32 days in Ecuador Itinerary

32 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Pasto
Drive:  2 h 30 min
1
Tulcan
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Quito
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h
4
Puerto Lopez
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Salinas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Guayaquil
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
8
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
9
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  7 h
10
Cuenca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Loja
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
12
Macara
— 2 nights
End: Macara

1
night
Tulcan

Tulcan ©
Tulcán is the capital of the province of Carchi in Ecuador and the seat of Tulcán Canton. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Gruta de la Paz and then stroll through El Angel Ecological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal de Tulcan.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tulcan day trip planning app.

Pasto, Colombia to Tulcan is an approximately 3.5- hour car ride. In August, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Quito.

Things to do in Tulcan

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

El Angel Ecological Reserve
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Cementerio Municipal de Tulcan ©
Cementerio Municipal de Tulcan
Gruta de la Paz ©
Gruta de la Paz
El Angel Ecological Reserve ©
El Angel Ecological Reserve

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Casa del Alabado and El Sagrario. Get a sense of the local culture at Santo Domingo Church and Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila. Step out of Quito to go to Calacali and see Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Casa de Sucre, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tulcan to Quito takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tulcan in August, expect Quito to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve
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Santo Domingo Church ©
Santo Domingo Church
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Photography Tours

2
nights
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 7th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, make a trip to La Casa del Arbol, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Banos trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Quito to Banos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Zipline
Spas

2
nights
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 9th (Sun): look for gifts at Pacha Chocolates, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Frailes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Machalilla, appreciate the history behind Monumento del Surfista, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Lopez route planning site.

Getting from Banos to Puerto Lopez by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salinas.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, Playa de los Frailes, Monumento del Surfista
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Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Nacional Machalilla ©
Parque Nacional Machalilla

2
nights
Salinas

Salinas ©
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa de Mar Bravo, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Anconcito.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Salinas online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Lopez to Salinas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Lopez in August, you will find days in Salinas are little chillier (27°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Salinas

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa de Mar Bravo ©
Playa de Mar Bravo
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Playa Anconcito ©
Playa Anconcito

1
night
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, and then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo Municipal de Guayaquil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Schoenstatt Sanctuary, and then take a stroll through Las Penas.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Guayaquil trip tool.

Drive from Salinas to Guayaquil in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Salinas in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Guayaquil: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours
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Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Museo Municipal de Guayaquil ©
Museo Municipal de Guayaquil

2
nights
Puerto Villamil, Isabela

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Tunel del Estero, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, then trek along Mirador los tunos, then stroll through Concha de Perla, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Cuna del Sol, then get outside with Cueva de Sucre, then cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and finally explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil online journey builder.

Getting from Guayaquil to Puerto Villamil by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Iglesia Cristo Salvador ©
Iglesia Cristo Salvador

4
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.
Get outdoors at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station. You'll explore and learn at Galeria Aymara and Maprae. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see North Seymour Island about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, shop like a local with The Angelique Art Gallery, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora online attractions planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora is 1 hour. August in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
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North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Visiting La Loberia and Puerto Chino Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo, hike along Punta Pitt, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oro.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at El Cajas National Park and El Chorro Waterfall. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Catedral Vieja and Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller, and explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Cuenca takes 7 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in August, things will get a bit cooler in Cuenca: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Loja.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

El Chorro Waterfall
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Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno ©
Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja
El Carmen de la Asuncion Church ©
El Carmen de la Asuncion Church

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nights
Loja

Loja ©
On vacation in Loja--a city that loves its music and art--you may very well see the locals singing as they go about their business, through streets decorated with splashes of paint and tiled murals.
Get some cultural insight at Puerta de la Ciudad and Iglesia San Francisco. Get some historical perspective at Plaza de la Independencia and Catedral de Loja. Change things up with these side-trips from Loja: Vilcabamba (Sendero Cerro Mandango & Arte Nomade). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Sebastian, examine the collection at Museo de Arqueologico y Lojanidad, go for a walk through Calle Lourdes, and hunt for treasures at Mercado Centro Comercial Loja.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Loja road trip planning tool.

Getting from Cuenca to Loja by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Macara.

Things to do in Loja

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trip

Vilcabamba
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Plaza de la Independencia ©
Plaza de la Independencia
Puerta de la Ciudad ©
Puerta de la Ciudad
Iglesia de San Sebastian ©
Iglesia de San Sebastian

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nights
Macara

Macara ©
Macará is a city in the Loja Province of Ecuador. On the 30th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templete Maria Auxiliadora. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Parroquia San Antonio de Macara.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Macara trip planner.

Drive from Loja to Macara in 3.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Macara

Historic Sites
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Templete Maria Auxiliadora ©
Templete Maria Auxiliadora

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