10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Rio Cuarto
Fly:  20​h
1
Guayaquil
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Montanita
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Cuenca
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Otavalo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Latacunga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Rio Cuarto

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Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 21st (Sat), take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, then get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and finally wander the streets of Las Penas.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Guayaquil road trip planner .

Rio Cuarto, Argentina to Guayaquil is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio Cuarto to Guayaquil. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rio Cuarto in September: highs in Guayaquil hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Montanita.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife
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Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

1
night
Montanita

Montanita ©
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Olon, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Montanita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Rosada.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Montanita journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Montanita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Guayaquil in September: highs in Montanita hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Montanita

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Santa Elena
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Playa de Olon ©
Playa de Olon
Playa Montanita
Playa Montanita

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Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 23rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at El Museo de Las Conceptas, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Catedral Vieja, admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, get engrossed in the history at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, take in the exciting artwork at Miguel Illescas Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco.

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

Getting from Montanita to Cuenca by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Montanita in September, Cuenca is much colder at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Otavalo.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Homero Ortega ©
Homero Ortega
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

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Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
On the 25th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museo Fabrica Imbabura, then take in the exciting artwork at Artesanias Ecuatorianas, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Otavalo Market.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Otavalo trip planner .

Getting from Cuenca to Otavalo by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Latacunga.

Things to do in Otavalo

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

Museo Fabrica Imbabura, Artesanias Ecuatorianas
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Otavalo Market ©
Otavalo Market
Museo Fabrica Imbabura ©
Museo Fabrica Imbabura
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche

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Latacunga

Latacunga ©
Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the activities along Laguna de Limpiopungo, look for all kinds of wild species at Area Nacional de Recreacion El Boliche, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Latacunga trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Otavalo to Latacunga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Latacunga

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Laguna de Limpiopungo ©
Laguna de Limpiopungo
La Catedral ©
La Catedral

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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 27th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, explore the world behind art at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, then explore the world behind art at Guayasamin Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Olga Fisch Folklore, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then examine the collection at Intinan Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at La Ronda.

Make your Quito itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Latacunga to Quito in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Latacunga in September, things will get a bit warmer in Quito: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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