49 days in Ecuador Itinerary

49 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Latacunga
Bus:  1 h 15 min
1
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Machachi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Otavalo
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  6 h 30 min
4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Travel:  4 h 30 min
5
Floreana
— 1 night
Travel:  4 h 45 min
6
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 6 nights
Ferry:  1 h
7
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 7 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Guayaquil
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Cuenca
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Salinas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Machalilla National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3 h
12
Quito
— 9 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
13
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 45 min
End: Latacunga

2
nights
Banos

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron). Take a break from Banos with a short trip to Pro Bici in Riobamba, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), contemplate the geological forces at Tungurahua, and look for gifts at Mundo Verde.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Banos trip itinerary website.

Latacunga to Banos is an approximately 1.5- hour bus ride. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Machachi.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pro Bici
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Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Machachi

Machachi ©
Machachi is the canton seat of Mejía Canton in the Pichincha province of Ecuador.Machachi is located to the south of the capital of Ecuador, Quito. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Cotopaxi National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Machachi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Banos to Machachi takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Machachi

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cotopaxi National Park
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Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park

2
nights
Otavalo

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Cuicocha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de San Luis, and then hunt for treasures at Otavalo Market. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado, admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Otavalo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Machachi to Otavalo takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Otavalo

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cuicocha, Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra
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Otavalo Market ©
Otavalo Market
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maki-Art Gallery and Galeria Aymara. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa de La Estacion, and explore the world behind art at Galeria Exotico Ecuador.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora day trip website.

Getting from Otavalo to Puerto Ayora by combination of bus, flight, and ferry takes about 7 hours. In July in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

1
night
Floreana

Floreana ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asilo de la Paz, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cormorant Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Negra, and finally make a trip to Post Office Bay.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Floreana trip maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Ayora to Floreana with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

6
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Puerto Villamil and Playa del Amor. Take a break from the city and head to Sierra Negra and Concha de Perla. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, explore the striking landscape at El Tunel del Estero, head outdoors with Cueva de Sucre, and head off the coast to Las Tintoreras.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Villamil attractions planning website.

Explore your travel options from Floreana to Puerto Villamil with the Route module. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
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.
Get some cultural insight at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Relax by the water at Playa Mann and La Loberia. Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. The adventure continues: pedal to the sights with Galakiwi Adventures, stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, head outdoors with Cerro Tijeretas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 6 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Escape the urban bustle at Guayaquil Historical Park and Malecon del Salado. Get some historical perspective at El Faro de Guayaquil and Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil. There's much more to do: stop by Las Penas, wander the wide-open spaces of Hacienda La Danesa Lodge, explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, and look for gifts at Ecua-Andino Hats.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Guayaquil online holiday planner.

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 2 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in August, you will find days in Guayaquil are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cuenca.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

4
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Appreciate the collections at Homero Ortega and El Museo de Las Conceptas. Shop till you drop at Carolina Bookstore and Plaza Civica. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba, take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Guayaquil to Cuenca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in August, you will find days in Cuenca are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are much colder (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Salinas.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja

3
nights
Salinas

Salinas ©
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Escape the urban bustle at La Loberia and Playa de Chipipe. Relax by the water at Playa de Olon and Playa Montanita. Go for a jaunt from Salinas to Santa Elena to see Playa Montanita about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Playa de Punta Blanca and stroll through Playa Las Salinas.

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You can drive from Cuenca to Salinas in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Salinas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Machalilla National Park.

Things to do in Salinas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Elena, Playa Montanita
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Playa Montanita ©
Playa Montanita
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Playa de Chipipe ©
Playa de Chipipe

1
night
Machalilla National Park

Machalilla National Park ©
A trip to Machalilla National Park provides an opportunity to witness the wetlands and forest of Ecuador and its rich plant and animal life, threatened by poaching and deforestation.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Agua Blanca and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Frailes.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Machalilla National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Salinas to Machalilla National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Salinas in August: highs in Machalilla National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Machalilla National Park

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Agua Blanca ©
Agua Blanca

9
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.
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Olga Fisch Folklore are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore La Capilla Del Hombre and Casa Museo Guayasamin. Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Pichincha (in Puerto Quito) and Tandayapa (Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Pacha Quindi Nature Refuge). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, and stroll around Parque La Carolina.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Quito trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of car and flight from Machalilla National Park to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Machalilla National Park in August: high temperatures in Quito hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Tandayapa, Pichincha
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

2
nights
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve ©
A special set of environmental factors helped create Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biodiverse national parks in Ecuador.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande and then stroll through Cuyabeno Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cuyabeno Reserve ©
Cuyabeno Reserve
Laguna Grande ©
Laguna Grande

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