26 days in Ecuador Itinerary

26 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador trip maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

26 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Cuenca
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Latacunga
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Banos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Quito
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  9​h
6
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
7
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
8
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Guayaquil
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  18​h 15​min
End: Ljubljana

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.
On the 13th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and finally explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, stroll around Parque de la Madre, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, then admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Catedral Vieja.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cuenca sightseeing app .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Cuenca is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Cuenca. In September, daily temperatures in Cuenca can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Latacunga.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

1
night
Latacunga

Latacunga ©
Established in 1534, the plateau town of Latacunga was destroyed four times by earthquakes between 1698 and 1798.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Limpiopungo, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cotopaxi National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Latacunga trip planner .

Getting from Cuenca to Latacunga by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cuenca in September, with highs in Latacunga at 22°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Banos.

Things to do in Latacunga

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Limpiopungo ©
Laguna de Limpiopungo
La Catedral ©
La Catedral

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruta de las cascadas and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from La Casa del Arbol, get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, then admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa).

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Banos road trip planning website .

Take a bus from Latacunga to Banos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Ruta de las cascadas ©
Ruta de las cascadas

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.
Quito is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at Guayasamin Museum.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Quito trip website .

Getting from Banos to Quito by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Quito sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande and then identify plant and animal life at Cuyabeno Reserve.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve online vacation planner .

Getting from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Cuyabeno Reserve ©
Cuyabeno Reserve
Laguna Grande ©
Laguna Grande

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.
Puerto Villamil is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at El Tunel del Estero, identify plant and animal life at Posada de flamengos, get impressive views of Sierra Negra, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Puerto Villamil in 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora attractions tool .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. In September in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

4
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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon San Cristobal, explore the striking landscape of Cerro Tijeretas, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Lobos.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online trip builder .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

3
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, shopping, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro, make a trip to Guayaquil Historical Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil attractions app .

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 2 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in October, expect nights in Guayaquil to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

Similar Plans

60 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, relaxing, romantic, beaches, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 32 days in South America & Caribbean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in South America & Santiago de Cuba BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM ECUADOR August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM ISRAEL November, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Colombia, Ecuador & Peru BY A USER FROM ITALY December, culture, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in South America BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 35 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in South America BY A USER FROM DENMARK December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans