37 days in Ecuador & Mancora Itinerary

37 days in Ecuador & Mancora Itinerary

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37 days in Ecuador & Mancora Itinerary

Start: Mancora, Peru
Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Mindo, Ecuador
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Otavalo, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Banos, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  5​h
6
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
7
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
8
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Mancora, Peru
— 8 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
End: Quito, Ecuador

1
day
Mindo, Ecuador

Mindo ©
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal.
On the 19th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden, identify plant and animal life at Rio Bravo Reserve, then trek along Yellow House Hiking Trails, then look for gifts at El Escampadero, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Las Tangaras Reserve (Reserva las Tangaras).

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mindo day trip app .

Mancora, Peru to Mindo is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Otavalo.

Things to do in Mindo

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden ©
Rio Bravo Reserve ©
Rio Bravo Reserve

2
nights
Otavalo, Ecuador

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
On the 20th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Matriz, then explore the activities along Cuicocha, and finally trek along Cuicocha Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra, look for gifts at Artesanias Ecuatorianas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia El Jordan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gruta y la Cruz del Socavon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco.

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Drive from Mindo to Otavalo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Otavalo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ibarra, Cotacachi, Cuicocha Lake
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Cuicocha Lake ©
Cuicocha Lake
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha

2
nights
Banos, Ecuador

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at El Salado, get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally head outdoors with Aventurandes. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), learn more about the world around you at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), and finally stroll through Ruta de las cascadas.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Banos vacation builder .

Getting from Otavalo to Banos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Parks Nature
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3
nights
Quito, Ecuador

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Termas de Papallacta and Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito. Spend the 25th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Ciudad, examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, and take a peaceful walk through Pasochoa Forest Reserve.

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You can drive from Banos to Quito in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Quito are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Quito

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Termas de Papallacta
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Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Maquipucuna Reserve ©
Maquipucuna Reserve

3
nights
Cuenca, Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like El Museo de Las Conceptas and El Carmen de la Asuncion Church. Spend the 28th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, examine the collection at Museo Remigio Crespo Toral, pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, and admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cuenca trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Cuenca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Cuenca, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
El Carmen de la Asuncion Church ©
El Carmen de la Asuncion Church
El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park

4
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sierra Negra and Isabela Island. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, and hike along El Tunel del Estero.

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You can fly from Cuenca to Puerto Villamil in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Isabela
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Discover out-of-the-way places like North Seymour Island and Laguna las Ninfas. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de La Estacion.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
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El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

4
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Interpretation Center and Cerro Tijeretas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Pitt, identify plant and animal life at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and go for a walk through Malecon San Cristobal.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno travel planner .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. July in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Schoenstatt Sanctuary and Queen of Galapagos. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Las Penas, view the masterpieces at Casa Marin, get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, and enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil by flight takes about 2 hours. July in Guayaquil sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mancora.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro ©
Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil ©
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco

8
nights
Mancora, Peru

In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Lobitos. Go for a jaunt from Mancora to Talara to see Mirador Cristo Petrolero about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Las Pocitas Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mancora, and get outside with Zona Kite Mancora.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mancora trip planner .

Traveling by car from Guayaquil to Mancora takes 6.5 hours. When traveling from Guayaquil in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mancora: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mancora

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Organos, Playa Lobitos, Mirador Cristo Petrolero
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Mancora ©
Playa Mancora
Eco Fundo La Caprichosa ©
Eco Fundo La Caprichosa

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