Hello hello travelers!
Let me start off by saying NO, I’ve never been to the Ecuador. However, one of my close friends was there just a few weeks ago and shared with me her itinerary and photos. IT LOOKS AMAZING.
Let me tell you one thing: This itinerary is for the adventurers mainly. If you’re not an adventure kind of person, this is not for you.
Now, enjoy!! 😀
Country Code: +593
Official Language: Spanish
Fire Department: 102
Day 1: Arrive to Quito and see the city
Quito, formally San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador. Checkout the old town (see the Plaza and Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), La Compañía de Jesús and the Museo de Arte Colonial), see museums and galleries, or take the teleferiqo to see spectacular views over Quito’s mountainous landscape.
Quito is surrounded by a variety of places that could interest all kinds of tourists. A couple of hours on a bus ride is all it takes to reach them:
To the North, all tourists should visit the province of Imbabura, which has beautiful lakes such as Yaguarcocha and San Pablo. Hikers and mountain climbers can also ask for adventures in Cayambe National Park, home of the 3rd largest volcano in Ecuador.
To the North West of Quito lies the region of Mindo, a subtropical rainforest paradise, full of rivers, majestic waterfalls, unique wildlife and more. The region is home to a variety of animal wildlife sanctuaries, and is famous locally and internationally because of its beauty.
To the east, lies Papallacta which is a thermal water resort town if you’re into spas and relaxation.
Day 2: Tour to San Miguel de Ibarra
Ibarra is located at the base of the inactive Imbabura Volcano and is the capital of the Imbabura Province. The tour to Ibarra is through a volcano route where you can see the Chimborazo and the route of the volcanoes. In the top of the volcano, there is a lagoon. Return to Quito & Spend the night in Quito. (Two hours drive)
Day 3,4 and 5: Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz Island
Fly to Santa Cruz Island, (Known to be the best of the islands in Galapagos). Galapagos Islands are volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. Santa Cruz, is the second largest island in the Galapagos. On your way from the airport, visit lava tunnels and a sea turtle reserve, and stop at Charles Darwin Station to learn about the islands’ animals and Darwin’s observations, as well as the islands’ conservation efforts. Also, see Las Grietas.
Day 6: Fly from Galapagos (to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport) spend the night night in Guayaquil
Guayaquil is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador. Famous for Barrio Las Peñas which is shown in the picture above. Take the 465-step climb to the top of Santa Ana Hill and see the beautiful views and have the chance to stand on the site of the city’s birthplace.
Day 7: Trip to Cuenca
Cuenca is closer from Guayaquil (3:30 hours driving). In Cuenca, you can take a double decker bus, then you can go to a Mineral Natural Spa – one of the most beautiful things to do in Cuenca.
Day 8 – Cuenca and Ingapirca Ruins, Tour of the falls route in Baños
In the end of the afternoon travel to Baños (3 hours driving) – 01 night in Baños and do extreme sports the next day!
Day 9 – Travel to Puyo, 01 Night in Puyo, Amazon
Trip to Puyo – 01 night in Puyo – Amazon
Day 10 – Tour to the Amazon and Indian group
Day 11 – Flight from Quito back home
Hope this helps? Cheers! xx