19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Antwerp
train + Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Quito
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + foot + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Santa Elena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
7
Cuenca
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  17​h
End: Antwerp

1
night
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.
Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Mariscal District, then enjoy the sand and surf at San Clemente Beach, and then admire the striking features of Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Quito day trip tool .

Antwerp, Belgium to Quito is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Antwerp to Quito. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

San Clemente Beach
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Horseback Riding Tours
Mariscal District ©
Mariscal District

3
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes León Dormido, Punta Pitt and Interpretation Center. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Puerto Chino Beach and La Loberia. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa de Oro. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno road trip site .

Fly from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Quito in July; daily highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno reach 31°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Galapagosliving, Charles Darwin Research Station and Las Grietas. Get in touch with nature at Playa de los Alemanes and El Garrapatero. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, and identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

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.
You've added The Wall of Tears, Volcan Trillizos, Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, and then make a trip to The Wall of Tears. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador and then skim along the rocks with Volcan Trillizos.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil vacation builder website .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Elena.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Tours Wildlife
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Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
The Wall of Tears ©
The Wall of Tears

1
night
Santa Elena

Santa Elena ©
A holiday in Santa Elena allows visitors to explore southwestern Ecuador as well as the capital of both the province and the canton of the same name.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Rosada as well as Playa de Olon. On the 31st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Centinela, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Emperatriz de Santa Elena, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa la Rinconada. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa de Olon and then stroll through Playa Rosada.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Elena holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Villamil to Santa Elena in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. In July in Santa Elena, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Santa Elena

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa de Olon ©
Playa de Olon
Catedral de Emperatriz de Santa Elena ©

2
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Malecon 2000, Guayaquil Historical Park, Parque de las Iguanas, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Isla Santay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco, then wander the streets of Las Penas, and finally meet the residents at Parque de las Iguanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Guayaquil itinerary maker site .

Getting from Santa Elena to Guayaquil by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Elena in August, you will find days in Guayaquil are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

3
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
You've added Rio Tomebamba, Cuenca Bestours, Arutam Ecotours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Mirador de Turi and Old Cathedral of Cuenca for their historical value. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cuenca online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Cuenca takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Guayaquil in August, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Cuenca: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks Nature Tours
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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Cuenca Bestours ©
Cuenca Bestours
Arutam Ecotours ©
Arutam Ecotours

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