8 days in Ecuador Itinerary

8 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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8 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Puerto Lopez
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Salinas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Cuenca
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h
Toronto

2
days
Puerto Lopez

Puerto Lopez ©
Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): look for gifts at El Artesan, look for gifts at Pacha Chocolates, and then kick back and relax at Playa de los Frailes. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Morning Fish Market and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Toronto, Canada to Puerto Lopez is an approximately 16-hour flight. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Puerto Lopez hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Salinas.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Playa de los Frailes
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Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Scuba & Snorkeling
Pacha Chocolates ©
Pacha Chocolates

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 8th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Salinas and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Emperatriz de Santa Elena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at La Loberia and then kick back and relax at Playa de Chipipe.

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Traveling by car from Puerto Lopez to Salinas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Puerto Lopez, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Salinas, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Salinas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Catedral de Emperatriz de Santa Elena
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Playa de Chipipe ©
Playa de Chipipe
Playa Las Salinas ©
Playa Las Salinas
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

2
days
Cuenca

Cuenca
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 10th (Sun), look for gifts at Carolina Bookstore and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Abdon Calderon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): stop by Galapagos Artesanias, view the masterpieces at E. Vega Galeria Taller, then see the interesting displays at Homero Ortega, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Catedral Vieja.

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Traveling by car from Salinas to Cuenca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Salinas in December, expect nights in Cuenca to be much colder, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Shopping Museums Parks
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Homero Ortega
Homero Ortega
E. Vega Galeria Taller
E. Vega Galeria Taller
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon

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