31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Cuenca
— 8 nights
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Machala
— 3 nights
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Guayaquil
— 8 nights
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Santo Domingo de los Colorados
— 2 nights
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Quito
— 9 nights
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Cuenca

— 8 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cuenca: Mirador Tres Cruces (in Dos Cuevas), El Chorro Waterfall (in Giron) and Ingapirca Ruins (in Ingapirca). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, and admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Cuenca online day trip planner.

Medellin, Colombia to Cuenca is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in December, expect Cuenca to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Machala.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 28:

Machala

— 3 nights
Machala is a city in south-west Ecuador. Explore Machala's surroundings by going to Happy Fruit Agroecological Farm (in Arenillas) and Museo Casaleon (in La Libertad). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Petrified forest Puyango, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Machala, and contemplate the waterfront views at Napo River.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Machala day trip site.

You can drive from Cuenca to Machala in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in December, you will find days in Machala are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Machala

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Guayaquil

— 8 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Las Penas, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and see the interesting displays at Presley Norton Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Guayaquil itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Machala to Guayaquil takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Santo Domingo de los Colorados.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 8:

Santo Domingo de los Colorados

— 2 nights
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 9th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico la isla del Tapir.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo de los Colorados road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Santo Domingo de los Colorados takes 5 hours. You'll set off for Quito on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Santo Domingo de los Colorados

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Quito

— 9 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cotacachi (Iglesia Matriz & Cuicocha) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and gain insight at La Ronda.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Quito trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Santo Domingo de los Colorados to Quito in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 19:

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.