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Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Quito
Ecuador’s most culturally rich city, Quito is packed with attractions, from impressive archeological museums to hilltop viewpoints high above the metropolis. Not to be missed is Quito’s old center, a Unesco World Heritage site dotted with colonial mansions and gilded churches, some of which date back to the 16th century. High-quality lodging options and some of the country’s best restaurants make Quito an excellent base before or after visiting other parts of the country. 

City tours take you to key landmarks in Quito, like La Compañia, a gold-filled Jesuit church that took over 160 years to complete. Just north of the city, the Inti Ñan museum, which lies near the equator line, has interactive exhibits and demonstrations on water and energy. You can also learn about Andean culinary techniques during a private cooking class.
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Quito's Old Town is full of towers and spires
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Even if you have just 24 hours, your time in the Ecuadorian capital will be special. On this thrilling one-day itinerary, you'll take a trip on one of the most magical cable cars on the planet, wander through some of South America's best museums, and indulge in Ecuador's famous coffee and chocolate.

Enjoy your time exploring Quito
The 9 Best Boutique Hotels in Quito

There is something for everybody in Quito, and a hotel for every taste and sensibility. Top neighborhoods include the historic center and hip La Floresta. English is largely spoken at these hotels, with an attuned staff that understands foreign tourists' unique needs and expectations. Street noise can be a challenge in some places. If you're a light sleeper, request an interior room; earplugs are always a good idea. WiFi and breakfasts are pretty much standard.

Quito Itineraries

Wildlife in the Galapagos
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Ecuador Highlights: Quito & the Galapagos - 6 Days

See the highlights of Quito and the Galapagos Islands on this short itinerary. Start out in the city, touring the capital and its surrounding region to experience local history and culture. You'll see colonial architecture, visit an indigenous market, and try traditional cuisine. From here, catch a short flight to the Galapagos Islands. These famed islands provided Charles Darwin with the research and inspiration for his Theory of Evolution, and boast endemic species such as the blue-footed booby, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises.

Local Quito store
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Ecuador History, Culture & Nature: Quito & Surroundings - 5 Days

This short but extensive itinerary brings you into the very heart of the Ecuadorian capital and its surroundings. You will tour Quito's beautifully preserved historic center to see fine examples of colonial architecture, learn about history and culture at the Ethnographic Museum, and enjoy the best panoramic view of the city. The adventure continues north of Quito in Otavalo and Cotacachi, renowned for their local crafts. Finally, take a day-trip to Cotopaxi National Park—its namesake volcano is one of Ecuador's most famous natural landmarks.

Quito's Historic center
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Explore Quito: History, Culture, & Volcanoes - 5 Days

If you want to experience the best that Ecuador has to offer but don't have time to wander far, this 5-day trip is full of adventures. Explore Quito—the site of the equatorial line, historic downtown, and ethnographic museums—then head out of the city to stretch your legs on the hiking trails. You'll hike on two nearby volcanoes, look for rare wildlife, and breathe in the fresh Andes mountain air. 

Check out Quito's Carolina Park on a cycling tour of the city
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Off the-Beaten-Path Adventure in Quito - 6 Days

Learn to dance salsa, cruise around colorful streets on a bicycle, and sample Ecuadorian craft beers on this lively six-day exploration of Quito. Though the itinerary features a classic city tour and time to explore the historic center, this urban adventure also takes you off the beaten path to taste locally produced chocolates, hike around a crater, and learn about agave cultivation in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Sample street food on this family-friendly introduction to Quito
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Easy Ecuador for Families: Quito & Surroundings - 7 Days

If rushing around with small kids in tow doesn't sound like your idea of fun, you're in luck—this weeklong family vacation bases you in Quito so you can see the best of Ecuador's capital and its surroundings at a gentler pace. Little ones can sample tasty snacks on a street food tour, ride a cable car up volcanic slopes, and get their hands dirty with a family cooking class. When you feel like escaping the city, fun-filled day trips to the Mindo Cloud Forest, Cotopaxi, and the Papallacta hot springs await.

Enjoy meeting the "locals" with your family as you arrive to the Galápagos Islands
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Ecuador Family Highlights: Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 7 Days

Check off two of Ecuador's most iconic locales on this memorable seven-day family adventure. Learn about Quito's colonial past on a kid-friendly private walking experience around the city center, and straddle two hemispheres at the interactive site of Mitad del Mundo. Then it's off to the Galápagos for four glorious days of nature, wildlife, and beaches—as you make family memories with kayaking, snorkeling, and boating trips around Isla San Cristóbal and Isla Santa Cruz.

