17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Fly to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Drive to Otavalo
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Otavalo
— 5 nights
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Quito
— 10 nights
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Otavalo

— 5 nights
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia El Jordan and Iglesia San Francisco. Head to Otavalo Market and Galeria Gabriel Ceballos Ulloafor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Otavalo side-trips: Cuicocha (in Cotacachi), Parque Arqueologico Cochasqui (in Puntazanja) and Ibarra (La Plaza Shopping Center & Laguna de Yahuarcocha). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, get engrossed in the history at Museo Fabrica Imbabura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gruta y la Cruz del Socavon, and stroll around Condor Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Otavalo online travel route planner.

Chicago, USA to Otavalo is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Chicago to Otavalo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Quito

— 10 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to El Sagrario and Horseback Riding Tours. Head to Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal and Quicentro Shoppingfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, steep yourself in history at Guapulo, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Quito online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Otavalo to Quito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Quito are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Quito

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — Jan 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.