13 days in Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

13 days in Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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Guayaquil
— 2 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
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Guayaquil

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, then take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, and then visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Presley Norton Museum, then take a stroll through Las Penas, and then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil road trip planning site.

Vancouver, Canada to Guayaquil is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 3 hours. In December, Guayaquil is much hotter than Vancouver - with highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 3 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, make a trip to The Wall of Tears, head outdoors with Los Tuneles, and stroll through Concha de Perla.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil trip planning tool.

You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Villamil in 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 4 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and get a taste of the local shopping with Samay Latin Art.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Quito

— 3 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 13th (Mon): admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Sagrario, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Quito online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito in 9 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Ayora in December; daily highs in Quito reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Quito

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Ecuador travel guide

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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.

Galapagos Islands travel guide

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World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.