31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

31 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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1
Cuenca
— 8 nights
2
Machala
— 3 nights
3
Guayaquil
— 8 nights
4
Santo Domingo de los Colorados
— 2 nights
5
Quito
— 9 nights

8
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cuenca: Mirador Tres Cruces (in Dos Cuevas), Ingapirca Ruins (in Ingapirca) and El Chorro Waterfall (in Giron). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, and see the interesting displays at El Museo de Las Conceptas.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cuenca trip itinerary planning site.

Medellin, Colombia to Cuenca is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Medellin in December: high temperatures in Cuenca hover around 27°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Machala.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mirador Tres Cruces, Ingapirca Ruins, El Chorro Waterfall
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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral

3
nights
Machala

Machala ©
Machala is a city in south-west Ecuador. Explore Machala's surroundings by going to Happy Fruit Agroecological Farm (in Arenillas) and Museo Casaleon (in La Libertad). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Petrified forest Puyango, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Machala, and contemplate the waterfront views at Napo River.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Machala day trip site.

You can drive from Cuenca to Machala in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in December, you will find days in Machala are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Machala

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Happy Fruit Agroecological Farm, Napo River, Museo Casaleon
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Petrified forest Puyango ©
Petrified forest Puyango
Napo River ©
Napo River
Happy Fruit Agroecological Farm ©
Happy Fruit Agroecological Farm

8
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Las Penas, examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum, take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, and don't miss a visit to Guayaquil Historical Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Guayaquil trip planner.

You can drive from Machala to Guayaquil in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santo Domingo de los Colorados.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000

2
nights
Santo Domingo de los Colorados

Santo Domingo de los Colorados ©
Santo Domingo de los Colorados, simply referred to as Santo Domingo, is a city and seat of the canton that bears its name. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico la isla del Tapir.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo de los Colorados road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Santo Domingo de los Colorados takes 5 hours. You'll set off for Quito on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Santo Domingo de los Colorados

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Zoologico la isla del Tapir ©
Zoologico la isla del Tapir

9
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cotacachi (Iglesia Matriz & Cuicocha) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). Spend the 15th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, and see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Quito visit planner.

You can drive from Santo Domingo de los Colorados to Quito in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Quito are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cotacachi, Cotopaxi National Park, Pichincha
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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
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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