34 days in Ecuador Itinerary

34 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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34 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Rome
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Guayaquil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​min
Baltra
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Cuenca
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Latacunga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Quito
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Rome

2
days
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 8th (Fri), wander the streets of Las Penas, take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, then make a trip to Parque Historico Guayaquil, and finally don't miss a visit to Captain Morgan's Pirate Ship. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, then admire the striking features of Torre Morisca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, and finally stroll through Parque de las Iguanas.

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Rome, Italy to Guayaquil is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Rome to Guayaquil. Traveling from Rome in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Guayaquil. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Parque Historico Guayaquil ©
Parque Historico Guayaquil
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Parque de las Iguanas

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.
Attractions like Cerro Brujo and La Loberia make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Galakiwi Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, head off the coast to Isla Lobos, and explore the striking landscape at Punta Pitt.

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Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2 hours. When traveling from Guayaquil in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

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San Cristobal
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Galakiwi Adventures
Galakiwi Adventures
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva El Chato, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and don't miss a visit to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon).

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Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

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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
Las Grietas ©
Las Grietas

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.
Attractions like Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, get outside with Cueva de Sucre, head off the coast to Urbina Bay, and don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears.

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Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. In September in Puerto Villamil, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly to Baltra.

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

1
day
Baltra

Baltra ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore North Seymour Island.

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Baltra is just a short distance from Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Baltra is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Baltra are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Cuenca.

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North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

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 28th (Thu) exploring nature at El Cajas National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, and get a taste of the local shopping with Homero Ortega.

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Traveling by flight from Baltra to Cuenca takes 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Baltra in September; daily highs in Cuenca reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Latacunga.

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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Rio Tomebamba ©
Rio Tomebamba
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon

2
days
Latacunga

Latacunga ©
Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Limpiopungo. On the next day, look for gifts at Mercado Indigena and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Latacunga vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Latacunga in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cuenca in October, Latacunga is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Banos.

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Nature Parks Shopping

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

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.
Banos is known for nature, trails, fun & games, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), don't miss a visit to La casa del Arbol - Mirador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoologico de San Martin, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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Traveling by car from Latacunga to Banos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Latacunga in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Banos, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Quito.

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Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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.
Bring the kids along to Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Mitad del Mundo. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, admire the masterpieces at Guayasamin Museum, and make a trip to Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande).

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You can drive from Banos to Quito in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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Mitad del Mundo (Original) ©
Mitad del Mundo (Original)
Nayon Xtreme Valley
Nayon Xtreme Valley

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