19 days in Cuenca & Quito Itinerary

19 days in Cuenca & Quito Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador planner

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Cuenca
— 2 nights
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Quito
— 16 nights

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Cuenca

— 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, then take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cuenca route builder site.

Quito to Cuenca is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Quito in November since evenings lows in Cuenca dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Quito

— 16 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Cuicocha (in Cotacachi), Otavalo (Mercado 24 de Mayo, Otavalo Market, &more) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). Spend the 4th (Sun) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. Saddle up on the 17th (Sat) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Cuenca to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Quito. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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