12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador trip planner

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Fly
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Quito
— 3 nights
Drive
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Quilotoa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Cuenca
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Drive to Baltimore

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Quito

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Get in touch with nature at Termas de Papallacta and Illiniza Ecological Reserve. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, make a trip to La Capilla Del Hombre, deepen your understanding at La Ronda, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Quito route planner.

Baltimore, USA to Quito is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Baltimore in January, expect Quito to be warmer, temps between 72°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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2
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Quilotoa

On the 19th (Tue), explore the activities along Napo River and then explore the activities along Laguna Quilotoa.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Quilotoa trip planner.

You can drive from Quito to Quilotoa in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

2
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Banos

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Servi Taxi Banos. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get around town with Servi Taxi Banos. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Canopy double puerta del cielo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Banos trip planner.

Drive from Quilotoa to Banos in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Transportation
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

2
nights
Cuenca

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 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de las flores, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, and finally slough off your stress at Piedra de Agua Fuente Termal & Spa.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Banos to Cuenca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in January, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Baths
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:

2
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Guayaquil

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 24th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, and then get outside with Malecon del Salado. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, and then take a stroll through Las Penas.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Guayaquil road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Guayaquil takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in January, expect nights in Guayaquil to be much hotter, around 74°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

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.

Cotopaxi Province travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Volcanos · Lookouts
Cotopaxi is one of the provinces of Ecuador. The capital is Latacunga. The province contains the Cotopaxi Volcano, an intermittent volcano with a height of 19,388 feet.CantonsThe province is divided into 7 cantons. The following table lists each canton with its population (per the 2001 census), its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat (capital).DemographicsEthnic groups as of the Ecuadorian census of 2010: Mestizo 72.1%Indigenous 22.1%White 2.3%Montubio 1.8%Afro-Ecuadorian 1.7%Other 0.1%

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