24 days in Ecuador Itinerary

24 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Quito
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tena
— 1 night
Drive
3
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Riobamba
— 1 night
Drive
5
Cuenca
— 2 nights
Taxi to Guayaquil, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Lopez
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Guayaquil
— 2 nights
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Quito

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as El Palacio de Gobierno and La Virgen del Panecillo. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Quito trip planning app.

Chicago, USA to Quito is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Quito is 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in November: high temperatures in Quito hover around 72°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Tena.

Things to do in Quito

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Tena

— 1 night

Cinnamon Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tena road trip planning tool.

Getting from Quito to Tena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
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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 24th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Manto de la Novia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): stroll through Ruta de las cascadas, then admire the sheer force of Cascada EL Pailon, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Banos planning app.

You can drive from Tena to Banos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Adventure
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Riobamba

— 1 night
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion, then grab your bike and head to Pro Bici, and then take in the awesome beauty at Avenida De Los Volcanes.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Riobamba attractions planner.

You can drive from Banos to Riobamba in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Riobamba sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
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Cuenca

— 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally soak in style at Piedra de Agua Fuente Termal & Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Catedral Vieja, then immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cuenca online visit planner.

You can drive from Riobamba to Cuenca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature · Parks · Baths · Outdoors
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 3 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan and The Wall of Tears. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, take in the dramatic natural features at Los Tuneles, and get outside with Cueva de Sucre.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 4 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Explore hidden gems such as Rancho Primicias and Speed Boats Tours. There's lots more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, get outside with Galapagos Sub Aqua, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora road trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. In December in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 3 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Explore hidden gems such as Cerro Tijeretas and Playa Mann. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Puerto Chino Beach, stroll through La Loberia, get outside with Cerro Tijeretas, and make a trip to Dona Pilo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno vacation builder app.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Puerto Lopez

— 2 nights
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 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Olon and then gain insight at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Aventuras La Plata, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Frailes.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Puerto Lopez travel planner.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Lopez by flight takes about 4 hours. December in Puerto Lopez sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Guayaquil

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, walk around Parque Seminario, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, and finally stop by Las Penas.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Guayaquil trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Lopez to Guayaquil takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Puerto Lopez in December: highs in Guayaquil hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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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.