17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Fly to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Drive to Otavalo
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Otavalo
— 5 nights
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Quito
— 10 nights
Fly

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Otavalo

— 5 nights
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galeria Gabriel Ceballos Ulloa and Iglesia El Jordan. Head to Otavalo Market and Peguche Wasifor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Otavalo side-trips: Parque Arqueologico Cochasqui (in Puntazanja), Ibarra (La Plaza Shopping Center & Laguna de Yahuarcocha) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Bolivar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gruta y la Cruz del Socavon.

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Chicago, USA to Otavalo is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Otavalo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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Quito

— 10 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to El Sagrario and Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal. Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Horseback Riding Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 28th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, steep yourself in history at Guapulo, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

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Getting from Otavalo to Quito by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Quito sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Side Trip

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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.