37 days in Ecuador Itinerary

37 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador vacation planner

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Quito
— 8 nights
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
Bus
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Tena
— 1 night
Drive
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Banos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cuenca
— 4 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puerto Lopez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salinas
— 2 nights
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Guayaquil
— 2 nights
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Quito

— 8 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at El Sagrario and Horseback Riding Tours. Visit Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced and Catedral Metropolitana de Quito for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Otavalo (Condor Park & Galeria Gabriel Ceballos Ulloa) and Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche). Spend the 12th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. On the 14th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Alabado, head outdoors with Jardin Botanico de Quito, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Ciudad, and explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Metropolitano.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Quito online vacation builder.

Leeds, UK to Quito is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Leeds to Quito due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Leeds, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Quito, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Quito

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 18:

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

— 1 night
A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cuyabeno Reserve.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Tena.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Centro Ecoturismo Comunitario Kamak Maki, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tena trip site.

Getting from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Tena by bus takes about 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Museums · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

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.
On the 21st (Mon), get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the natural beauty of Las Piscinas de la Virgen. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Iglesia Barrio Solis, get impressive views of Tungurahua, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, then admire the sheer force of Cascada el Manto de la Novia, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero de la Virgen.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Banos tour planner.

You can drive from Tena to Banos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Cuenca

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Catedral Vieja and El Carmen de la Asuncion Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plaza Abdon Calderon and Pumapungo Museo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cuenca: Ingapirca (Cara del Inca, Ingapirca Ruins, &more). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in nature's colorful creations at Ecuagenera - Ecuadorian Orchids, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Roque, and meet the residents at AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cuenca trip itinerary app.

Drive from Banos to Cuenca in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 3 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sierra Negra and Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan. There's still lots to do: cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, make a trip to The Wall of Tears, and explore the activities along Laguna Salinas.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Relax by the water at El Garrapatero and Playa las Bachas. When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately Baltra away. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Canal de Itabaca, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Puerto Ayora trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. December in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion and Interpretation Center. We've included these beaches for you: La Loberia and Playa Mann. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo, don't miss a visit to La Casa del Ceibo, and head off the coast to Isla Lobos.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno holiday maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In January in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Puerto Lopez

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Aventuras La Plata, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Frailes, and finally look for gifts at Pacha Chocolates. On your second day here, see the vivid underwater world at Isla de la Plata, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Olon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Montanita.

Start your trip to Puerto Lopez by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Lopez in 5.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Lopez can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salinas.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Salinas

— 2 nights
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, then head outdoors with La Chocolatera, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Chipipe. On the next day, take a leisurely stroll along Malecón Salinas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Las Salinas, and then kick back and relax at Playa Punta Centinela.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Salinas day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Puerto Lopez to Salinas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Salinas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Guayaquil

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 13th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Las Artes Mayores, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco, enjoy breathtaking views from La Perla, then enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, and finally admire the striking features of Torre Morisca. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Isla Santay, then appreciate the history behind Hemiciclo de la Rotonda, then walk around Parque de la Kennedy, and finally get outside with Malecon del Salado.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Guayaquil trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Salinas to Guayaquil by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Salinas in January, expect nights in Guayaquil to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.