Take memorable day trips outside of Quito—like a ziplining adventure in the Mindo cloud forest
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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.

Get plenty of time to explore Quito's well-preserved historic center
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Quito: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Ecuador typically plan a trip for seven to eight days when combining Quito with another stop like Isla San Cristóbal, Puerto Ayora, or Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. If you're only headed to Quito, you can enjoy a comfortably paced trip in five to seven days. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as four days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Quito and beyond.

 Look for rare bird species like the red-footed booby in Isla San Cristobal
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Quito & Isla San Cristóbal: Best Itinerary Ideas

Eight to nine days is the most popular trip length for Ecuador travelers interested in visiting both Quito and Isla San Cristóbal, especially when also including Puerto Ayora. If you're not interested in Puerto Ayora, seven to 10 days is enough for your Quito and Isla San Cristóbal trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as five or six days. Check out our favorite Quito and Isla San Cristóbal trips below.

Spend part of your trip in Puerto Villamil on Isla Isabela in the Galapagos
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Quito, Puerto Ayora, Isla San Cristóbal & Puerto Villamil: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 10 to 13 days is perfect for a well-paced Ecuador trip with stops in Quito, Puerto Ayora, Isla San Cristóbal, and Puerto Villamil. It's also possible to hit the highlights in eight or nine days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Baños, Cotopaxi, and Yasuni National Park. See more ideas for Quito, Puerto Ayora, Isla San Cristóbal, and Puerto Villamil itineraries below.

Look for blue-footed boobies in Puerto Villamil
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Quito, Puerto Ayora & Puerto Villamil: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that eight to 10 days is perfect for a well-paced Ecuador trip with stops in Quito, Puerto Ayora, and Puerto Villamil. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in six or seven days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region, like Isla San Cristóbal or Yasuni National Park. See more ideas for Quito, Puerto Ayora, and Puerto Villamil itineraries below.

Go swimming off the coast of Puerto Ayora on Isla Santa Cruz
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Quito & Puerto Ayora: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting both Quito and Puerto Ayora spend about eight to nine days in Ecuador, which usually includes some time in Isla San Cristóbal and Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve as well. If you're not interested in extending your itinerary, seven to nine days is enough for your Quito and Puerto Ayora trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as five or six days. For the best itineraries, including Quito and Puerto Ayora, keep reading below.

Discover the waddling blue-footed boobies in the Galápagos Islands
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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.

Explore the incredible ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands with your family
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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.

Explore Ecuador's Mindo Cloud Forest and see wildlife like dazzling hummingbirds
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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.

Family hiking on North Seymour Island in the Galápagos
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Family Trip to Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands - 14 Days

Spend two weeks with the family, beginning in colonial Quito. Ascend to the top of a volcano by cable car and bond over a cooking class. Then, a nature hike through misty cloud forests sets the stage for your great Galápagos adventure. Here, you'll cruise the archipelago by speedboat, snorkel with sea lions, and visit uninhabited islands. Other memorable experiences the whole family will love include visiting giant tortoises, hiking up a volcano, and lazing on white-sand beaches.

Cotopaxi National Park
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Ecuadorian Adventure in Quito: Otavalo, Cotopaxi, & Cloud Forest - 7 Days

Use Ecuador's capital as your base for this adventure-packed, weeklong trip. Explore Quito's colonial past and visit the equator line, head to the lush Mindo Cloud Forest to see its incredible diversity of wildlife, and browse local markets for handmade art and handicrafts. No trip to Ecuador would be complete without a visit to one of the country's volcanos, and you'll get to hike two: Quilotoa and Cotopaxi. 

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. 

Snowy massif
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Hiking in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador - 7 Days

Ecuador is famous for its snow-capped volcanoes and UNESCO historic sites, and you'll get to visit both on this 7-day itinerary. In Quito, visit colonial churches, stand on both hemispheres at the Middle of the World, and hike the nearby  Ruco Pichincha Volcano. You'll also hike the Pasochoa Volcano, admire the scenery in Cotopaxi, and browse for gifts at mountain markets. 

