17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Rome
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
Baltra
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Cuenca
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Rome

1
day
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 7th (Thu), take a stroll through Las Penas, then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, then don't miss a visit to Parque Historico Guayaquil, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000.

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Rome, Italy to Guayaquil is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Rome to Guayaquil. Traveling from Rome in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Guayaquil, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

3
days
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.
Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, make a trip to León Dormido, get outside with Galakiwi Adventures, and look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

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Fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil in September, you will find days in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Galakiwi Adventures
Galakiwi Adventures
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Punta Carola ©
Punta Carola

3
days
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, adventure, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Alemanes.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora online itinerary creator.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

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Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato

3
days
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 wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, make a trip to The Wall of Tears, identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, and head off the coast to Las Tintoreras.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. In September in Puerto Villamil, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Baltra.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

1
day
Baltra

Baltra ©
On the 17th (Sun), head off the coast to North Seymour Island.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Baltra trip planner.

Baltra is just a stone's throw from Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Baltra can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Cuenca.

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Parks Nature
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North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

2
days
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
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 18th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Abdon Calderon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cuenca itinerary builder.

Fly from Baltra to Cuenca in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Baltra in September; daily highs in Cuenca reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Quito.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Gobierno. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), then admire all the interesting features of La Ronda, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito vacation builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cuenca to Quito in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September in Quito, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

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