11 days in Ecuador Itinerary

11 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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11 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Guayaquil
Drive:  3 h 30 min
1
Cuenca
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
2
Quito
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Latacunga
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
4
Quilotoa
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
5
Banos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Quito
— 3 nights
End: Quito

3
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've now added Ingapirca Ruins to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Fri), delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Todos Los Santos and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Todos Santos. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, stop by Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cuenca road trip planner.

Guayaquil to Cuenca is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. While traveling from Guayaquil, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Cuenca, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
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Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Rio Tomebamba ©
Rio Tomebamba

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then make a trip to El Panecillo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Sagrario.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Quito road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Quito takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Quito, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Latacunga.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites
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Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
El Panecillo ©
El Panecillo

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hours
Latacunga

Latacunga ©
Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get impressive views of Cotopaxi Volcano.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Latacunga trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Quito to Latacunga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Quito in April; daily highs in Latacunga reach 67°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Latacunga

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cotopaxi Volcano
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Cotopaxi Volcano ©
Cotopaxi Volcano

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Quilotoa

Quilotoa ©
You've now added Laguna Quilotoa to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Quilotoa.

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You can drive from Latacunga to Quilotoa in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Laguna Quilotoa
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Laguna Quilotoa ©
Laguna Quilotoa

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Aventura San Martin. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, take in the dramatic scenery at Ruta de las cascadas, and then admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from La Casa del Arbol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), then browse for treasures at Mundo Verde, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Parque Aventura San Martin.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Banos trip planner.

You can drive from Quilotoa to Banos in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Ruta de las cascadas ©
Ruta de las cascadas
La Casa del Arbol ©
La Casa del Arbol

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Quito

Quito ©
See some other sides of Quito: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, don't miss a visit to Plaza Equinoccial, look for gifts at ARIU, and get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

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Getting from Banos to Quito by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo