17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Guayaquil
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
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
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  5​h
5
Cuenca
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
6
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Quito
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take a stroll through Las Penas, take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, and finally appreciate the history behind Escultura Ana Villamil Ycaz.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Guayaquil trip itinerary planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Guayaquil. In December, Guayaquil is warmer than Chicago - with highs of 90°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods Parks
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Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
La Perla ©
La Perla

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cerro Tijeretas and La Loberia. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Puerto Chino Beach, make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and go for a walk through Malecon San Cristobal.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Guayaquil in December: highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Garrapatero and Maprae. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora vacation website .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan and Iglesia Cristo Salvador. Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears, get impressive views of Sierra Negra, and step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil trip planner .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and finally contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cuenca online journey planner .

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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 December in Cuenca, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Banos.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks Nature Tours
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Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Banos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Manto de la Novia. On your second day here, get impressive views of Tungurahua, then look for gifts at Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Banos trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cuenca to Banos in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Parks Nature Tours
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Tungurahua
Tungurahua
Zipline
Spas

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Casa del Alabado and Room Escape Games. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Quito day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Banos to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Quito, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Room Escape Games

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