60 days in Ecuador Itinerary

60 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador trip planner

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Mindo
— 2 nights
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Otavalo
— 1 night
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Ibarra
— 1 night
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Bus to Tulcán, Drive to Ipiales, Fly to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
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Cayambe
— 3 nights
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Papallacta
— 2 nights
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Quilotoa
— 1 night
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Ambato
— 2 nights
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Riobamba
— 2 nights
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Banos
— 1 night
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Puyo
— 1 night
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Misahualli
— 1 night
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Latacunga
— 1 night
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Santo Domingo de los Colorados
— 1 night
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Esmeraldas
— 2 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 7 nights
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Floreana
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 8 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 7 nights
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— 6 nights
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— 3 nights
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Mindo

— 2 nights
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden, admire the sheer force of Nambilla Cascadas, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge, then stroll through Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, and then stop by El Escampadero.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mindo itinerary maker site.

Quito to Mindo is an approximately 4-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Adventure
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Otavalo

— 1 night
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
On the 4th (Mon), browse the eclectic array of goods at Otavalo Market, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, and then stroll around Condor Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Otavalo road trip planning app.

Getting from Mindo to Otavalo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Ibarra.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

Ibarra

— 1 night
Ibarra is a city in northern Ecuador and the capital of the Imbabura Province. On the 5th (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Laguna Mall, then get outside with Laguna de Yahuarcocha, then contemplate the long history of Estacion Tren de la Libertad - Ibarra, and finally stroll around Parque Bulevar Centrica.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ibarra online trip itinerary maker.

Ibarra is just a short distance from Otavalo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Ibarra

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

— 1 night
A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
On the 6th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cuyabeno Reserve.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve vacation builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and flight from Ibarra to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Cayambe.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Cayambe

— 3 nights
Cayambe is an agricultural service city (population 39,028 at the last census on November 28, 2010) in highland Ecuador. Explore Cayambe's surroundings by going to Lagunas De Mojanda (in Tabacundo) and Cascada de San Rafael (in Tena). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Hacienda La Jesus, make a trip to Quitsato, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Volcan Cayambe.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cayambe online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Cayambe by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Papallacta.

Things to do in Cayambe

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Papallacta

— 2 nights
A trip to Papallacta takes you to a small village situated at an altitude of 3,300 m (11,000 ft).
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Antisana Ecological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at Termas de Papallacta.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Papallacta trip planning website.

Getting from Cayambe to Papallacta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Papallacta

Nature · Parks · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Quilotoa

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Napo River and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Quilotoa tour planner.

You can drive from Papallacta to Quilotoa in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ambato.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Ambato

— 2 nights
Ambato is a city located in the central Andean valley of Ecuador. On the 13th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Juan Benigno Vela Park, get outside with La Quinta de Juan Leon Mera, don't miss a visit to Mausoleo de Montalvo, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral de Ambato, and finally stop by La Pajara Pinta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Mall de los Andes, walk around Parque Provincial de la Familia, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Atocha-La Liria.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Ambato trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Quilotoa to Ambato in 2.5 hours. In May in Ambato, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Riobamba.

Things to do in Ambato

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Riobamba

— 2 nights
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Catedral de Riobamba, then grab your bike and head to Pro Bici, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Religioso de la Concepcion. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Market Guamote and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Balbanera.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Riobamba trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Ambato to Riobamba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Riobamba

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Banos

— 1 night
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.
On the 17th (Sun), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, and then admire the sheer force of Cascada el Pailon (del Diablo).

Before you visit Banos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Riobamba to Banos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puyo.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Puyo

— 1 night
Puyo, also known as El Puyo, is the capital of Pastaza, a province in Ecuador. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico las Orquideas, then get to know the resident critters at Fundacion Los Monos Selva y Vida, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yana Cocha.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Banos to Puyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Misahualli.

Things to do in Puyo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

Misahualli

— 1 night
On the 19th (Tue), get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Latas.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Misahualli day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puyo to Misahualli takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Latacunga.

Things to do in Misahualli

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Latacunga

— 1 night

Mashca City

Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Limpiopungo.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Latacunga trip builder site.

You can drive from Misahualli to Latacunga in 4.5 hours. In May in Latacunga, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Santo Domingo de los Colorados.

Things to do in Latacunga

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Santo Domingo de los Colorados

— 1 night
Santo Domingo de los Colorados, simply referred to as Santo Domingo, is a city and seat of the canton that bears its name. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico la isla del Tapir.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo de los Colorados trip maker website.

Getting from Latacunga to Santo Domingo de los Colorados by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Esmeraldas.

Things to do in Santo Domingo de los Colorados

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

Esmeraldas

— 2 nights
Esmeraldas is a coastal city in northwestern Ecuador. On the 22nd (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa de Las Palmas and then kick back and relax at Playa Tonsupa.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Esmeraldas sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Santo Domingo de los Colorados to Esmeraldas in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Esmeraldas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Esmeraldas

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 7 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, explore the striking landscape at Los Tuneles, and head outdoors with Cueva de Sucre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Esmeraldas to Puerto Villamil in 13.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Esmeraldas to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 30:

Floreana

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown, get to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz, then kick back and relax at Playa Negra, and finally stroll through Cormorant Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Post Office Bay.

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

Explore your travel options from Puerto Villamil to Floreana with the Route module. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 8 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately Baltra away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Floreana to Puerto Ayora with the Route module. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 9:

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 7 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Tijeretas, and make a trip to Dona Pilo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip builder site.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Loja.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 16:

Loja

— 6 nights

Musical Capital of Ecuador

On vacation in Loja--a city that loves its music and art--you may very well see the locals singing as they go about their business, through streets decorated with splashes of paint and tiled murals.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Loja: Podocarpus National Park (in Zamora), Santiago (Santiago Island & Sullivan Bay) and Sendero Cerro Mandango (in Vilcabamba). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Plaza Parque Central, walk around Parque Eolico Villonaco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arqueologico y Lojanidad.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Loja road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Loja in 12 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Loja

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22:

Cuenca

— 3 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.
Cuenca is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Todos Santos.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cuenca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Loja to Cuenca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 25:

Quito

— 4 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.
Quito is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cuenca to Quito by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Quito, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:

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.