16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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16 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Cuenca
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Quito
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Santiago

1
night
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 14th (Sun), examine the collection at Cava San Miguel and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca sightseeing planner.

Santiago, Chile to Cuenca is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Cuenca is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Homero Ortega ©
Homero Ortega
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Basilica del Voto Nacional. Your inner history buff will appreciate Quito Old Town and San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, examine the collection at Intinan Museum, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, and look for gifts at Olga Fisch Folklore.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Quito trip maker app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cuenca to Quito in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Quito when traveling from Cuenca in July, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Isabela Island Wetlands Complex. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, and explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil day trip planning website .

You can fly from Quito to Puerto Villamil in 4 hours. Another option is to fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Quito to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Charles Darwin Research Station and Reserva El Chato. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. There's lots more to do: stroll through Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at The Angelique Art Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Maprae.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora road trip planning site .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Tijeretas and Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado. Do some cultural sightseeing at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Punta Pitt, kick back and relax at La Loberia, and stroll through Playa de Oro.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno journey builder site .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. July in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Punta Pitt ©
Punta Pitt

2
nights
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 28th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo en Miniatura Guayaquil en la Historia. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Las Penas, then visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil, and then wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

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

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