highs in Puerto Ayora reach 82°F and lows reach 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 28th (Sat), take a stroll through Las Penas, get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Guayaquil trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Guayaquil takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in December, expect nights in Guayaquil to be about the same, around 74°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil ©

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