11 days in Ecuador Itinerary

11 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Drive to Otavalo
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Otavalo
— 1 night
Drive
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Quito
— 2 nights
Drive
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Banos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alausi
— 1 night
Drive
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
Fly

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Otavalo

— 1 night
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Laguna de Yahuarcocha, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Lechero, and then walk around Condor Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Otavalo online trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Otavalo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Barcelona to Otavalo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get outside with Jardin Botanico de Quito, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the world behind art at Convento De San Francisco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of El Sagrario. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Manuela Saenz, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana de Quito.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito road trip website.

You can drive from Otavalo to Quito in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Banos

— 2 nights
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.
You've now added Servi Taxi Banos to your itinerary. On the 7th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then catch a ride with Servi Taxi Banos. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Canopy doble puerta del cielo, then take in the natural beauty of Las Piscinas de la Virgen, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally admire the sheer force of Cascada el Manto de la Novia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Banos day trip app.

You can drive from Quito to Banos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Alausi.

Things to do in Banos

Tours · Parks · Transportation · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Alausi

— 1 night
Alausí is a town in the Chimborazo province of Ecuador.HistoryDuring the Spanish conquest of Ecuador, the city was named by Sebastián de Belalcázar as San Pedro de Alausí, giving the city the name of the saint of the day, coinciding with the founding of the city of Quito. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Mirador de San Pedro, don't miss a visit to El Reloj Publico, then make a trip to Monumento a la Libertad, and finally go for a walk through Parque 13 de Noviembre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Alausi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Banos to Alausi takes 3 hours. In October in Alausi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cuenca.
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, then soak in style at Piedra de Agua Fuente Termal & Spa, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Homero Ortega, steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores, pause for some serene contemplation at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, then admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and finally steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca travel route site.

You can drive from Alausi to Cuenca in 3.5 hours. October in Cuenca sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 12th (Tue), head off the coast to Isla Santay, then visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, and then wander the streets of Las Penas.

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

You can drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, Guayaquil is somewhat warmer than Cuenca - with highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.

Chimborazo Province travel guide

4.2
Biking Trails · Mountains · Churches
Chimborazo is a province in the central Ecuadorian Andes. It is a home to a section of Sangay National Park. The capital is Riobamba. The province contains Chimborazo (6,267 m), Ecuador's highest mountain.CantonsThe province is divided into 10 cantons. The following table lists each with its population at the time of the 2001 census, its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat or capital.Town's in the province include Cacha.DemographicsEthnic groups as of the Ecuadorian census of 2010: Mestizo 58.4%Indigenous 38.0%White 2.2%Afro-Ecuadorian 1.1%Montubio 0.3%Other 0.1%

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