9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Guayaquil
— 1 day
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Loja
Drive
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Riobamba
— 1 night
Drive
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Banos
— 1 night
Drive
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Quito
— 2 nights
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Guayaquil
Drive
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Montanita
— 1 night
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Guayaquil

— 1 day

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 15th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, walk around Parque Seminario, and then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Guayaquil trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Guayaquil. In April, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Loja.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks
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Loja

Musical Capital of Ecuador

On vacation in Loja--a city that loves its music and art--you may very well see the locals singing as they go about their business, through streets decorated with splashes of paint and tiled murals.
To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Loja trip builder.

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Loja takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You will leave for Cuenca on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Loja

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours
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Cuenca

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, and then explore and take pictures at Museo Catedral Vieja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and finally snap pictures at El Puente Roto.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cuenca road trip planning app.

You can drive from Loja to Cuenca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
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Riobamba

— 1 night
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. On the 18th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Balbanera and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Pro Bici.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Riobamba journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Riobamba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Riobamba

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Banos

— 1 night
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 19th (Tue), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada EL Pailon.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Banos trip planner.

Drive from Riobamba to Banos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature
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Quito

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and then make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito road trip site.

Getting from Banos to Quito by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Quito sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

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Guayaquil

Pearl of the Pacific

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo Nahim Isaias, walk around Parque Seminario, and then visit Cerro Santa Ana.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil trip maker tool.

Getting from Quito to Guayaquil by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Quito in April; daily highs in Guayaquil reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Montanita.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Montanita

— 1 night
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Montanita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Montanita.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Montanita online holiday planner.

Drive from Guayaquil to Montanita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in April, you will find days in Montanita are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

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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.

Chimborazo Province travel guide

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Biking Trails · Mountains · Churches
Chimborazo is a province in the central Ecuadorian Andes. It is a home to a section of Sangay National Park. The capital is Riobamba. The province contains Chimborazo (6,267 m), Ecuador's highest mountain.CantonsThe province is divided into 10 cantons. The following table lists each with its population at the time of the 2001 census, its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat or capital.Town's in the province include Cacha.DemographicsEthnic groups as of the Ecuadorian census of 2010: Mestizo 58.4%Indigenous 38.0%White 2.2%Afro-Ecuadorian 1.1%Montubio 0.3%Other 0.1%

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