53 days in Ecuador Itinerary

53 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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53 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Quito
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
Guayaquil
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
Guayaquil
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Santa Elena
— 11 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
Cuenca
— 17 nights
taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
Ambato
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Fort Lauderdale

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 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Guapulo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and then see the interesting displays at Casa del Alabado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Domingo Church, then pause for some photo ops at La Virgin del Panecillo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, and finally stroll through Parque La Carolina.

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Fort Lauderdale, USA to Quito is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. In December, Quito is slightly colder than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Guayaquil.

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Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Parque La Carolina ©
Parque La Carolina
La Virgin del Panecillo ©
La Virgin del Panecillo

9
days
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil and Hacienda La Danesa: Charming Farmhouse and Lodge. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Ana Port and Iglesia San Francisco. Get out of town with these interesting Guayaquil side-trips: General Villamil Beach (in Playas) and Playa de Puerto Engabao (in Engabao). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro, appreciate the history behind Hemiciclo de la Rotonda, don't miss a visit to Parque Historico Guayaquil, and explore and take pictures at Estadio Banco Pichincha.

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Getting from Quito to Guayaquil by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quito in December: high temperatures in Guayaquil hover around 90°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Guayaquil

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Side Trips

Playa de Puerto Engabao, General Villamil Beach
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Parque Samanes ©
Parque Samanes
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil ©
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Iglesia San Francisco

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan and The Wall of Tears. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, head outdoors with Cueva de Sucre, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Villamil in 3 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Guayaquil in December, expect nights in Puerto Villamil to be about the same, around 74°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
The Wall of Tears ©
The Wall of Tears

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, head outdoors with Galakiwi Adventures, stroll through Punta Pitt, and make a trip to León Dormido.

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Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by flight takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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San Cristobal
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Punta Carola ©
Punta Carola
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion

1
day
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, wander the streets of Las Penas, and then wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana.

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Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil by flight takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in December: highs in Guayaquil hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Elena.

Things to do in Guayaquil

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Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

11
days
Santa Elena

Santa Elena ©
A holiday in Santa Elena allows visitors to explore southwestern Ecuador as well as the capital of both the province and the canton of the same name.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Catedral de Emperatriz de Santa Elena and Galeria Nautica Mirador Farrallon Dillon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Montanita and Museo Amantes de Sumpa. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Montanita (in Manglaralto), Ray Aguila (in Ayangue) and Olon (Playa Punta Barandua & Cascadas de Alex). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa de Olon, head outdoors with Punta Carnero, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acuario Valdivia, and stroll through Playa de Punta Blanca.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Elena travel planning tool .

You can drive from Guayaquil to Santa Elena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Guayaquil in December, plan for little chillier days in Santa Elena, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Santa Elena

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Olon, Galeria Nautica Mirador Farrallon Dillon, Ray Aguila, Playa Montanita
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Playa de Punta Blanca ©
Playa de Punta Blanca
Catedral de Emperatriz de Santa Elena ©
Museo Amantes de Sumpa ©
Museo Amantes de Sumpa

17
days
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pumapungo Museo and Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ingapirca Ruins and Mirador de Turi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cuenca: El Tambo (in Canar), Mirador Virgen de la Nube (in Azogues) and Giron (El Chorro Waterfall & Laguna de Busa). Spend the 11th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at El Cajas National Park. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, meet the residents at AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico, immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cuenca online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Elena to Cuenca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Elena in January, you will find days in Cuenca are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are cooler (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Ambato.

Things to do in Cuenca

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Giron, Mirador Virgen de la Nube, El Tambo, Ingapirca Ruins
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Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins
Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

2
days
Ambato

Ambato ©
Ambato is a city located in the central Andean valley of Ecuador. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): head outdoors with La Quinta de Juan Leon Mera and then look for gifts at La Pajara Pinta. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral de Ambato, make a trip to Mausoleo de Montalvo, and then have fun at Parque Provincial de la Familia.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Cuenca to Ambato takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ambato can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

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La Quinta de Juan Leon Mera ©
La Quinta de Juan Leon Mera
La Catedral de Ambato ©
La Catedral de Ambato
Parque Provincial de la Familia ©
Parque Provincial de la Familia

1
day
Quito

Quito ©
On the 25th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), examine the collection at Museo Manuela Saenz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Domingo Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Guapulo.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Quito itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Ambato to Quito in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

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Museo Manuela Saenz ©
Museo Manuela Saenz
Guapulo ©
Guapulo

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