9 days in Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

9 days in Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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9 days in Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Guayaquil
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Cuenca
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Miami

1
night
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take a stroll through Las Penas.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Guayaquil trip itinerary planning app .

Miami, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. In June in Guayaquil, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

1
night
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
On the 9th (Sun), kick back and relax at La Loberia, make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo, then don't miss a visit to León Dormido, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno vacation planner.

Getting from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by flight takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
León Dormido ©
León Dormido

3
nights
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora route planner.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Las Grietas ©
Las Grietas

1
day
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cuenca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. While traveling from Puerto Ayora, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Cuenca, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

2
nights
Quito

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
On the 14th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), admire the masterpieces at Guayasamin Museum, and then see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Quito road trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Quito in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in June, Quito is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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