53 days in Ecuador Itinerary

53 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport
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Guayaquil
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 8 nights
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Drive to San Cristóbal Airport, Fly to Seymour Airport, Drive to Floreana
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Floreana
— 2 nights
Unknown
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 7 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Cuenca
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Cuenca
— 6 nights
Fly
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Cotacachi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
Fly to Quito, Bus to Banos
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Banos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Quito
— 8 nights
Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Newark

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5
nights
Guayaquil

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Explore Guayaquil's surroundings by going to Salinas (La Chocolatera, La Loberia, &more). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, and visit Las Penas.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Guayaquil trip planner.

Newark, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of car and flight. In January, Guayaquil is much warmer than Newark - with highs of 88°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
Highlights from your trip
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Historic Walking Area
Guayaquil Historical Park
4.7
Malecon 2000 ©
Pier / Boardwalk
Malecon 2000
4.5
Las Penas ©
Neighborhood
Las Penas
4.5

7
nights

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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, kick back and relax at Playa Mann, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Tijeretas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Getting from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 20:
Highlights from your trip
La Loberia ©
Beach
La Loberia
4.6
Interpretation Center ©
Natural History Museum
Interpretation Center
4.1

8
nights
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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 with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll around El Garrapatero.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora road trip planning website.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Floreana

On the 29th (Wed), make a trip to Post Office Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cormorant Point, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asilo de la Paz, then kick back and relax at Playa Negra, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Floreana trip itinerary builder website.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Ayora to Floreana with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
Highlights from your trip
Devil's Crown ©
Geologic Formation
Devil's Crown
4.5
Playa Negra ©
Beach
Playa Negra
4.7
Post Office Bay ©
Landmark
Post Office Bay
4.5

7
nights
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Los Tuneles, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, head off the coast to Isabela Island, and take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Floreana to Puerto Villamil with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 6:
Highlights from your trip
Sierra Negra ©
Volcano
Sierra Negra
4.3
©
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
4.9
Concha de Perla ©
Nature / Park
Concha de Perla
4.4

6
nights
Cuenca

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cuenca: Mirador Tres Cruces (in Dos Cuevas) and Ingapirca Ruins (in Ingapirca). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, and see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca road trip app.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Cotacachi.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:
Highlights from your trip
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Historic Site
Museo Catedral Vieja
4.6
El Cajas National Park ©
National Park
El Cajas National Park
4.8
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Architectural Building
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
4.8

2
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Cotacachi

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche, hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market, and then explore the activities along Cuicocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): stop by Peguche Wasi and then examine the collection at Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cotacachi road trip app.

You can fly from Cuenca to Cotacachi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Cotacachi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:
Highlights from your trip
Cuicocha ©
Water Body
Cuicocha
4.7
Otavalo Market ©
Flea Market
Otavalo Market
3.7

1
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the activities along Laguna Grande and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cuyabeno Reserve.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cotacachi to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Banos.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip
Cuyabeno Reserve ©
Nature / Park
Cuyabeno Reserve
4.7
Laguna Grande ©
Water Body
Laguna Grande
4.9

5
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Banos side-trips: Riobamba (Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion & Pro Bici) and Jardin Botanico las Orquideas (in Puyo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de San Martin, and take some stellar pictures from La Casa del Arbol.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Banos online trip itinerary maker.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 21:
Highlights from your trip
Pro Bici ©
Must see
Pro Bici
4.9
©
Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.7

8
nights
Quito

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Termas de Papallacta in Papallacta (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 25th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, deepen your understanding at La Ronda, explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, and make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Quito route planner.

Getting from Banos to Quito by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Quito are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 29:
Highlights from your trip
Quito Old Town ©
Must see
Quito Old Town
4.8
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Landmark
Mitad Del Mundo
4.1

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