53 days in Ecuador Itinerary

53 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Denver
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Guayaquil
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Salinas
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Montanita
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Canoa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Manta
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Quito
— 22 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Denver

8
nights
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, look for gifts at Plaza Lagos, wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana, and experience rural life at Hacienda La Danesa Lodge.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Guayaquil tour planner.

Denver, USA to Guayaquil is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Guayaquil is 2 hours. Traveling from Denver in November, expect Guayaquil to be warmer, temps between 87°F and 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salinas.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

7
nights
Salinas

Salinas ©
The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Explore Salinas' surroundings by going to Playa de Puerto Engabao (in Engabao) and Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve (in Posorja). There's lots more to do: stroll through La Loberia, see the interesting displays at Galeria Nautica Mirador Farrallon Dillon, kick back and relax at Playa San Pablo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Emperatriz de Santa Elena.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Salinas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Salinas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Guayaquil, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Salinas, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Montanita.

Things to do in Salinas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Elena, Playa de Puerto Engabao, Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve, Galeria Nautica Mirador Farrallon Dillon
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 7:
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Playa de Puerto Engabao ©
Playa de Puerto Engabao
La Chocolatera ©
La Chocolatera

6
nights
Montanita

Montanita ©
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
Venture out of the city with trips to Puerto Lopez (Morning Fish Market, Clara Luna, &more) and Machalilla National Park (Playa de los Frailes & Agua Blanca). There's lots more to do: gain insight at Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes, kick back and relax at Playa Montanita, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, and stroll through Playa de Olon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Montanita trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salinas to Montanita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Montanita are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Canoa.

Things to do in Montanita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Lopez, Olon, Machalilla National Park, Santa Elena
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 13:
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Playa de los Frailes ©
Playa de los Frailes
Aventuras La Plata ©
Aventuras La Plata
Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes ©
Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes

4
nights
Canoa

Canoa ©
Canoa is a town in the Canton of San Vicente in the Manabí Province of Ecuador.Canoa is located north of Bahía de Caraquez, Province of Manabí – Ecuador. Venture out of the city with trips to Bahia de Caraquez (Reserva Biologica Cerro Seco & Playa Paseo de Roberto). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Bahia de Caraquez, stroll through Isla Corazon Mangrove Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de la Cruz, and experience rural life at Rio Muchacho Organic Farm.

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Drive from Montanita to Canoa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manta.

Things to do in Canoa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bahia de Caraquez
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Reserva Biologica Cerro Seco ©
Reserva Biologica Cerro Seco
Museo Bahia de Caraquez ©
Museo Bahia de Caraquez
Alas y Olas ©
Alas y Olas

5
nights
Manta

Manta ©
A busy and wealthy port town, Manta serves as an increasingly important economic hub thanks to its thriving tuna fishing industry and famously productive population.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manta: Isla de la Plata (in Machalilla National Park) and Portoviejo (Jardin Botanico de Portoviejo, Estadio Reales Tamarindos, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Centro Cívico Ciudad Alfaro, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, appreciate the history behind Panama Hat Girl, and stroll through San Mateo Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Canoa to Manta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Manta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portoviejo, Isla de la Plata, Centro Cívico Ciudad Alfaro
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:
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Playa el Murcielago ©
Playa el Murcielago
Isla de la Plata ©
Isla de la Plata
Estadio Reales Tamarindos ©
Estadio Reales Tamarindos

22
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Otavalo (Otavalo Market, Municipio de Otavalo, &more), Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche) and Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (in Calacali). Spend the 31st (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Reserva Ecologica Antisana. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Quito planner.

Fly from Manta to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otavalo, Cayambe, Termas de Papallacta, Bosque Protector Jerusalem, Fuya Fuya
Find places to stay Dec 22 — Jan 13:
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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