18 days in Cuenca, Manabi Province & Quito Itinerary

18 days in Cuenca, Manabi Province & Quito Itinerary

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Cuenca
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Puerto Lopez
— 3 nights
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Manta
— 2 nights
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Quito
— 8 nights

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Cuenca

Cuenca ©

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Cuenca is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, and immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip itinerary planner.

Atlanta, USA to Cuenca is an approximately 11-hour flight. In November, Cuenca is a bit warmer than Atlanta - with highs of 75°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Puerto Lopez

Puerto Lopez ©
Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Lopez: Machalilla National Park (Agua Blanca & Isla de la Plata). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa de los Frailes, head outdoors with Aventuras La Plata, stop by El Artesan, and make a trip to Clara Luna.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Lopez trip maker website.

Getting from Cuenca to Puerto Lopez by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Cuenca in November, expect Puerto Lopez to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Manta.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

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Outdoor Activity
Aventuras La Plata
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Manta

Manta ©

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa San Lorenzo, head outdoors with Estadio Reales Tamarindos, and then make a trip to Parque Central Vicente Amador Flor. On your second day here, see Kite Ecuador and then kick back and relax at Playa el Murcielago.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manta day trip tool.

You can drive from Puerto Lopez to Manta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Manta

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kite Ecuador
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Estadio Reales Tamarindos
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Quito

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otavalo (Mercado 24 de Mayo & Otavalo Market) and Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (in Calacali). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, paddle through the water with Adventure Journeys, and make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Manta to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Quito, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Side Trips

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