19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Fly
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
Fly
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 1 day
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Unknown
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Floreana
— 1 night
Unknown
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 1 night
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Cuenca
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Cuenca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Banos
— 1 night
Drive
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Quilotoa
— 1 day
Drive
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Pujili
— 1 night
Drive
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La Mana
— 1 night
Drive
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Saquisili
— 1 night
Drive
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Latacunga
— 1 night
Bus
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Quito
— 2 nights
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Fly to Guayaquil, Shuttle to Puerto López, Bus to Salinas
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Salinas
— 1 night
Drive
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Montanita
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Lopez
Shuttle
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
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Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Guayaquil road trip planning site.

Chicago, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Guayaquil, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Guayaquil is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C. You will leave for Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Guayaquil

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 1 day
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Charles Darwin, then get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, and then don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo.

Find out how to plan Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Guayaquil in September: highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 1 night
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 17th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Aymara, then look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora holiday builder site.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Floreana

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz and then don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Floreana trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Ayora to Floreana. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 1 night
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Puerto Villamil day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

Cuenca

— 3 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Ruins of Todos Los Santos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Todos Santos, then see the interesting displays at Homero Ortega, then get engrossed in the history at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, and finally explore the world behind art at Prohibido Centro Cultural.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Cuenca, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

Banos

— 1 night
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), take some stellar pictures from La Casa del Arbol, head outdoors with Canopy double puerta del cielo, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Drive from Cuenca to Banos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

Quilotoa

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Shalala Lodge and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa.

Make your Quilotoa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Banos to Quilotoa in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pujili.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

Pujili

— 1 night
Pujilí is a small town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador, located ten to twenty minutes from Latacunga. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): hike along Canon del Rio Toachi.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pujili day trip site.

You can drive from Quilotoa to Pujili in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Mana.

Things to do in Pujili

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

La Mana

— 1 night
La Maná is a town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Siete Cascadas.

Plan trip to La Mana with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Pujili to La Mana in 2.5 hours. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Saquisili.

Things to do in La Mana

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
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Saquisili

— 1 night
Saquisilí is a town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for gifts at Mercado Indigena.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Saquisili trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Mana to Saquisili in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Latacunga.

Things to do in Saquisili

Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Latacunga

— 1 night

Mashca City

Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral and then explore the activities along Laguna de Limpiopungo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Latacunga travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Saquisili to Latacunga takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Quito.

Things to do in Latacunga

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Quito

— 2 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
On the 28th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Quito sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Latacunga to Quito by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Latacunga in September, expect Quito to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salinas.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Salinas

— 1 night
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the waterfront at Malecón Salinas, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, and then head outdoors with La Chocolatera. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Cerro El Tablazo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Salinas.

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Do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Quito to Salinas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Salinas, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Montanita.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

Montanita

— 1 night
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Montanita day trip tool.

You can drive from Salinas to Montanita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Montanita can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:

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.
For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Lopez itinerary planner.

You can drive from Montanita to Puerto Lopez in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Montanita, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Puerto Lopez, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 25°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:

Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

On the 2nd (Sat), stroll around Parque Seminario, then enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, and then wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Guayaquil journey planning site.

You can take a shuttle from Puerto Lopez to Guayaquil in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:

Ecuador travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.