22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Cuenca
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
Latacunga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Banos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Quito
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Manchester

1
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Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, then make a trip to Parque Historico Guayaquil, then wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana, and finally take a stroll through Las Penas.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Guayaquil trip builder website .

Manchester, UK to Guayaquil is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Guayaquil. Traveling from Manchester in September, expect Guayaquil to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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

4
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.
Get outdoors at Cerro Brujo and Punta Pitt. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Loberia and Playa Mann. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online route planner .

Getting from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by flight takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil in September, expect nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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San Cristobal
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Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Charles Darwin Research Station and El Garrapatero. You'll get in some beach time at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa de los Alemanes. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora visit planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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

2
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.
On the 11th (Tue), make a trip to The Wall of Tears and then get impressive views of Sierra Negra. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Las Tintoreras and then identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil road trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
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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 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Puerto Villamil in September, things will get little chillier in Cuenca: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Latacunga.

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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

1
day
Latacunga

Latacunga ©
Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Latacunga travel planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Latacunga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cuenca in September: high temperatures in Latacunga hover around 22°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Banos.

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Laguna Quilotoa ©
Laguna Quilotoa

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruta de las cascadas and then admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from La casa del Arbol - Mirador and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Banos online road trip planner .

You can drive from Latacunga to Banos in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Latacunga in September since evenings lows in Banos dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

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Parasailing & Paragliding
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Ruta de las cascadas ©
Ruta de las cascadas

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus and Basilica del Voto Nacional. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande).

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Quito holiday builder app .

You can drive from Banos to Quito in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Banos in September since evenings lows in Quito dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

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Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus
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Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

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