7 days in Ecuador Itinerary

7 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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7 days in Ecuador Itinerary

New York City
Fly + ferry:  16​h 45​min
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Guayaquil
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h
Cuenca
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
New York City

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva El Chato. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, then identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip maker website .

New York City, USA to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and ferry. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Puerto Ayora hover around 88°F and lows are around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

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

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Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Guayaquil trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Guayaquil in 5.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

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#Neighborhoods
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Las Penas ©
Las Penas

1
day
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cuenca trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Cuenca takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in March, you will find days in Cuenca are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are cooler (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

#Parks, #Nature
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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), admire all the interesting features of La Ronda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town and then examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Quito in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Quito. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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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

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