Ecuador 10-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 18 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Ecuador.

Embark on a fun and immersive journey across Ecuador with our 10-day itineraries, each offering a different adventure. Consider something like this ultimate Ecuador itinerary if you're after a mix of mountain hikes, waterfall drives, and a snorkeling experience in the Galápagos. For those intrigued by cultural insights and the lush landscapes of both the Andes and the Amazon, an itinerary similar to this mountains and rainforest adventure gives you the chance to explore the heritage of Quito, learn about the crafts in Otavalo, and discover the biodiversity of the Amazon. Families wanting a trip with fun and educational activities can opt for an itinerary like this family adventure, where you'll enjoy cooking classes, swimming with sea lions, and kayaking in Tortuga Bay. 

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 10-day trips in Ecuador.

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Quilotoa Lagoon in the Ecuadorian Andes
Map of Ultimate Ecuador: Quito, Baños, Cotopaxi & the Galápagos - 10 Days
Ultimate Ecuador: Quito, Baños, Cotopaxi & the Galápagos - 10 Days

Adventure awaits on this exhilarating 10-day journey through Ecuador. Starting in the country's rugged Andean highlands, you'll hike and horseback ride through a landscape of towering volcanoes, crater lakes, and dramatic waterfalls before hopping over to the Galápagos to discover some of the most remarkable biodiversity on earth. Explore uninhabited islands, snorkel with sharks, and get your adrenaline pumping as you rappel deep into a dormant volcano.

Cuicocha Lagoon
Map of Ecuador Mountains to Coast: Andes, Quito, Cotopaxi, & More - 10 Days
Ecuador Mountains to Coast: Andes, Quito, Cotopaxi, & More - 10 Days

From Quito's colonial center to the volcanoes of Cotopaxi National Park, explore the best of Ecuador's mainland on this packed 10-day itinerary. Hike along the rim of volcanic lagoons, barter for Ecuadorian handicrafts at markets, and visit small mountain villages. You'll see cascading waterfalls, lush orchid farms, high altitude plateaus, and much more as you traverse the countryside.

Colorful Macaw in the Amazon
Map of Mountains & Rainforest in Ecuador: Quito, Andes, & Amazon - 10 Days
Mountains & Rainforest in Ecuador: Quito, Andes, & Amazon - 10 Days

See rare wildlife, climb into the clouds, traverse volcanoes, and more on this 10-day Ecuador itinerary. You'll get to experience cultural highlights, like Quito's UNESCO-designated city center and the Otavalo market, but the true gem of this trip is nature. From the lush cloud forests of Mindo to the ecologically diverse Amazon, there's no shortage of wildlife sightings: howler monkeys, pink river dolphins, and iridescent blue butterflies all call this region home. 

Pink River Dolphin in the Amazon
Map of Wildlife & Nature in Ecuador - Quito, Amazon, & Galapagos - 10 Days
Wildlife & Nature in Ecuador - Quito, Amazon, & Galapagos - 10 Days

Ecuador is one of the world's hotspots for ecological diversity, so it makes sense to spend this 10-day trip exploring nature as much as possible. Start in Quito to see the UNESCO heritage city center, then head to the rainforest for three days at an ecolodge where you'll spot macaws, pink river dolphins, and howler monkeys. Round out your trip with a flight to the Galapagos, where giant tortoises, white-sand beaches, and uninhabited islands await.

Parrot at Parrot clay lick
Map of Ecuador Wildlife & Culture: Quito, Mindo, Yasuni National Park - 10 Days
Ecuador Wildlife & Culture: Quito, Mindo, Yasuni National Park - 10 Days

On this 10-day journey through Ecuador, you will experience culture and extraordinary wildlife. It is the perfect trip for the curious traveler who wants to see the magic of the Amazonian jungle, learn about indigenous communities, and experience history in the UNESCO-listed city of Quito. Zipline between trees through the rainforest, drink Wayusa with the Kichwa locals and shop for local crafts at the Otavalo Market.

