57 days in Ecuador Itinerary

57 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Quito
— 6 nights
2
Banos
— 5 nights
3
Otavalo
— 4 nights
4
Mindo
— 5 nights
5
Guayaquil
— 5 nights
6
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 7 nights
7
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 8 nights
8
Santiago
— 1 night
9
Floreana
— 2 nights
10
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 7 nights
11
Cuenca
— 6 nights

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Pichincha (in Puerto Quito) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). Spend the 16th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, examine the collection at Intinan Museum, and don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Quito trip builder tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Quito. In December, daily temperatures in Quito can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cotopaxi National Park, Pichincha, Termas de Papallacta
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:
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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

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Banos: Riobamba (Avenida De Los Volcanes & Pro Bici) and Jardin Botanico las Orquideas (in Puyo). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), take some stellar pictures from La Casa del Arbol, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and browse for treasures at Mundo Verde.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Banos trip planner.

You can drive from Quito to Banos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Otavalo.

Things to do in Banos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Riobamba, Jardin Botanico las Orquideas
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Change things up with these side-trips from Otavalo: Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra (in Ibarra), Cayambe (Quitsato, Hacienda La Jesus, &more) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market, pick up some local products at Mercado 24 de Mayo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia El Jordan.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Otavalo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Banos to Otavalo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mindo.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Cayambe, Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra, Cuicocha
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche
Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra ©
Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra

5
nights
Mindo

Mindo ©
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mindo: Pacha Quindi Nature Refuge (in Tandayapa) and Milpe Bird Sanctuary (in San Miguel de los Bancos). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Nambilla Cascadas, hike along Yellow House Hiking Trails, and get in on the family fun at Minjoy Park.

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

You can drive from Otavalo to Mindo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacha Quindi Nature Refuge, Milpe Bird Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve ©
Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve
Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden ©
Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden
Photography Tours

5
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Explore Guayaquil's surroundings by going to Salinas (La Loberia & La Chocolatera). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Las Penas, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, and examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Mindo to Guayaquil takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Guayaquil are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Salinas
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000

7
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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Dona Pilo, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at La Loberia, and learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. January in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 14:
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo
Isla Lobos ©
Isla Lobos

8
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.
Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, and kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora vacation planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. January in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

1
night
Santiago

Santiago ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): head off the coast to Santiago Island.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santiago sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Ayora to Santiago. January in Santiago sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Santiago Island ©
Santiago Island

2
nights
Floreana

Floreana ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Cormorant Point, thenget to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz, thenkick back and relax at Playa Negra, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Floreana trip builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santiago to Floreana. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

7
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.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, stroll through Concha de Perla, head off the coast to Isabela Island, and visit Los Tuneles.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Villamil day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Floreana to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Isabela
Find places to stay Jan 25 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Isabela Island ©
Isabela Island
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

6
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cuenca: Mirador Tres Cruces (in Dos Cuevas) and Ingapirca Ruins (in Ingapirca). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca road trip app.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca by flight takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Cuenca are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mirador Tres Cruces, Ingapirca Ruins
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

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