10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

10 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ecuador trip itinerary planner

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Quito
— 3 nights
Drive
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Banos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Riobamba
— 1 night
Drive
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Cuenca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guayaquil
— 1 night
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Quito

— 3 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Quito trip builder tool.

Tampa, USA to Quito is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You will leave for Banos on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Quito

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Banos

— 2 nights
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.
Banos is known for nature, adventure, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada EL Pailon, get great views at La Casa del Arbol, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Banos route planner.

Traveling by car from Quito to Banos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Riobamba on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Banos

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Riobamba

— 1 night
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Plan my trip to Riobamba with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Banos to Riobamba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Riobamba can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. You'll set off for Cuenca on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Riobamba

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

Cuenca

— 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and then take in the views from El Puente Roto. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, pause for some serene contemplation at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de las flores, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cuenca driving holiday site.

You can drive from Riobamba to Cuenca in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cuenca are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Guayaquil

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 28th (Fri), take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, then take a stroll through Las Penas, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Guayaquil takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in January, expect nights in Guayaquil to be much hotter, around 74°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:

Ecuador travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.