47 days in Ecuador Itinerary

47 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Fly
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Cuenca
— 4 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 5 nights
Fly
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Guayaquil
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Puerto Lopez
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salinas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mindo
— 3 nights
Taxi to Quito, Fly to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
Bus
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Tena
— 1 night
Drive
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Banos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Quito
— 6 nights
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Plaza Abdon Calderon and Horseback Riding Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ingapirca Ruins and Museo Catedral Vieja. Get out of town with these interesting Cuenca side-trips: Ingapirca (Ingapirca Archaeological Complex & Cara del Inca). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca online trip itinerary builder.

Paris, France to Cuenca is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Ecuador Time is minus 6 hours. While traveling from Paris, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Cuenca, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

5
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Isabela Island Wetlands Complex. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sierra Negra and Laguna Salinas. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Los Tuneles, stroll through Concha de Perla, head off the coast to Isabela Island, and hike along El Tunel del Estero.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil takes 6.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:

6
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Garrapatero and North Seymour Island. Step out of the city life by going to Charles Darwin Research Station and Las Grietas. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara.

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Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:

5
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The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Tijeretas and Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Carola, head outdoors with Cerro Tijeretas, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Playa Mann.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip builder website.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 23:

5
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Guayaquil

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Faro de Guayaquil and Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil. Get some historical perspective at Iglesia San Francisco and Guayaquil Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Malecon del Salado, take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, take a stroll through Las Penas, and head off the coast to Isla Santay.

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Traveling by flight from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa de los Frailes and Isla de la Plata. Step out of the city life by going to Playa de Olon and Aventuras La Plata. Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Lopez: Isla de la Plata (in Machalilla National Park), Montanita (Parasailing & Paragliding & Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes) and Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar (in Olon). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and look for gifts at Pacha Chocolates.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Lopez day trip app.

Take a shuttle from Guayaquil to Puerto Lopez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Puerto Lopez, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Salinas.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:

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Salinas

The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Cerro El Tablazo, head outdoors with La Chocolatera, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Chipipe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Malecón Salinas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Salinas, then kick back and relax at Playa San Pablo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Punta Blanca.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salinas trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Lopez to Salinas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Salinas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mindo.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:

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Mindo

Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Get outdoors at Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve and Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden. Take a break from Mindo with a short trip to Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve in Tandayapa, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the sheer force of Nambilla Cascadas, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Turistico de Mindo, and hike along Yellow House Hiking Trails.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mindo trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Salinas to Mindo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande and then stroll through Cuyabeno Reserve.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mindo to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Tena.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 8:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Centro Ecoturismo Comunitario Kamak Maki, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Jatunyacu River.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tena trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Tena by bus takes about 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Tena

Museums · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 9:

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pro Bici and Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). Get some historical perspective at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa) and Catedral de Riobamba. Change things up with a short trip to Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion in Riobamba (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Tungurahua, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Banos vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Tena to Banos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:

6
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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.
Get outdoors at Cotopaxi National Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Popular historic sites such as Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Quito Old Town are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Cotopaxi National Park (in Latacunga), Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche) and Otavalo (Iglesia San Francisco, Gruta y la Cruz del Socavon, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Parque Metropolitano, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Quito trip planner.

Getting from Banos to Quito by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Quito sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 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.