Ecuador 8-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 9 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Ecuador.
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Tiny tortoises of the Santa Cruz breeding center
Map of Quito & the Galápagos Islands - 8 Days
Quito & the Galápagos Islands - 8 Days

See contrasting sides of Ecuador on this eight-day islands-and-city adventure. Discover the astonishing biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands, where you'll meet playful sea lions, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises during stays on San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz. The country's capital, Quito, sandwiches your island time—your springboard to discover Indigenous and colonial culture and the surrounding volcanic Andes.

The road leading to Cotopaxi
Map of Trekking Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes - 8 Days
Trekking Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes - 8 Days

This eight-day trekking adventure delivers the highlights of the Ecuadorian Andes as you explore stunning landscapes, secluded villages, and the famous peaks along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Hike along narrow mountain trails in the heart of the Andes as you make your way up the Quilotoa and Chimborazo volcanoes. Swim in the icy waters of Lake Quilotoa, then relax in the natural hot springs at Baños.

Vicuñas in front of Mount Chimborazo
Map of Best of Ecuador: Quito, Quilotoa, Baños, Cuenca & Guayaquil - 8 Days
Best of Ecuador: Quito, Quilotoa, Baños, Cuenca & Guayaquil - 8 Days

Experience the incredible Andes mountain range on this eight-day tour of Ecuador. Ride the Devil's Nose vertiginous train track, hike up volcanoes, kayak on a crater lake, and see Inca ruins. You'll also explore several high-altitude cities, including the capital, Quito, and colonial Cuenca. With plentiful guided activities, private transfers, and four to five-star hotels with breakfasts, this trip is the perfect mix of adventure and comfort.

Explore Ecuador's Mindo Cloud Forest and see wildlife like dazzling hummingbirds
Map of Discover Ecuador's Cultural Highlights & Natural Wonders: Quito, Cotopaxi & Baños - 8 Days
Discover Ecuador's Cultural Highlights & Natural Wonders: Quito, Cotopaxi & Baños - 8 Days

Experience Ecuador's natural wonders beyond the lively capital city Quito on this eight-day discovery tour. Before heading into the wilderness, you'll base yourself mostly in Quito, exploring its museums, architecture, and cuisine. Take a day trip to the sapphire waters of Cuicocha Lagoon, shop for handicrafts in Otavalo Market, and hike amid the cloud forests of Mindo. Transfer to Cotopaxi National Park, sleep in a traditional hacienda, and have fun in Baños—Ecuador's adventure capital.

Go whitewater rafting in Eduador
Map of Epic Ecuador Multi-Sport Tour - 8 Days
Epic Ecuador Multi-Sport Tour - 8 Days

This active tour of the Ecuadorian mainland is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. In just over a week you'll enjoy adventures on both land and water. Brave the rapids of the Río Jatunyacu, cycle down the slopes of the Andes, hike through virgin rainforest to secluded waterfalls, trek to the shores of Cuicocha Lagoon, and soak in Papallacta's volcanic springs.

A rainbow over the Pailón del Diablo waterfall in Baños
Map of Ecuador's Natural Wonders & Historic Haciendas - 8 Days
Ecuador's Natural Wonders & Historic Haciendas - 8 Days

Staying in a hacienda has become a must for any trip to the Ecuadorian Andes. On this eight-day adventure, you'll discover historic farmhouses dating back to the 16th century, lovingly restored into first-class hotels. Start in Quito and uncover its colonial past, then hike along Cucicocha Lagoon before pampering your body at Papallacta Spa. Explore Cotopaxi National Park and take a horseback ride at sunset. Finally, it's water galore as you enjoy hot springs, thermal baths, and waterfalls in Baños.

Discover the waddling blue-footed boobies in the Galápagos Islands
Map of Highlights of Quito, the Andes & the Galápagos Islands - 8 Days
Highlights of Quito, the Andes & the Galápagos Islands - 8 Days

Explore Ecuador's diverse beauty during this eight-day adventure from mountains to islands. Start among the Andes in Quito, where you'll learn about its traditional food and colonial Old Town. Head into nature to hike in Cotopaxi National Park and see its active volcano, then hop over to the Galápagos Islands. Get up close to the giant tortoises on Isla Santa Cruz, spot rare marine life as you kayak along Tortuga Bay, then spend some downtime swimming, snorkeling, or just lazing on the beach.

Relax on Los Frailes beach (Playa Los Frailes) in Manabi, a protected area located in Machalilla National Park of Ecuador
Map of Nature & Culture in Ecuador: Quito, Manta & Puerto López - 8 Days
Nature & Culture in Ecuador: Quito, Manta & Puerto López - 8 Days

Visit Ecuador's capital and its scenic coastline on this eight-day trip. Begin in Quito and soak in the local culture with a city tour, a cooking class, and a visit to the equator. Take a day trip for a lakeside hike and some shopping at traditional markets, then bathe in the hot springs at Papallacta. Next, fly to Manta and enjoy a boat tour of the bay, transferring a few hours south to Puerto López to spot wildlife on a sailing excursion and night dive, and finish the trip with a kite surfing lesson.

Take in views of Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano from the hiking trail
Map of Culture & Outdoor Adventure in Ecuador - 8 Days
Culture & Outdoor Adventure in Ecuador - 8 Days

Explore Ecuador's cultural highlights and outdoor landscapes on this action-packed eight-day itinerary. Begin in Quito with a city tour and a cooking class, then bargain for traditional crafts in the famed Otavalo Market. Discover the Amazonian rainforest, including an Indigenous community, when you arrive at a jungle lodge by boat. Finish with a hike near Baños and a quick visit to Cotopaxi National Park.

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