26 days in Ecuador Itinerary

26 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador visit planner

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Guayaquil
— 1 night
Fly
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 4 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Quito
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Quito
— 5 nights
Drive
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Banos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Riobamba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo Nahim Isaias and then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario, take a stroll through Las Penas, and then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Guayaquil online trip maker.

Cusco, Peru to Guayaquil is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cusco, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Guayaquil, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 4 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore and take pictures at Interpretation Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and kick back and relax at Playa Mann.

To see ratings and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online day trip planner.

Fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 4 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil in September, you will find days in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 5 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, take in the exciting artwork at SAMAY Latin Art, stop by Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, and stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora online attractions planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 4 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, get impressive views of Sierra Negra, indulge in some personalized pampering at La Playita, and head off the coast to Las Tintoreras.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil driving holiday planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Quito

— 5 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.
Quito is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, make a trip to Independence Square, deepen your understanding at La Ronda, and see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Quito online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Villamil to Quito takes 5.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Quito due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:

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 25th (Sat), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Manto de la Novia. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to La Casa del Arbol, then grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada EL Pailon.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Banos road trip planning site.

You can drive from Quito to Banos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Riobamba

— 2 nights
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 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Sangay National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Avenida De Los Volcanes and then stroll through Pro Bici.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Riobamba online trip planner.

Drive from Banos to Riobamba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Riobamba, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

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.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the views from El Puente Roto, explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, then look for gifts at Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca driving holiday planner.

Drive from Riobamba to Cuenca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cuenca are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

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.