19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

19 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Guayaquil
— 3 nights
2
Montanita
— 3 nights
3
Quito
— 3 nights
4
Otavalo
— 2 nights
5
Banos
— 2 nights
6
Cuenca
— 2 nights
7
Guayaquil
— 2 nights

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Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Las Penas and Cerro Santa Ana. Visiting Guayaquil Historical Park and Malecon del Salado will get you outdoors. When in Guayaquil, make a side trip to see General Villamil Beach in Playas, approximately Playas away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario, take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil.

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Montreal, Canada to Guayaquil is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Montreal in November, with highs in Guayaquil at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montanita.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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.
Relax by the water at Playa de los Frailes and Playa Las Salinas. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Montanita and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Puerto Lopez (about 54 minutes away). There's more to do: deepen your understanding at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Montanita trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Montanita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Guayaquil in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Montanita: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania. Step out of Quito to go to Papallacta and see Termas de Papallacta, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, examine the collection at Numismatic Museum, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, and look for gifts at La Mundial Custom Boots.

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Fly from Montanita to Quito in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Quito is a bit cooler than Montanita - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Otavalo.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Termas de Papallacta
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market, thenstroll through Condor Park, and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Lechero, thenlook for gifts at Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado, and then explore the activities along Cuicocha.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Otavalo trip planner.

You can drive from Quito to Otavalo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car 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

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, fly like a bird 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: take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas, thenmake a trip to La Casa del Arbol, and finally learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Banos trip planning website.

Drive from Otavalo to Banos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

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

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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 14th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, thenexplore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Catedral Vieja. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, and then explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba.

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Traveling by car from Banos to Cuenca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Cuenca sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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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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Guayaquil

Guayaquil
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla Santay, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Guayaquil online holiday planner.

You can drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in December, you will find days in Guayaquil are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are warmer (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

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

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