9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Atlanta
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Quito
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Mindo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Banos
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
Atlanta

3
days
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Otavalo Market, Cotopaxi National Park, Mitad del Mundo, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Quito Old Town and Intinan Museum. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at La Ronda, admire the masterpieces at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), and head outdoors with Jardin Botanico de Quito.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Quito trip itinerary website .

Atlanta, USA to Quito is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Atlanta in June, with highs in Quito at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mindo.

Things to do in Quito

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Pululahua, Cotopaxi National Park, Otavalo Market
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Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

1
day
Mindo

Mindo ©
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
On the 6th (Wed), meet the residents at Acurio Turistico de MIndo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mindo trip planner .

Drive from Quito to Mindo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Quito in June since evenings lows in Mindo dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Mindo

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve ©
Acurio Turistico de MIndo ©
Acurio Turistico de MIndo

2
days
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.
You've now added Tungurahua to your itinerary. On the 7th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Ruta de las cascadas and then contemplate the geological forces at Tungurahua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): get great views at La casa del Arbol - Mirador, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally browse for treasures at Mundo Verde.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Banos trip itinerary app .

Getting from Mindo to Banos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mindo in June, you will find days in Banos are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Banos

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Tungurahua
Tungurahua
Ruta de las cascadas ©
Ruta de las cascadas
Parasailing & Paragliding

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