31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Cuenca
— 2 nights
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Quito
— 4 nights
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Banos
— 3 nights
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Bus to Quito Terminal Norte terrestre de Carcelén, Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 5 nights
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Floreana
— 2 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 5 nights
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Guayaquil
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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.
On the 2nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores, admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, then see the interesting displays at Cava San Miguel, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally explore the activities along Laguna La Toreadora. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, then steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, then admire the striking features of Alcaldia de Cuenca, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cuenca is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Ecuador Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in December: high temperatures in Cuenca hover around 27°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Quito.
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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 museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and don't miss a visit to El Panecillo.

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Getting from Cuenca to Quito by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Quito are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Banos.
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Banos — 3 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.
Take a break from Banos with a short trip to Pro Bici in Riobamba, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Cascada EL Pailon, stroll through Ruta de las cascadas, get impressive views of Tungurahua, and get great views at La Casa del Arbol.

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Traveling by car from Quito to Banos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see Metropolitan Touring about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Banos to Puerto Ayora in 7.5 hours. In December in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.
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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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, identify plant and animal life at Los Tuneles, and stroll through Posada de flamengos.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Floreana.
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Floreana — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz, then kick back and relax at Playa Negra, and finally stroll through Cormorant Point. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Floreana trip itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal — 5 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 sightseeing, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with Eco-Challenger Galapagos Tour Agency, kick back and relax at Playa Punta Carola, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Grande, and don't miss a visit to Malecon San Cristobal.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Guayaquil.
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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, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, and then take in panoramic vistas at La Perla. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Cerro Santa Ana, then take a stroll through Las Penas, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil online road trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 4 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in December, expect nights in Guayaquil to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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