23 days in Ecuador Itinerary

23 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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23 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Puerto Lopez
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + Fly:  8​h
3
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Loja
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Cuenca
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
8
Otavalo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Tena
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
10
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Orlando

2
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Las Penas, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Guayaquil trip tool .

Orlando, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Orlando in November: high temperatures in Guayaquil hover around 87°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Centro Recreacional Turistico Oasis
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil ©
Plaza Lagos ©
Plaza Lagos

2
nights
Puerto Lopez

Puerto Lopez ©
Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stop by El Artesan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, then get outside with Aventuras La Plata, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Frailes. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Clara Luna, see the vivid underwater world at Isla de la Plata, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Fish Market, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Lopez trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Puerto Lopez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Puerto Lopez are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Playa de los Frailes, Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar
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Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Isla de la Plata ©
Isla de la Plata
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, and then get impressive views of Sierra Negra. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, then identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally don't miss a visit to Malecon Cuna del Sol.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Villamil trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Puerto Lopez to Puerto Villamil takes 8 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 Puerto Lopez to Puerto Villamil. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Reserva El Chato will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, take in the exciting artwork at Maki-Art Gallery, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at El Garrapatero.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Tijeretas and Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado. Explore hidden gems such as La Loberia and Playa Mann. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, and take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Pitt.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. November in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Loja.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

1
night
Loja

Loja ©
On vacation in Loja--a city that loves its music and art--you may very well see the locals singing as they go about their business, through streets decorated with splashes of paint and tiled murals.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Centro Comercial Loja, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de la Independencia, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Loja, then contemplate the long history of Puerta de la Ciudad, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Virgen El Cisne.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Loja trip planner .

Fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Loja in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Loja

Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerta de la Ciudad ©
Puerta de la Ciudad
Plaza de la Independencia ©
Plaza de la Independencia
Basilica de la Virgen El Cisne ©
Basilica de la Virgen El Cisne

3
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Escape the urban bustle at El Cajas National Park and Plaza Abdon Calderon. Get a sense of the local culture at Ingapirca Ruins and Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller. Step out of Cuenca to go to Ingapirca and see Ingapirca Archaeological Complex, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, explore the galleries of Artes de la Tierra Galeria, browse for treasures at Galeria Versailles, and see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cuenca day trip app .

Traveling by car from Loja to Cuenca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cuenca are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Otavalo.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ingapirca
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Homero Ortega ©
Homero Ortega
Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon

1
night
Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de San Luis, then hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market, then stop by Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado, and finally savor the flavors at Mercado 24 de Mayo.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Otavalo online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cuenca to Otavalo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Tena.

Things to do in Otavalo

Shopping Parks Nature
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Otavalo Market ©
Otavalo Market
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche
Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado ©
Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado

1
night
Tena

A jump-off point for exploring the rainforest and its rivers, Tena boasts a well-established commercial and tourist core, with a small airport and bus terminal and plenty of operators offering organized wilderness tours.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Latas, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tena vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Otavalo to Tena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cascadas de Latas
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Cascadas de Latas ©
Cascadas de Latas

2
nights
Banos

Banos
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, view the masterpieces at Barahona Galeria de Arte - Hospedaje, then contemplate the geological forces at Tungurahua, and finally look for gifts at Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron).

Plan trip to Banos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Tena to Banos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tungurahua
Tungurahua
Zipline

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for gifts at Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

Discover how to plan a Quito trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Banos to Quito in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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