38 days in Ecuador Itinerary

38 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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38 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Guayaquil
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  5​h
5
Cuenca
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Riobamba
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Quito
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

4
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, wander the wide-open spaces of Hacienda La Danesa Lodge, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Schoenstatt Sanctuary.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil travel route builder .

Amsterdam, Holland to Guayaquil is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Guayaquil. In November, Guayaquil is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000
Las Penas ©
Las Penas

6
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: browse the exhibits of Interpretation Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Pitt, stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Tijeretas.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno tour itinerary tool .

You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil in November, you will find days in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

6
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 Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Garrapatero, and browse the exhibits of Galeria Aymara.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. November in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, North Seymour Island
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 29:
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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

6
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: head off the coast to Isabela Island, get impressive views of Sierra Negra, identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, and meet the residents at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil journey maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

4
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Change things up with a short trip to Ingapirca Ruins in Ingapirca (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, and immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cuenca. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Riobamba.

Things to do in Cuenca

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi

4
nights
Riobamba

Riobamba ©
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Get out of town with these interesting Riobamba side-trips: Banos (La Casa del Arbol, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, & more). Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Sangay National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pro Bici and get impressive views of Avenida De Los Volcanes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Riobamba day trip planning app .

Drive from Cuenca to Riobamba in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Riobamba are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Banos
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Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Sangay National Park ©
Sangay National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). Spend the 17th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the masterpieces at Guayasamin Museum, see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, and gain insight at La Ronda.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Quito trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Riobamba to Quito in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Termas de Papallacta, Cotopaxi National Park, Cuicocha
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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