35 days in Ecuador Itinerary

35 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Fly
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Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Puerto Lopez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salinas
— 1 night
Drive
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Loja
— 2 nights
Bus to Cuenca, Fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 5 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Quito, Bus to Banos
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Banos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tena
— 1 night
Bus
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
Fly
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Quito
— 4 nights
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque Seminario, then get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil vacation site.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Guayaquil is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sofia to Guayaquil, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sofia in December, things will get much hotter in Guayaquil: highs are around 38°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

2
nights
Puerto Lopez

Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park.
On the 21st (Mon), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then head outdoors with Aventuras La Plata. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Isla de la Plata, then kick back and relax at Playa de los Frailes, and then look for gifts at Pacha Chocolates.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Lopez trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Guayaquil to Puerto Lopez takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Guayaquil in December, plan for slightly colder days in Puerto Lopez, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Salinas.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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Salinas

The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
On the 23rd (Wed), get outside with La Chocolatera and then stroll through Playa de Chipipe.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Salinas route website.

You can drive from Puerto Lopez to Salinas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Salinas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores, admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, then steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Alfonso. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Salinas to Cuenca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Salinas in December, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Cuenca: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Loja.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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Loja

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.
On the 26th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Puerta de la Ciudad, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Loja, and then explore the striking landscape at Sullivan Bay. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Podocarpus.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Loja trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Cuenca to Loja in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Loja

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Step out of the city life by going to La Loberia and Wreck Bay Diving Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Tijeretas and Playa Punta Carola. The adventure continues: stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, make a trip to Lagoon El Junco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Loja to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

5
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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.
Get outdoors at Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Garrapatero and Rancho Primicias. Step out of Puerto Ayora to go to Baltra and see North Seymour Island, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal de Itabaca.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In January in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

5
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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.
Get outdoors at Sierra Negra and Isabela Island Wetlands Complex. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rosedelco- Day tour and Laguna Salinas. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at El Tunel del Estero, explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, and step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Banos.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pro Bici and Cascada el Manto de la Novia. Get outdoors at Tungurahua and Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), and explore the world behind art at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Banos travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Villamil to Banos in 9 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Banos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tena.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

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Tena

Cinnamon Capital

A jump-off point for exploring the rainforest and its rivers, Tena boasts a well-established commercial and tourist core, with a small airport and bus terminal and plenty of operators offering organized wilderness tours.
On the 15th (Fri), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tena trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Banos to Tena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Tena

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

1
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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande and then stroll through Cuyabeno Reserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve trip builder website.

Take a bus from Tena to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cotopaxi National Park and Cascada de Peguche. Popular historic sites such as El Sagrario and Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quito: Otavalo (Peguche Wasi & Iglesia San Francisco) and Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (in Calacali). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, and don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo.

Planning Quito trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can fly from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Quito in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Quito are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:

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.