Embark on a luxury cruise through Ecuador's rainforest
Map of Amazon Luxury Cruise & Galápagos Island Hopping - 10 Days
Amazon Luxury Cruise & Galápagos Island Hopping - 10 Days

Experience two of Ecuador's most remarkable ecosystems in style on this 10-day adventure. Starting from the capital of Quito, set off into the wilds of the Amazon and board a three-night luxury river cruise through Yasuni National Park. Spot primates, parrots, and piranhas as you explore the rainforest by kayak and on foot, returning to the comfort of your ship each evening. Then, it's time to switch gears and fly to the Galápagos for an itinerary of island hopping, snorkeling, and wildlife encounters.

Sea Lions Playing
Map of Best of Ecuador: Quito, Mindo Cloud Forest, & the Galapagos Islands - 10 Days
Best of Ecuador: Quito, Mindo Cloud Forest, & the Galapagos Islands - 10 Days

Ecuador is famous for many ecological and cultural highlights, and you'll get to visit two—Quito and the Galapagos 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 Galapagos, where you'll spend four days relaxing on sunny beaches, visiting uninhabited islands, and looking for rare and endemic animals. 

Cotopaxi, an active volcano in the Andes Mountains, Ecuador
Highlights of Ecuador: Quito, Galapagos Islands & More - 10 Days

The incredible diversity of Ecuador is highlighted on this 10-day trip around the country. Tour the colonial center of Quito and hike to Cotopaxi Volcano in the Andes before venturing into the Amazon to explore the rainforest's wildlife and indigenous culture. Then it's off to the Galapagos for a few days of island exploration, including snorkeling, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Spotting penguins and giant tortoises in their natural habitats is an unforgettable way to finish this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Explore the incredible ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands with your family
Map of Family Adventure in Ecuador: Quito, Baños & the Galápagos Islands - 10 Days
Family Adventure in Ecuador: Quito, Baños & the Galápagos Islands - 10 Days

Pack your family's bags for an unforgettable introduction to Ecuador. This 10-day kid-friendly tour combines Quito's cultural and culinary highlights, the waterfalls of Baños, and, of course, the nature-lovers trip of a lifetime—the Galápagos Islands. Get to know this fascinating country as you tour magnificent buildings, cook with the locals, and explore its natural beauty via sailing, snorkeling, and hiking—the perfect adventure to nurture a sense of wonder in your family.

Take memorable day trips outside of Quito—like a ziplining adventure in the Mindo cloud forest
Map of Easy Ecuador for Families: Quito & Surroundings - 10 Days
Easy Ecuador for Families: Quito & Surroundings - 10 Days

This relaxed 10-day family itinerary bases you in Ecuador's vibrant capital of Quito, where you can settle in and explore the surrounding countryside with easy day trips and fun-filled adventures. Roll up your sleeves for a kid-friendly cooking class, live the life of an Ecuadorian cowboy with a horseback ride through Cotopaxi National Park, and fly through the cloud forests of Mindo via zipline. End your tour by biking through Quito's historic neighborhoods and reaching new heights on the TelefériQo cable car.

Experience wildlife close up with the kids on the Galápagos Islands
Map of Ecuador Family Wildlife Adventure: Amazon Rainforest & Galápagos Islands  - 10 Days
Ecuador Family Wildlife Adventure: Amazon Rainforest & Galápagos Islands - 10 Days

Explore two of the world's most diverse wildlife destinations in one trip! This 10-day itinerary will take your family through the wonders of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest and the Galapágos Islands, with a couple of nights in high-altitude Quito to boot. You and the kids will get up close to macaws, giant tortoises, and sea lions in their natural habitats, experience both traditional life in the Amazon and Quito's city style, and learn about one of the frontiers of science and conservation research.

