34 days in Ecuador, Mancora & Piura Itinerary

34 days in Ecuador, Mancora & Piura Itinerary

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34 days in Ecuador, Mancora & Piura Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Drive + Fly:  25​h
1
Tulcan, Ecuador
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Mindo, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Calacali, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Coca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Quilotoa, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Banos, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
11
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
12
Mancora, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Piura, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  28​h
End: London, United Kingdom

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Tulcan, Ecuador

Tulcan ©
Tulcán is the capital of the province of Carchi in Ecuador and the seat of Tulcán Canton. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Gruta de la Paz.

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London, UK to Tulcan is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is minus 5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Tulcan

Historic Sites
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Gruta de la Paz ©
Gruta de la Paz

4
nights
Quito, Ecuador

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nayon Xtreme Valley and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parque Metropolitano. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Casa del Alabado, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito, and explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Metropolitano.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Quito trip site .

Traveling by car from Tulcan to Quito takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tulcan in October, expect Quito to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 17°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mindo.

Things to do in Quito

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado

2
nights
Mindo, Ecuador

Mindo ©
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Tulipe. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Mindo, then trek along Yellow House Hiking Trails, and then identify plant and animal life at Rio Bravo Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mindo trip builder tool .

You can drive from Quito to Mindo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Fri) before leaving for Calacali.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Museo de Sitio Tulipe
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Rio Bravo Reserve ©
Rio Bravo Reserve
Museo de Sitio Tulipe ©
Museo de Sitio Tulipe
El Escampadero ©
El Escampadero

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night
Calacali, Ecuador

Calacali ©
Calacalí is a rural parish of Quito Canton, Pichincha Province, Ecuador. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get impressive views of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Calacali trip planner .

You can drive from Mindo to Calacali in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Calacali

Parks Nature
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Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve ©
Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve
Parque Central de Calacali ©
Parque Central de Calacali

3
nights
Quito, Ecuador

On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Quito online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Calacali to Quito takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Coca.

Things to do in Quito

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Photography Tours
Climbing Tours

2
nights
Coca, Ecuador

Coca ©
Puerto Francisco de Orellana, also known as El Coca, is the capital of province of Orellana in eastern Ecuador. You can plan Coca trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Quito to Coca in 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Quito in October, with highs in Coca at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coca

Outdoors Museums
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Sachalodge ©
Sachalodge

2
nights
Quilotoa, Ecuador

Quilotoa ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): trek along Sendero al Fondo del Crater and then take some stellar pictures from Shalala Lodge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Quilotoa trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Coca to Quilotoa in 8 hours. You will leave for Banos on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Quilotoa

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Shalala Lodge ©
Shalala Lodge

3
nights
Banos, Ecuador

Banos ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral de Ambato, learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Yana Cocha.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Banos trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Quilotoa to Banos takes 3 hours. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

La Catedral de Ambato, Yana Cocha
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Canopy double puerta del cielo ©
Canopy double puerta del cielo
La Catedral de Ambato ©
La Catedral de Ambato
Yana Cocha ©
Yana Cocha

3
nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): stop by Vivian L. Tettamanti Design Store. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Schoenstatt Sanctuary, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Guayaquil trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Banos to Guayaquil in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Guayaquil sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife
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Queen of Galapagos ©
Queen of Galapagos
Museo Municipal de Guayaquil ©
Museo Municipal de Guayaquil
Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro ©
Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro

3
nights
Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez ©
Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Monumento del Surfista and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar. On your second day here, make a trip to Clara Luna, then explore the gorgeous colors at Isla de la Plata, and then look for gifts at El Artesan.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Lopez trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Puerto Lopez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Lopez can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Monumento del Surfista, Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, Playa Rosada
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Isla de la Plata ©
Isla de la Plata
Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar ©
Clara Luna ©
Clara Luna

3
nights
Cuenca, Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 11th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cuenca trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Puerto Lopez to Cuenca in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Puerto Lopez in November, you will find days in Cuenca are little chillier (28°C), and nights are cooler (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mancora.

Things to do in Cuenca

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

El Chorro Waterfall
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
El Carmen de la Asuncion Church ©
El Carmen de la Asuncion Church
Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller ©
Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller

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nights
Mancora, Peru

Mancora ©
In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
On the 14th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Mirador Cristo Petrolero and then take some stellar pictures from El Mirador del Faro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Mancora, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then identify plant and animal life at Eco Fundo La Caprichosa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mancora trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Mancora takes 6 hours. Traveling from Cuenca in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mancora, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Piura.

Things to do in Mancora

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Organos, Mirador Cristo Petrolero
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Playa Mancora ©
Playa Mancora
Eco Fundo La Caprichosa ©
Eco Fundo La Caprichosa
El Mirador del Faro ©
El Mirador del Faro

3
nights
Piura, Peru

Piura ©
The first Spanish city established in an area now controlled by Peru, Piura was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1532.
On the 17th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Lobitos. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco, then head outdoors with Piura Aventura, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Lucas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Piura trip itinerary site .

Getting from Mancora to Piura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mancora in November: highs in Piura hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Piura

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Plaza de Armas de Catacaos, Iglesia San Lucas
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Piura Aventura ©
Piura Aventura
Iglesia San Lucas ©
Iglesia San Lucas
Museo Municipal Vicus ©
Museo Municipal Vicus

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