32 days in Ecuador Itinerary

32 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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32 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Seattle
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Quito
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Banos
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
Cuenca
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Guayaquil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​min
Baltra
— 1 night
Fly:  30​min
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
ferry + foot + Fly:  27​h
Seattle

5
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.
Quito is known for historic sites, museums, childrens museums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, and get engrossed in the history at Mitad del Mundo.

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Seattle, USA to Quito is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Quito, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

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

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.
On the 14th (Thu), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Tungurahua and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas.

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You can drive from Quito to Banos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Banos can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Ruta de las cascadas ©
Ruta de las cascadas

3
days
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at El Cajas National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Banos to Cuenca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Cuenca sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Guayaquil.

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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

3
days
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, outdoors, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, make a trip to Parque Historico Guayaquil, head outdoors with Malecon del Salado, and wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Guayaquil sightseeing planner.

Getting from Cuenca to Guayaquil by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in September, expect Guayaquil to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

#Outdoors, #Neighborhoods, #Parks
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Parque de las Iguanas ©
Parque de las Iguanas
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

6
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 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. The adventure continues: gain insight at Interpretation Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, kick back and relax at Cerro Brujo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Chino Beach.

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You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil in September, expect nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Baltra.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
León Dormido ©
León Dormido
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo

1
day
Baltra

Baltra ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): head outdoors with Tip Top IV, make a trip to Ecua-Andino Galapagos, and then step off the mainland to explore North Seymour Island.

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Baltra is just a short distance from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In September, daily temperatures in Baltra can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Puerto Villamil.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature
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North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

5
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: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, step off the mainland to explore Elizabeth Bay, identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, and enjoy the sand and surf at Urbina Bay.

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Puerto Villamil is very close to Baltra. The time zone difference when traveling from Baltra to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Isabela
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Urbina Bay ©
Urbina Bay

5
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: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, don't miss a visit to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora vacation planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

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Santa Cruz
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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

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