16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Fly
1
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 3 nights
Bus
3
Tena
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Otavalo
— 4 nights
Drive to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Fly to Lester B. Pearson International Airport

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Quito

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Alabado, and then appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Nayon Xtreme Valley, look for gifts at Bigalli Hats, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Quito day trip site.

Toronto, Canada to Quito is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in October; daily highs in Quito reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Quito

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

3
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
On the 28th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande and then stroll through Cuyabeno Reserve.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Tena on the 30th (Fri).

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

3
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Tena

Cinnamon Capital

A jump-off point for exploring the rainforest and its rivers, Tena boasts a well-established commercial and tourist core, with a small airport and bus terminal and plenty of operators offering organized wilderness tours.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jatun Sacha Biological Reserve and then contemplate the waterfront views at Misahualli River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Centro Ecoturismo Comunitario Kamak Maki and then contemplate the waterfront views at Jondachi River.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tena vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Tena in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Cascada el Manto de la Novia, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then head outdoors with Canopy double puerta del cielo, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Terma El Salado. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral and then pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral de Ambato.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Banos attractions planner.

Getting from Tena to Banos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for Otavalo on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Banos

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

4
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Otavalo

An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo Fabrica Imbabura and Volcan Imbabura. Visiting Parque Arqueologico Cochasqui and El Lechero will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Otavalo: Gruta de la Paz (in Tulcan) and Estacion Tren de la Libertad - Ibarra (in Ibarra). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de San Luis, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco, get a sense of history and politics at Municipio de Otavalo, and admire the striking features of Museo Otavalango.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Otavalo road trip planning app.

You can drive from Banos to Otavalo in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Otavalo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

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.