34 days in Ecuador Itinerary

34 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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34 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Vancouver
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  26​h
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 6 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
— 4 nights
bus + taxi:  5​h
Banos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Tena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Quito
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h
Vancouver

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.
Escape the urban bustle at El Garrapatero and Las Grietas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna las Ninfas and Los Gemelos. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa las Bachas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station.

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Vancouver, Canada to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 3 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in December; daily highs in Puerto Ayora reach 33°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Puerto Chino Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at La Loberia, stroll through Playa Mann, identify plant and animal life at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and head off the coast to Isla Lobos.

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Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salinas.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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

2
days
Salinas

Salinas ©
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Playa de Chipipe. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Salinas, identify plant and animal life at La Loberia, and then get outside with La Chocolatera.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Salinas day trip app .

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Salinas by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. In December, daytime highs in Salinas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machalilla National Park.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa de Chipipe ©
Playa de Chipipe
Playa Las Salinas ©
Playa Las Salinas
La Chocolatera ©
La Chocolatera

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Frailes.

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Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Salinas to Machalilla National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Machalilla National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Cuenca.

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Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes

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.
Get some cultural insight at Ingapirca Ruins and Museo Catedral Vieja. Escape the urban bustle at El Cajas National Park and Plaza Abdon Calderon. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, and stop by Homero Ortega.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cuenca road trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Machalilla National Park to Cuenca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Machalilla National Park in December: highs in Cuenca hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Banos.

Things to do in Cuenca

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon
Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Spas & Wellness. Get in touch with nature at Tungurahua and Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), browse for treasures at Mundo Verde, stroll through Zoologico de San Martin, and get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Banos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cuenca to Banos by combination of bus and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Tena.

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Tungurahua
Tungurahua
Zipline
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Jatunyacu River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre and Jumandi Caves. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kallari, contemplate the waterfront views at Jondachi River, and admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Latas.

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Traveling by car from Banos to Tena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Tena

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Cascadas de Latas
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Kallari ©
Kallari
Jatunyacu River ©
Jatunyacu River

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus and Quito Old Town. Step off the beaten path and head to Termas de Papallacta and Food Tours. Saddle up on the 8th (Tue) and explore with a tour on horseback. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, admire all the interesting features of La Ronda, get engrossed in the history at Mitad del Mundo, and make a trip to Plaza Foch.

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Traveling by car from Tena to Quito takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

#Tours, #Museums, #Outdoors

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Termas de Papallacta
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Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus
Termas de Papallacta ©
Termas de Papallacta
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