34 days in Ecuador Itinerary

34 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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34 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Vancouver
Fly:  13​h
Quito
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Banos
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  5​h
Cuenca
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
Guayaquil
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 7 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
Baltra
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h
Vancouver

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, admire the landmark architecture of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, and get curious at Mitad del Mundo.

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Vancouver, Canada to Quito is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in December: highs in Quito hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Banos.

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

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 14th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at La casa del Arbol - Mirador, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), then head outdoors with Canopy double puerta del cielo, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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You can drive from Quito to Banos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cuenca.

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Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
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 (Mon) exploring nature at El Cajas National Park. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Catedral Vieja, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, and ride a horse along Centro Ecuestre Bellavista.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Banos to Cuenca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Cuenca sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Guayaquil.

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Centro Ecuestre Bellavista ©
Centro Ecuestre Bellavista
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral

4
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 in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, meet the residents at Parque de las Iguanas, take a stroll through Las Penas, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art.

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Fly from Cuenca to Guayaquil in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cuenca in December: highs in Guayaquil hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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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 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Puerto Chino Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mann, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, and identify plant and animal life at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

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Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil in December, you will find days in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
León Dormido ©
León Dormido
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

6
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, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

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Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Las Grietas ©
Las Grietas

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, meet the residents at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, make a trip to The Wall of Tears, and identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil journey website .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Villamil are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Baltra.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

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Side Trip

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

2
days
Baltra

Baltra ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): head off the coast to North Seymour Island.

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Baltra is very close to Puerto Villamil. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Baltra. In January, daytime highs in Baltra are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will leave for home on the 9th (Wed).

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North Seymour Island

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