22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h
3
Cuenca
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  5​h
4
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Guayaquil
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Frankfurt

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Quito Old Town. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica del Voto Nacional and San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire all the interesting features of La Ronda, see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre, and don't miss a visit to El Panecillo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito trip planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Quito is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Quito. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dusseldorf in October: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

1
night
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve ©
A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the activities along Laguna Grande and then identify plant and animal life at Cuyabeno Reserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve day trip planning site .

Getting from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cuyabeno Reserve ©
Cuyabeno Reserve
Laguna Grande ©
Laguna Grande

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Todos Los Santos, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then examine the collection at Homero Ortega, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park. Keep things going the next day: ride a horse along Centro Ecuestre Bellavista, admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, then pause for some serene contemplation at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, and finally make a trip to Plaza de las flores.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cuenca day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Cuenca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

3
nights
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Visiting Concha de Perla and Sierra Negra will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Tunel del Estero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Villamil trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Posada de flamengos ©
Posada de flamengos

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maprae and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Get outdoors at Reserva El Chato and Charles Darwin Research Station. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora visit planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
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Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Get outdoors at Cerro Tijeretas and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Punta Pitt and look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

4
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guayaquil Historical Park and Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art. Popular historic sites such as Schoenstatt Sanctuary and Iglesia de La Merced are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Las Penas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, and stroll around Parque el Lago.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Guayaquil trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil by flight takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in November, you will find days in Guayaquil are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

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