57 days in Ecuador Itinerary

57 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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57 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Quito
1
Quito
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Banos
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Otavalo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mindo
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Guayaquil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 7 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
7
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 8 nights
Travel:  4​h 45​min
8
Santiago
— 1 night
Travel:  6​h 30​min
9
Floreana
— 2 nights
Travel:  4​h 45​min
10
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  5​h
11
Cuenca
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
End: Quito

6
nights
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.
Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Pichincha (in Puerto Quito) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). Spend the 16th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, make a trip to El Panecillo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at La Capilla Del Hombre.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Quito online itinerary maker .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Quito. In December in Quito, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cotopaxi National Park, Termas de Papallacta, Pichincha
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:
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Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

5
nights
Banos

Banos ©
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.
Explore Banos' surroundings by going to Jardin Botanico las Orquideas (in Puyo) and Riobamba (Avenida De Los Volcanes & Pro Bici). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), head outdoors with Canopy double puerta del cielo, grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Banos holiday planner .

You can drive from Quito to Banos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Banos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Riobamba, Jardin Botanico las Orquideas
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Otavalo: Cuicocha (in Cotacachi), Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra (in Ibarra) and Cayambe (Quitsato, Hacienda La Jesus, & more). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Jordan, look for gifts at Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop, and stroll through Condor Park.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Otavalo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Banos to Otavalo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mindo.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Cayambe, Cuicocha, Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Otavalo Market ©
Otavalo Market
Hacienda La Jesus ©
Hacienda La Jesus

5
nights
Mindo

Mindo ©
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mindo: Pacha Quindi Nature Refuge (in Tandayapa) and Milpe Bird Sanctuary (in San Miguel de los Bancos). There's much more to do: stroll through Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get in on the family fun at Minjoy Park, and stop by El Escampadero.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mindo online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Otavalo to Mindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Pacha Quindi Nature Refuge
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
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Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve ©
Photography Tours
Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden ©

5
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Explore Guayaquil's surroundings by going to Salinas (La Loberia & La Chocolatera). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, wander the streets of Las Penas, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, and get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mindo to Guayaquil in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Salinas
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

7
nights
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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Lobos.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2 hours. In January in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

8
nights
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.
Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, shop like a local with Galeria Aymara, and walk around El Garrapatero.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora vacation website .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. January in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 22:
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Santiago

Santiago ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): head off the coast to Santiago Island.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santiago trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Ayora to Santiago. In January in Santiago, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
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Santiago Island ©
Santiago Island

2
nights
Floreana

Floreana ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cormorant Point, meet the residents at Asilo de la Paz, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Negra, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Floreana travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santiago to Floreana. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

7
nights
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.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, get impressive views of Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Turtle Island, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference when traveling from Floreana to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Isabela
Find places to stay Jan 25 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

6
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cuenca: Mirador Tres Cruces (in Dos Cuevas) and Ingapirca Ruins (in Ingapirca). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, and see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes.

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

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mirador Tres Cruces, Ingapirca Ruins
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:
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Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins

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