10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Quito
— 1 night
2
Cuenca
— 2 nights
3
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 1 night
4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stop by ARIU, examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Quito trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Quito is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC in January, things will get warmer in Quito: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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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 9th (Sun), explore the galleries of Museo Catedral Vieja, admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, thenview the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, and finally appreciate the history behind Plaza Del Herrera. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, thensee the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, and finally shop like a local with Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cuenca road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cuenca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Cuenca sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Shopping Nature
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Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja
Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Posada de flamengos, enjoy the sand and surf at El Faro, thenkick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Salinas, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil road trip planning app.

Getting from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil by flight takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Posada de flamengos ©
Posada de flamengos

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): kick back and relax at El Garrapatero, look for gifts at Darwin's Cotton, thentake in the exciting artwork at The Angelique Art Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, thenshop like a local with Galeria Exotico Ecuador, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Ayora travel planner.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Carola, thenget a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, and then kick back and relax at Playa Mann. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, and then kick back and relax at La Loberia.

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Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Playa Punta Carola ©
Playa Punta Carola
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

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