11 days in Ecuador Itinerary

11 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador trip itinerary maker

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Quito
— 2 nights
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Ambato
— 1 night
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Quilotoa
— 1 night
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Riobamba
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Cuenca
— 1 night
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
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Manta
— 1 night
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Santo Domingo de los Colorados
— 1 night
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Quito
— 2 nights
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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.
Quito is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, and admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Quito road trip app.

Montreal, Canada to Quito is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in March, with highs in Quito at 24°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ambato.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

Ambato

— 1 night
Ambato is a city located in the central Andean valley of Ecuador. To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ambato journey builder site.

You can drive from Quito to Ambato in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Quito in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ambato, with lows around 13°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Ambato

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

Quilotoa

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get great views at Shalala Lodge and then explore the activities along Laguna Quilotoa.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Quilotoa trip itinerary website.

Drive from Ambato to Quilotoa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Riobamba.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

Riobamba

Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion and then grab your bike and head to Pro Bici.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Riobamba trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quilotoa to Riobamba in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Riobamba are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Riobamba

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:

Cuenca

— 1 night

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 2nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and finally explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba.

Start your trip to Cuenca by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Riobamba to Cuenca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Cuenca sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:

Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 3rd (Fri), take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, and finally pause for some photo ops at Escultura Ana Villamil Ycaz.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil route maker site.

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Guayaquil takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in April, expect nights in Guayaquil to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Manta.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:

Manta

— 1 night

Ecuador's First Seaport

A busy and wealthy port town, Manta serves as an increasingly important economic hub thanks to its thriving tuna fishing industry and famously productive population.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then don't miss a visit to Centro Cívico Ciudad Alfaro.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Manta road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Manta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Manta, with lows around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santo Domingo de los Colorados.

Things to do in Manta

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:

Santo Domingo de los Colorados

— 1 night
Santo Domingo de los Colorados, simply referred to as Santo Domingo, is a city and seat of the canton that bears its name. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico la isla del Tapir.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santo Domingo de los Colorados online travel planner.

You can drive from Manta to Santo Domingo de los Colorados in 4 hours. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Santo Domingo de los Colorados

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

Quito

— 2 nights

Light of America

Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): deepen your understanding at La Ronda, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, and then examine the collection at Intinan Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Quito visit planner.

You can drive from Santo Domingo de los Colorados to Quito in 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.