43 days in Ecuador Itinerary

43 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Quito
— 4 nights
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Mindo
— 2 nights
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Otavalo
— 3 nights
Bus
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Quito
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nueva Loja
— 1 night
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 3 nights
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Tena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Banos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Quilotoa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Riobamba
— 3 nights
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Cuenca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 7 nights
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Santo Domingo Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Maquipucuna Reserve. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the striking features of El Sagrario, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Casa de Sucre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Quito itinerary builder website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Quito is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Quito, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Zurich in November: highs in Quito hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mindo.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Mindo

— 2 nights
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Rio Bravo Reserve and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Tulipe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yellow House Hiking Trails.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mindo online vacation planner.

Getting from Quito to Mindo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Mindo

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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Otavalo

— 3 nights
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Take a break from the city and head to Condor Park and Cascada de Peguche. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Fabrica Imbabura and Gruta y la Cruz del Socavon. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Imbabura, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Matriz, get a sense of history and politics at Municipio de Otavalo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia El Jordan.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Otavalo trip planning app.

Getting from Mindo to Otavalo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Quito

— 2 nights

Light of America

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Arco de la Reina, steep yourself in history at Sombreros Lopez, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle de las Siete Cruces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Guapulo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Teresita, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Clara.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito travel app.

Traveling by car from Otavalo to Quito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nueva Loja.

Things to do in Quito

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Nueva Loja

— 1 night
For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nueva Loja travel route planner.

You can drive from Quito to Nueva Loja in 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Quito in November; daily highs in Nueva Loja reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Nueva Loja

Parks
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

— 3 nights
A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cuyabeno Reserve and Laguna Grande. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Cuyabeno Dolphin Lodge.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a bus from Nueva Loja to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in 4 hours. You will leave for Tena on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Tena

— 2 nights

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 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Latas and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Tena tour itinerary app.

Take a bus from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Tena in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Adventure · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at La Catedral de Ambato and Iglesia Barrio Solis. Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Parasailing & Paragliding. Venture out of the city with trips to Mausoleo de Montalvo (in Ambato) and Puyo (Parque Etnobotanico Omaere, Yana Cocha, &more). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Cascada el Manto de la Novia and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Banos tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tena to Banos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Quilotoa

— 5 nights
Get outdoors at Laguna Quilotoa and Siete Cascadas. Explore hidden gems such as Shalala Lodge and Sendero al Fondo del Crater. Venture out of the city with trips to Machachi (Bee Farm Shunku, Mira Andes Ecuador, &more).

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Quilotoa journey planner.

Drive from Banos to Quilotoa in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Riobamba.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

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Riobamba

— 3 nights
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Visiting Pro Bici and Volcan Chimborazo will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de Balbanera and Catedral de Riobamba. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chimborazo, get impressive views of Avenida De Los Volcanes, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canton Guano, and stroll through Reserva de Produccion de Fauna.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Riobamba trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Quilotoa to Riobamba takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Catedral Vieja and El Museo de Las Conceptas. Popular historic sites such as Mirador de Turi and Plaza de las flores are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Cuenca side-trips: El Chorro Waterfall (in Giron) and Ingapirca Archaeological Complex (in Ingapirca). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, see the interesting displays at Museo Remigio Crespo Toral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Domingo, and admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cuenca vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Riobamba to Cuenca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Cuenca sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Schoenstatt Sanctuary, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cementerio Patrimonial de Guayaquil.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Cuenca to Guayaquil by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in December, you will find days in Guayaquil are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are much hotter (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 7 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Get outdoors at Charles Darwin Research Station and Laguna las Ninfas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Samay Latin Art and Maki-Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, stroll through Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Lava Tunnel, and take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Guayaquil to Puerto Ayora in 9 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil in December, expect nights in Puerto Ayora to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

On the 29th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Guayaquil trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Guayaquil in 9 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in December, you will find days in Guayaquil are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Museums
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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.