31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador visit planner

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Guayaquil
— 2 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
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Floreana
— 1 night
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 4 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Quito
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Quito
— 4 nights
Drive
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Otavalo
— 1 night
Drive
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Tena
— 1 night
Drive
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Banos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cuenca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Machalilla National Park
— 1 night
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Salinas
— 1 night
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil and Iglesia San Francisco. There's much more to do: walk around Parque de la Kennedy, pause for some photo ops at Hemiciclo de la Rotonda, enjoy breathtaking views from La Perla, and take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Guayaquil trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Guayaquil. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Loberia and Puerto Chino Beach. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mann, make a trip to Lagoon El Junco, explore the galleries of Interpretation Center, and take in the waterfront at Malecon San Cristobal.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online trip maker.

Fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like North Seymour Island and El Garrapatero. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, and get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora online trip builder.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 12:

Floreana

— 1 night
On the 13th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asilo de la Paz, then stroll through Playa Negra, then stroll through Cormorant Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Floreana travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Ayora to Floreana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 13:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isabela Island Wetlands Complex and The Wall of Tears. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Cuna del Sol, step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, and stroll through Concha de Perla.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Puerto Villamil attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Floreana to Puerto Villamil with the Route module. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 17:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Palacio de Gobierno and Museo Casa del Alabado. Take a break from Quito with a short trip to Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve in Calacali, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: walk around Parque Metropolitano, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, and admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Quito road trip tool.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Quito in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March in Quito, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:

Otavalo

— 1 night
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 22nd (Mon): stop by Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado, walk around Condor Park, then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche, and finally hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Otavalo online visit planner.

You can drive from Quito to Otavalo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tena.

Things to do in Otavalo

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Jatunyacu River, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tena day trip site.

Traveling by car from Otavalo to Tena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Parks · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tungurahua and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Banos: Riobamba (Pro Bici & Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the sheer force of Cascada el Manto de la Novia, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas, and don't miss a visit to La Casa del Arbol.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Banos day trip planning app.

Drive from Tena to Banos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

Cuenca

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plaza Abdon Calderon and Piedra de Agua Fuente Termal & Spa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cuenca: Ingapirca (Ingapirca Archaeological Complex & Ingapirca Ruins). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Banos to Cuenca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Machalilla National Park.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:

Machalilla National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Machalilla National Park provides an opportunity to witness the wetlands and forest of Ecuador and its rich plant and animal life, threatened by poaching and deforestation.
On the 30th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa de los Frailes, step off the mainland to explore Isla de la Plata, and then don't miss a visit to Agua Blanca.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Machalilla National Park day trip website.

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Machalilla National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, Machalilla National Park is a bit warmer than Cuenca - with highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Salinas.

Things to do in Machalilla National Park

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:

Salinas

— 1 night
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Chipipe, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, and then head outdoors with La Chocolatera.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Salinas trip planner.

Drive from Machalilla National Park to Salinas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Salinas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

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.