14 days in Ecuador Itinerary

14 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Quito
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quilotoa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Banos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puyo
— 1 night
Drive
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
Drive
6
Ayangue
— 1 night
Drive
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Montanita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Machalilla National Park
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Quito online vacation maker.

Montreal, Canada to Quito is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Montreal in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Quito: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Quito

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Quilotoa

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Sun), get great views at Shalala Lodge and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Reserva Ecologica Los Ilinizas.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Quilotoa online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quito to Quilotoa in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
On the 5th (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada EL Pailon. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to La Casa del Arbol, head outdoors with Canopy doble puerta del cielo, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa).

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Banos holiday app.

Traveling by car from Quilotoa to Banos takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puyo.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
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Puyo

— 1 night
Puyo, also known as El Puyo, is the capital of Pastaza, a province in Ecuador. On the 7th (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fundacion Los Monos Selva y Vida, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico las Orquideas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yana Cocha, and finally see the interesting displays at Nate Saint House.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puyo online road trip planner.

You can drive from Banos to Puyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puyo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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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 8th (Fri), take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, then visit Las Penas, then stop by Cerro Santa Ana, and finally visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil visit planner.

Traveling by car from Puyo to Guayaquil takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Guayaquil sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Ayangue.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Ayangue

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): head outdoors with Ray Aguila and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Ayangue.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Ayangue road trip planning app.

Drive from Guayaquil to Ayangue in 3 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil in October, expect nights in Ayangue to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Montanita.

Things to do in Ayangue

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Montanita

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): deepen your understanding at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento del Surfista, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Olon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Plaza Comunal, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Montanita.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Montanita trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Ayangue to Montanita takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Montanita are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Machalilla National Park.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Machalilla National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 12th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Agua Blanca and then kick back and relax at Playa de los Frailes. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Isla de la Plata.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Machalilla National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Montanita to Machalilla National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Montanita in October, you will find days in Machalilla National Park are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Machalilla National Park

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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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.