12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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12 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  18​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Guayaquil
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
4
Quito
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Sao Paulo

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galeria Exotico Ecuador and Rancho Primicias. Let the collections at Galeria Aymara and The Angelique Art Gallery capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, view the masterpieces at Maki-Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora online road trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Puerto Ayora. Traveling from Sao Paulo in July, things will get a bit warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 31°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Chino Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Cerro Tijeretas.

Before you visit Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. In July in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 19th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Guayaquil holiday planner .

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Museums
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Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Sat), trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Quito trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Guayaquil to Quito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in July, expect Quito to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cuyabeno Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve day trip planner.

Getting from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

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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