Soar over mountainsides in Ecuador's "Adventure Capital" of Baños
Map of Mainland Ecuador for Families: Andes to the Amazon - 10 Days
Mainland Ecuador for Families: Andes to the Amazon - 10 Days

Active families can experience the best of Ecuador's great outdoors on this 10-day itinerary that takes you from the Andes to the Amazon. Start in Quito with a walking tour and family cooking class, then set off into Cotopaxi National Park, where the kids will channel their inner adventurer with horseback riding and high ropes courses at a local hacienda. See dramatic waterfalls and the world's most famous treehouse in Baños, venture deep into the Amazon for two nights at an incredible ecolodge, and wrap things up with a dip in the natural hot springs of Papallacta.

Enjoy boat trips and snorkeling excursions along Ecuador's beautiful coast
Map of Ecuador's Pacific Coast for Families: Culture, Nature & Beaches - 10 Days
Ecuador's Pacific Coast for Families: Culture, Nature & Beaches - 10 Days

This family tour of Ecuador showcases the country's wild Pacific coast with an itinerary full of nature, beaches, and kid-friendly adventure. Start in the colorful port of Guayaquil to see historic landmarks and basking land iguanas, and head north to Manta for snorkeling, whale watching, and a trip to the Pacoche Wildlife Reserve. Take to the high seas in Puerto López with sailing and fishing day trips, then learn about Indigenous Ecuadorian culture with a visit to the local Agua Blanca community.

Explore Ecuador's natural wonders by day and return to your luxury hacienda in the evening (photo courtesy of Luna Volcán)
Map of Luxury Hacienda Hop Around Ecuador's Mountains & Coast - 10 Days
Luxury Hacienda Hop Around Ecuador's Mountains & Coast - 10 Days

Venture into the wilds of Ecuador on a journey that will take you from highland volcanoes to the Pacific coast, stopping at historic cities and ancient ruins in between. Stay in first-class haciendas as you visit the museums of Quito, followed by horseback rides near Cotopaxi volcano. Then stroll the cobbled streets of historic Cuenca and hike around the pre-Inca ruins of Ingapirca before lapping up ranch-style luxury living in Guayaquil.

Travel in style as you explore the Galápagos (photo courtesy of M/C Elite)
Map of Luxury Cruising in the Galápagos & Ecuadorian Amazon - 10 Days
Luxury Cruising in the Galápagos & Ecuadorian Amazon - 10 Days

The Galápagos Islands and Amazon rainforest are two of South America's most biodiverse regions—and you'll see them in style over 10 packed days. It's a grand Ecuadorian adventure starting in the islands, where you'll alternate between excursions on land and time enjoying the scenery from the deck of your luxury cruiser. Then, trade the ocean for the jungle as you head into the Amazon for nature hikes, swimming with river dolphins, cooking classes with Indigenous communities, and more.

Stay in luxury accommodation nestled within the rainforest (photo courtesy of Mashpi Lodge)
Map of Luxury Ecuador Adventure: Amazon, Cloud Forest & Highlands - 10 Days
Luxury Ecuador Adventure: Amazon, Cloud Forest & Highlands - 10 Days

The highlands, the Amazon, and the cloud forests—explore these natural wonders by day while staying in some of Ecuador's most scenic spots without skimping on luxury. You'll start by hitting the highlights of the capital city, Quito, then venture deep into the Amazon for three days of exotic nature excursions. Experience a different ecosystem altogether as you do some birding in the cloud forests of Mashpi, then wrap everything up with some luxury glamping near the volcanoes of Cotopaxi.

Combine luxury accommodation and Ecuador's stunning natural wonders on your 10 day tour (photo courtesy of Luna Volcán Adventure Spa)
Map of Luxury Voyage into Ecuador's Highlands & Rainforest - 10 Days
Luxury Voyage into Ecuador's Highlands & Rainforest - 10 Days

Cover two of Ecuador's most scenic and biodiverse regions on this 10-day tour suited for outdoor adventurers who like a touch of luxury. Stay in 5-star hotels in Quito as you explore the capital's Spanish colonial center before hitting the road through the highlands, stopping to hike around volcanoes and waterfalls. Then, travel deep into the Amazon, where, along with naturalist guides, you'll go on nature hikes to spot the rainforest's most famous residents, including parrots, monkeys, and jaguars.

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