10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Guayaquil
— 1 night
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  5​h
4
Cuenca
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Houston

1
night
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 31st (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Escultura Ana Villamil Ycaz, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, then wander the streets of Las Penas, and finally take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil trip maker website .

Houston, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in October, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods Parks
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Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

3
nights
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora holiday site .

Getting from Guayaquil to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight, ferry, and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Guayaquil in October: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©

2
nights
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla and then don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil trip maker .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
The Wall of Tears ©
The Wall of Tears

1
night
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Catedral Vieja, then examine the collection at Homero Ortega, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de las flores.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cuenca online travel planner .

Fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Cuenca are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

2
nights
Quito

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, gain insight at La Ronda, then admire the landmark architecture of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia).

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Quito in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in Quito. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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