19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Guayaquil
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Montanita
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Quito
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Otavalo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Banos
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
6
Cuenca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Montreal

3
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil Historical Park and Las Penas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at General Villamil Beach and Malecon del Salado. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, stroll around Parque Seminario, and enjoy breathtaking views from La Perla.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Guayaquil travel planning site .

Montreal, Canada to Guayaquil is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Montreal in November, with highs in Guayaquil at 36°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Montanita.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

General Villamil Beach
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

3
nights
Montanita

Montanita ©
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa de los Frailes and Playa Montanita. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Las Salinas. The adventure continues: deepen your understanding at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Montanita trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Montanita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Guayaquil, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Montanita, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa de los Frailes, Playa Las Salinas, Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa Montanita
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Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Montanita
Playa Montanita

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). Take a break from Quito with a short trip to Termas de Papallacta in Papallacta, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the masterpieces at La Capilla Del Hombre, deepen your understanding at La Ronda, and look for gifts at La Mundial Custom Boots.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Montanita to Quito in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Montanita in December; daily highs in Quito reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Termas de Papallacta
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

2
nights
Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Otavalo Market, then stroll around Condor Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through El Lechero, then stop by Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado, and then explore the activities along Cuicocha.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Otavalo journey planner.

You can drive from Quito to Otavalo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Cuicocha
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Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
El Lechero ©
El Lechero

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Thu), head outdoors with Canopy double puerta del cielo, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa). Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, then make a trip to La Casa del Arbol, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Banos trip app .

Traveling by car from Otavalo to Banos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Ruta de las cascadas ©
Ruta de las cascadas

2
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
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 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, and then explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cuenca road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Banos to Cuenca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cuenca are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

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nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla Santay, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Presley Norton Museum and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil online trip builder .

You can drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cuenca in December: highs in Guayaquil hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Presley Norton Museum ©
Presley Norton Museum
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco

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