16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Quito
— 2 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:  6​h 15​min
6
Cuenca
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Santiago

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and then admire the striking features of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, see the interesting displays at Casa del Alabado, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Quito online trip builder .

Santiago, Chile to Quito is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Quito. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito ©
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Mann and Cerro Tijeretas. Step out of the city life by going to Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado and La Loberia. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Puerto Chino Beach, don't miss a visit to La Casa del Ceibo, and get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online road trip planner .

You can fly from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Quito in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: highs are around 31°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Appreciate the collections at Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to El Garrapatero and Reserva El Chato. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the world behind art at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, and identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Ayora tour builder site .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. In July in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero

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 23rd (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Salinas and then get impressive views of Sierra Negra. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get to know the resident critters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, and finally identify plant and animal life at Posada de flamengos.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil tour builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Lopez.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Posada de flamengos ©
Posada de flamengos

1
night
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 25th (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then head outdoors with Aventuras La Plata. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Frailes, see the vivid underwater world at Isla de la Plata, and then look for gifts at Pacha Chocolates.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Lopez online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Lopez takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Puerto Lopez are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Lopez

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pumapungo Museo and El Museo de Las Conceptas. Head to Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller and Artes de la Tierra Galeriafor some retail therapy. Take a break from Cuenca with a short trip to Ingapirca Ruins in Ingapirca, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Catedral Vieja, view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, and see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Puerto Lopez to Cuenca in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Puerto Lopez in July, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Cuenca: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
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Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo
Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins
Plaza Abdon Calderon ©
Plaza Abdon Calderon

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