7 days in Ecuador Itinerary

7 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Quito
— 1 night
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Cuenca
— 1 night
Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 1 night
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito online trip maker.

Chicago, USA to Quito is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Quito hover around 72°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, then admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cuenca driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cuenca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cuenca are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, admire the masterpieces at Maprae, and then stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, then stroll through Playa de los Alemanes, and then kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora holiday builder.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cuenca to Puerto Ayora in 7.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cuenca in December, with highs in Puerto Ayora at 82°F and lows at 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
On the 6th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on Rosedelco- Day tour, take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol, then step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil trip maker site.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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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.
On the 7th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Guayaquil online day trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Guayaquil in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in December, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Museums
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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.