17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

17 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  13 h 45 min
1
Otavalo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Quito
— 10 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Chicago

5
nights
Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galeria Gabriel Ceballos Ulloa and Iglesia El Jordan. Head to Otavalo Market and Peguche Wasifor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Otavalo side-trips: Laguna de Yahuarcocha (in Ibarra), Parque Arqueologico Cochasqui (in Puntazanja) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, get engrossed in the history at Museo Fabrica Imbabura, get impressive views of Volcan Imbabura, and stroll around Condor Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Otavalo online travel route planner.

Chicago, USA to Otavalo is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Chicago to Otavalo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Ibarra, Parque Arqueologico Cochasqui, Cuicocha, Museo Fabrica Imbabura, Cochasqui Pyramids
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Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche
Laguna de Yahuarcocha ©
Laguna de Yahuarcocha
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha

10
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced and Santo Domingo Church. Head to Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal and Quicentro Shoppingfor some retail therapy. Spend the 28th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and contemplate the long history of Guapulo.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Quito online journey planner.

Getting from Otavalo to Quito by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cotopaxi National Park
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito ©
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado

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