22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

22 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Start: Cartagena
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Quito
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
4
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  8 h
5
Puerto Lopez
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h
6
Banos
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h
7
Cuenca
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Cartagena

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Casa del Alabado and Museo Casa de Sucre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and El Sagrario. Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado (in Otavalo) and Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche). Spend the 3rd (Fri) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, examine the collection at Numismatic Museum, appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Quito online holiday planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Quito is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cartagena in July, with highs in Quito at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Otavalo, Cotopaxi National Park
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Centro Cultural Metropolitano ©
Centro Cultural Metropolitano
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Loberia and Puerto Chino Beach. Get outdoors at Cerro Tijeretas and Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Mann, learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo, and stroll through Playa de Oro.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online journey planner.

You can fly from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Quito in July, expect Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galeria Aymara and The Angelique Art Gallery. Get outdoors at El Garrapatero and North Seymour Island. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the world behind art at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Puerto Ayora sightseeing planner.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. July in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

North Seymour Island
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El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Fishing Charters & Tours
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

2
nights
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, and then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol, then make a trip to The Wall of Tears, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Salinas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Iglesia Cristo Salvador ©
Iglesia Cristo Salvador

1
night
Puerto Lopez

Puerto Lopez ©
Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stop by Pacha Chocolates and then explore the gorgeous colors at Isla de la Plata. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Playa de los Frailes and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Lopez vacation planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Lopez in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Lopez. July in Puerto Lopez sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Banos.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de los Frailes
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Isla de la Plata ©
Isla de la Plata
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa) and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then get impressive views of Tungurahua.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Banos trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Puerto Lopez to Banos takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Zipline
Tungurahua
Tungurahua

5
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Step out of the city life by going to Plaza Abdon Calderon and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Ingapirca Ruins and Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller. Step out of Cuenca to go to Ingapirca and see Parroquia de Ingapirca, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, steep yourself in history at Museo Catedral Vieja, explore the world behind art at Reserva y Museo de las Artes Populares, and explore the ancient world of The Ruins of Todos Los Santos.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cuenca day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Banos to Cuenca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cuenca are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Ingapirca
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Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins
Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

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