Eight to 10 days is a great length for an Ecuador trip, with stops in Quito, Puerto Ayora, and Isla Isabela. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as seven days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country. Keep reading for more inspiring Quito, Puerto Ayora, and Isla Isabela itineraries.

How many days do you need in Quito, Puerto Ayora & Isla Isabela?

  • Most travelers spend 8-10 days in Quito, Puerto Ayora, and Isla Isabela combined
  • Visiting Quito, Puerto Ayora, and Isla Isabela in 7 days is possible, but it will feel rushed
  • With 11 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip

How Many Days to Spend In Ecuador

Recommended Itineraries for Quito, Puerto Ayora & Isla Isabela

Recommended Itinerary for 10 Days

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Swim and snorkel with sea lions in the Galápagos
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Quito, City Tour Quito
Day 2 Quito Historic Center, Panecillo Hill & Middle of the World Tour Quito
Day 3 Cuicocha Lagoon Hike & Otavalo Market Quito
Day 4 Explore the Mindo Cloud Forest Quito
Day 5 Fly to Isla Santa Cruz, Visit the Highlands & Charles Darwin Station Puerto Ayora
Day 6 Speedboat to Isla Isabela, Explore Wildlife on Las Tintoreras Islet Isla Isabela
Day 7 Hiking on Sierra Negra Volcano Isla Isabela
Day 8 Speedboat to Isla Santa Cruz, Kayaking Tortuga Bay Puerto Ayora
Day 9 Transfer to Isla Baltra, Fly to Quito Quito
Day 10 Sightseeing in Quito, Depart Ecuador  

Ecuador is famous for many ecological and cultural highlights, and you'll get to visit two—Quito and the Galápagos Islands—on this 10-day itinerary. Start in Quito to tour the colonial city center, hike to volcanic lagoons, and explore the biodiversity of the Mindo Cloud Forest. Continue the trip with a flight to the Galápagos, where you'll spend four days relaxing on sunny beaches, visiting uninhabited islands, and looking for rare and endemic animals. Read more


Map of Quito, Puerto Ayora & Isla Isabela: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Quito, Puerto Ayora & Isla Isabela: Best Itinerary Ideas