27 days in Ecuador Itinerary

27 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador holiday planner

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
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Floreana
— 2 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 5 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Quito
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Quito
— 4 nights
Drive
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Banos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Riobamba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cuenca
— 1 night
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Guayaquil
— 2 nights

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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.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, make a trip to Dona Pilo, see what you can catch with Galapagos Fan Dive, and kick back and relax at La Loberia.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is an approximately 4-hour flight. Traveling from Guayaquil in August, you will find days in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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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: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora driving holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Floreana

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Negra and then stroll through Cormorant Point. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown and then get to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Floreana trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Ayora to Floreana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 5 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: head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Villamil day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Floreana to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Quito

— 4 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: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, walk around Parque La Carolina, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and deepen your understanding at La Ronda.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Quito travel planner.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Quito in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Quito, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Quito are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa) and then admire the sheer force of Cascada EL Pailon. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally get great views at La Casa del Arbol.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Banos holiday builder site.

Getting from Quito to Banos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Banos

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
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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 10th (Fri): 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 grab your bike and head to Pro Bici.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Riobamba trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Banos to Riobamba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Riobamba can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Cuenca

— 1 night

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 12th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, snap pictures at El Puente Roto, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca road trip site.

You can drive from Riobamba to Cuenca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll around Parque Seminario, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, and then take a stroll through Las Penas. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park and then stop by Cerro Santa Ana.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Guayaquil online vacation planner.

You can drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in September, you will find days in Guayaquil are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.