13 days in Ecuador Itinerary

13 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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13 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nayon Xtreme Valley and El Sagrario. Saddle up on the 22nd (Sun) and explore with a tour on horseback. On the 23rd (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and see the interesting displays at Casa del Alabado.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Quito vacation builder app .

Rio Cuarto, Argentina to Quito is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio Cuarto to Quito due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rio Cuarto in September since evenings lows in Quito dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Otavalo.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Nayon Xtreme Valley ©
Nayon Xtreme Valley

2
nights
Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Cochasqui Pyramids, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, then take in the exciting artwork at Artesanias Ecuatorianas, and finally hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Otavalo trip planner .

You can take a bus from Quito to Otavalo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Otavalo

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cochasqui Pyramids, Artesanias Ecuatorianas
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Otavalo Market ©
Otavalo Market
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche
Cochasqui Pyramids ©
Cochasqui Pyramids

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.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores, take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, admire the landmark architecture of Corte Provincial de Justicia de Azuay, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Cathedral of Cuenca.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cuenca trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Otavalo to Cuenca in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Cuenca, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Montanita.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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El Carmen de la Asuncion Church ©
El Carmen de la Asuncion Church
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral

2
nights
Machalilla National Park

Machalilla National Park ©
A trip to Machalilla National Park provides an opportunity to witness the wetlands and forest of Ecuador and its rich plant and animal life, threatened by poaching and deforestation.
Isla de la Plata has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa de los Frailes and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de la Plata. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Agua Blanca.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Machalilla National Park road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Cuenca to Machalilla National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cuenca in September, you will find days in Machalilla National Park are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (25°C). You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Montanita.

Things to do in Machalilla National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Isla de la Plata ©
Isla de la Plata
Agua Blanca
Agua Blanca

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 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Barandua, then kick back and relax at Playa Montanita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Rosada.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Montanita trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Machalilla National Park to Montanita takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Machalilla National Park in September, expect nights in Montanita to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Elena, Playa Punta Barandua
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Playa Montanita
Playa Montanita

2
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Schoenstatt Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Bellavista, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of El Castillo Chocolate Farm, then head outdoors with Queen of Galapagos, then wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana, and finally take a stroll through Las Penas.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Guayaquil trip planner .

You can drive from Montanita to Guayaquil in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Montanita in September: highs in Guayaquil hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro ©
Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park

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