32 days in Ecuador, Iquitos & Cali Itinerary

32 days in Ecuador, Iquitos & Cali Itinerary

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Iquitos, Peru
— 7 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 9 nights
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Cali, Colombia
— 8 nights

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Iquitos, Peru

— 7 nights

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Step out of Iquitos with an excursion to Iguana Lodge & Camp in Santo Toribio--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Amazon Rescue Center, explore the activities along Amazon River, see the interesting displays at Museum of Historic Boats, and stop by Yacu Puma Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Iquitos road trip planning site.

In December in Iquitos, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 6 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Las Penas, wander the wide-open spaces of Hacienda La Danesa, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and don't miss a visit to Guayaquil Historical Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Guayaquil driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Iquitos to Guayaquil in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Guayaquil are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 15:

Quito, Ecuador

— 9 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche) and Otavalo (Mercado 24 de Mayo, Gruta y la Cruz del Socavon, &more). On the 24th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Quito itinerary planning website.

Fly from Guayaquil to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in December, expect Quito to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 24:

Cali, Colombia

— 8 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Step out of Cali with an excursion to Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar in Palmira--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo, admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cali day trip planning app.

Getting from Quito to Cali by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Quito in December, with highs in Cali at 35°C and lows at 22°C.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — Jan 1:

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.