30 days in Ecuador Itinerary

30 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador trip maker

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Train to Birmingham International, Fly to Quito
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Quito
— 4 nights
Drive
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Banos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
Bus to Guayaquil, Fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 5 nights
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Floreana
— 2 nights
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Guayaquil
— 2 nights
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Quito

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and gain insight at La Ronda.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito trip itinerary planning tool.

Exeter, UK to Quito is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Exeter to Quito, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

Banos

— 3 nights
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, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Cascada el Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), look for gifts at Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de San Martin.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Banos trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Quito to Banos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

Cuenca

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, examine the collection at Homero Ortega, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Alfonso, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cuenca itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Banos to Cuenca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, daytime highs in Cuenca are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 5 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Dona Pilo, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, stroll through Playa Mann, and head outdoors with Planet Ocean Dive Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno route maker website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cuenca to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Cuenca in March, expect nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 5 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, head outdoors with Think Galapagos, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In March in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 20:

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 5 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Los Tuneles, head off the coast to Turtle Island, meet the residents at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, and cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:

Floreana

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Fri), stroll through Cormorant Point, then meet the residents at Asilo de la Paz, then kick back and relax at Playa Negra, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Post Office Bay.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Floreana tour itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Guayaquil

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 28th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and then admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, stop by Cerro Santa Ana, and then wander the streets of Las Penas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil online route planner.

Explore your travel options from Floreana to Guayaquil with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

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.