31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador route planner

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

— 2 nights
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 2nd (Fri): shop like a local with Mercado 24 de Mayo, contemplate the waterfront views at Cuicocha, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco, and finally hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Jordan, then relax in the rural setting at Hacienda La Jesus, and then make a trip to Quitsato.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Otavalo road trip planner.

Indianapolis, USA to Otavalo is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
When in Quito, make a side trip to see Termas de Papallacta in Papallacta, approximately Papallacta away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, and get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito trip maker tool.

You can drive from Otavalo to Quito in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

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Quilotoa

— 1 night
On the 8th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Shalala Lodge and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Quilotoa trip app.

Traveling by car from Quito to Quilotoa takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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 9th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada EL Pailon, and then head outdoors with Canopy doble puerta del cielo. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from La Casa del Arbol, look for gifts at Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas, then contemplate the geological forces at Tungurahua, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa).

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Banos trip planner.

You can drive from Quilotoa to Banos in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Banos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · 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 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Sangay National Park.

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Getting from Banos to Riobamba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Riobamba are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Nature · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Homero Ortega, then pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca sightseeing planning app.

Drive from Riobamba to Cuenca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cuenca are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature
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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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, head off the coast to Turtle Island, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, and take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil trip builder.

You can fly from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Floreana

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown, get to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz, then stroll through Playa Negra, and finally stroll through Cormorant Point.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Floreana tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Villamil to Floreana with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 6 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, shop like a local with SAMAY Latin Art, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Exotico Ecuador.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Ayora. April in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Dona Pilo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, get outside with Ecuagringo Fishing, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in April, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Guayaquil

— 3 nights

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 29th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and then walk around Parque Seminario. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum, take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, then visit Las Penas, and finally take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Guayaquil trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · 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.