16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Quito
— 3 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
Fly
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Guayaquil
— 2 nights
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Quito

— 3 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin, and make a trip to El Panecillo.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Quito route planning tool.

New York City, USA to Quito is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Quito to be much hotter, temps between 72°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums
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Puerto Villamil, Isabela

— 2 nights
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 7th (Fri): explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, get a new perspective on things with Los Tuneles, then don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla. Keep things going the next day: hike along El Tunel del Estero, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, then stroll through Laguna Salinas, and finally take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol.

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Fly from Quito to Puerto Villamil in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

— 4 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero. Get some cultural insight at Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a taste of the local shopping with The Angelique Art Gallery, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary site.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal

— 4 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
We've included these beaches for you: Puerto Chino Beach and Cerro Brujo. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Punta Carola and La Loberia. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and kick back and relax at Playa Mann.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Guayaquil

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 17th (Mon), wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana, take a stroll through Las Penas, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Guayaquil online tour builder.

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Museums
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Ecuador travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.