53 days in Ecuador Itinerary

53 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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53 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Guayaquil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 7 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 8 nights
Travel:  4​h 30​min
4
Floreana
— 2 nights
Travel:  4​h 45​min
5
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  5​h
6
Cuenca
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
7
Cotacachi
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
9
Banos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Quito
— 8 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Newark

5
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guayaquil: Salinas (La Chocolatera, La Loberia, & more). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and take a stroll through Las Penas.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Guayaquil vacation planning tool .

Newark, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark in January, expect Guayaquil to be much warmer, temps between 88°F and 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Salinas
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

7
nights
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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Tijeretas, and kick back and relax at Playa Mann.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center

8
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.
Step out of Puerto Ayora to go to Baltra and see North Seymour Island, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, head outdoors with Think Galapagos, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. January in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 28:
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Floreana

Floreana ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cormorant Point, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz, then kick back and relax at Playa Negra, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Floreana trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Ayora to Floreana with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

7
nights
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, get impressive views of Sierra Negra, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla.

To find out how to plan a trip to Puerto Villamil, use our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Isabela
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 6:
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

6
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cuenca: Mirador Tres Cruces (in Dos Cuevas) and Ingapirca Ruins (in Ingapirca). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba, explore the galleries of Museo Catedral Vieja, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cuenca trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca. In February, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cotacachi.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ingapirca Ruins, Mirador Tres Cruces
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Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

2
nights
Cotacachi

Cotacachi ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche, browse the eclectic array of goods at Otavalo Market, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cuicocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to The Quitsato Sundial, look for gifts at Peguche Wasi, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cotacachi trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Cotacachi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Cotacachi

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trips

Otavalo, Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:
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Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Otavalo Market ©
Otavalo Market
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche

1
night
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve ©
A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande and then stroll through Cuyabeno Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve online vacation planner .

Getting from Cotacachi to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Banos.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 15:
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Cuyabeno Reserve ©
Cuyabeno Reserve
Laguna Grande ©
Laguna Grande

5
nights
Banos

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.
Explore Banos' surroundings by going to Riobamba (Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion, Pro Bici, & more) and Jardin Botanico las Orquideas (in Puyo). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), get impressive views of Tungurahua, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruta de las cascadas.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Banos trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Banos in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Riobamba, Jardin Botanico las Orquideas
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Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Parasailing & Paragliding

8
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.
When in Quito, make a side trip to see Termas de Papallacta in Papallacta, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 25th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, make a trip to El Panecillo, and deepen your understanding at La Ronda.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Quito trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Banos to Quito in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Quito

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Termas de Papallacta, Cotopaxi National Park
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 29:
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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