31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Quito
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Latacunga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Quilotoa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Banos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Tena
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h 15​min
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Baltra
— 1 night
Fly:  30​min
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
Salinas
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Machalilla National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Cuenca
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Mindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
Valletta, Island of Malta

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 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, pause for some photo ops at La Virgin del Panecillo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maquipucuna Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then stroll through Parque La Carolina.

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Valletta, Malta to Quito is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Valletta to Quito. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Valletta in June; daily highs in Quito reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Latacunga.

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Maquipucuna Reserve ©
Maquipucuna Reserve
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
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Parque La Carolina

2
days
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 10th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa, and then look for gifts at Mercado Indigena. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Limpiopungo.

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Drive from Quito to Latacunga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Quito in June, expect Latacunga to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Quilotoa.

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Mercado Indigena
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Laguna Quilotoa ©
Laguna Quilotoa
Laguna de Limpiopungo ©
Laguna de Limpiopungo
Mercado Indigena ©
Mercado Indigena

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Quilotoa

Quilotoa ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): hike along Canon del Rio Toachi and then explore the activities along Laguna Quilotoa.

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Traveling by car from Latacunga to Quilotoa takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Banos.

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Canon del Rio Toachi, Laguna Quilotoa
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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 13th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de San Martin, contemplate the geological forces at Tungurahua, then take some stellar pictures from La casa del Arbol - Mirador, and finally get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Banos trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Quilotoa to Banos by car takes about 3 hours. June in Banos sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tena.

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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tungurahua
Tungurahua
Zipline

2
days
Tena

A jump-off point for exploring the rainforest and its rivers, Tena boasts a well-established commercial and tourist core, with a small airport and bus terminal and plenty of operators offering organized wilderness tours.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Jatunyacu River and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tena tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Banos to Tena in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

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Kayaking & Canoeing
Jatunyacu River ©
Jatunyacu River

0
days
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.
For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Tena to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Baltra on the 18th (Mon).

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1
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Baltra

Baltra ©
To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Baltra online travel route planner .

You can fly from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Baltra in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Puerto Villamil.

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North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sierra Negra and The Wall of Tears. Get in touch with nature at Concha de Perla and Las Tintoreras. There's more to do: meet the residents at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan and head outdoors with Cueva de Sucre.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Villamil trip planner .

Puerto Villamil is very close to Baltra. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at El Garrapatero and Laguna las Ninfas. Step off the beaten path and head to Los Gemelos and Santa Cruz Fish Market. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara.

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Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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Santa Cruz
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El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Laguna las Ninfas ©
Laguna las Ninfas
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Tijeretas and Puerto Chino Beach. Step out of the city life by going to La Loberia and Playa Mann. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo.

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You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Salinas.

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

2
days
Salinas

Salinas ©
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
On the 30th (Sat), head outdoors with La Chocolatera, identify plant and animal life at La Loberia, and then stroll through Playa de Chipipe. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo de las Ballenas, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Salinas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Salinas.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Salinas in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In June, daytime highs in Salinas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Machalilla National Park.

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Playa de Chipipe ©
Playa de Chipipe
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
La Chocolatera ©
La Chocolatera

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day
Machalilla National Park

Machalilla National Park ©
A trip to Machalilla National Park provides an opportunity to witness the wetlands and forest of Ecuador and its rich plant and animal life, threatened by poaching and deforestation.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa de los Frailes.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Machalilla National Park online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Salinas to Machalilla National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Salinas in July, expect nights in Machalilla National Park to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cuenca.

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Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, explore by horseback at Centro Ecuestre Bellavista, then immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and finally steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Carolina Bookstore, take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Machalilla National Park to Cuenca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Machalilla National Park in July, you will find days in Cuenca are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are much colder (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mindo.

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Centro Ecuestre Bellavista ©
Centro Ecuestre Bellavista
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon
Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo

2
days
Mindo

Mindo ©
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden, identify plant and animal life at Pacha Quindi Nature Refuge, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Mindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Mindo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Tandayapa
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Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden ©
Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge ©
Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge
Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve ©

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