Spot irridescent hummingbirds among the diverse birdlife of Mindo
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Wonders of Ecuador & Peru: Quito, Baños, Guayaquil, Lima & Cusco - 11 Days

Enjoy the highlights of Ecuador and Peru as you revel in their natural wonders and ancient civilizations. Starting in Quito, venture into the cloud forests of Mindo to discover diverse flora and fauna, and meet friendly alpacas as you hike along Quilotoa Lagoon. Get your adrenaline pumping with waterfalls and canyoning near Baños, then hop over to Peru to cap off the trip with tours of Lima and Cusco—ending with a visit to the mighty Macchu Picchu and a trek up the colorful Rainbow Mountain.

Sail around iconic Kicker Rock in the Galápagos
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Discover Mainland Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands - 12 Days

Welcome to the greatest show on Earth: the Galápagos Islands' showcase of incredible biodiversity. On this 12-day tour, a mix of guided activities and time to explore independently will help you get the most from this life-changing destination. Snorkel with sea lions, come face-to-face with giant tortoises, and cycle among marine iguanas. There's time on the mainland, too, where you'll get to know the Ecuadorian capital of Quito and take a day trip into the cloud forests of Mindo.

 Lake Quilotoa in Cotopaxi National Park
Map of Culture, Nature & Adventure: Quito, Mindo & Cotopaxi - 6 Days
Culture, Nature & Adventure: Quito, Mindo & Cotopaxi - 6 Days

Offering a mix of culture, nature, and adventure, this six-day journey around Ecuador takes you from the busy streets of Quito to the snow-capped peaks of Cotopaxi National Park. Stand on the line of the equator and learn to cook Ecuadorian dishes, then venture into the Mindo Cloud Forest for an unforgettable hike. Spend the last full day of the trip on a horseback excursion around the volcanoes and lagoons of Cotopaxi.

Jose Rivas refuge on the slopes of Cotopaxi
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Hiking in Ecuador's Highlands - 11 Days

Experience the rugged beauty of the Ecuadorian Andes firsthand and hike through the country's most famous active and dormant volcanoes on this 11-day itinerary. Get your bearings in Quito, exploring the capital city's historic center, before taking on high-altitude hikes in Antisana National Park and Cotopaxi National Park, among other reserves. Visit crater lakes and frosty peaks before spending a day unwinding in Papallacta's hot springs.

Sweeping views of Ilinizas Nature Reserve and Quilotoa Lake
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Active Cultural Adventure: Quito & Cotopaxi - 6 Days

There's no need to choose between cultural exploration and outdoor thrills on a trip to Ecuador—this six-day itinerary offers both! Base yourself in Quito as you get to know the capital city, day-tripping to Papallacta to soak in thermal waters. Then ride a cable car high into the mountains to hike Rucu Pichincha Volcano. Finish the trip with a trek to the summit of a volcanic mountain and a brief exploration of Cotopaxi National Park.

Cotopaxi volcano eruption and Panecillo's Madona seen from Quito, Ecuador
Map of Highlights of the Ecuadorian Highlands - 11 Days
Highlights of the Ecuadorian Highlands - 11 Days

Experience the wonder of volcanic landscapes and centuries-old architecture during this 11-day itinerary in Ecuador's highlands. Visit crater lakes, hot springs, and waterfalls in the páramo climate of the Ecuadorian Andes. Along the way, stop in metropolises like Quito and Cuenca to visit exceptionally well-preserved colonial buildings and the most extensive pre-Columbian ruins in the country.

Relax on Los Frailes beach (Playa Los Frailes) in Manabi, a protected area located in Machalilla National Park of Ecuador
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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.

Sea Lions Playing
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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. 

Spot rare birds like the plate-billed mountain toucan in Mindo's cloud forest
Map of Ecuador's Wildlife, Volcanoes & Rainforests - 12 Days
Ecuador's Wildlife, Volcanoes & Rainforests - 12 Days

Bird and nature lovers can observe wildlife like never before on this 12-day trip through the Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon. Start in Quito to learn about its rich culture, then head for fresher air in the bird-watching heaven of Mindo's cloud forests, where you'll hike and spot the most elusive feathered creatures in the rainforest. Cross the highlands to hike Cuicocha Lagoon and Cotopaxi National Park, then journey into the rainforest as you explore Archidona's canyons, rivers, and waterfalls.

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.

Baby Alpaca
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Multi Country South America Adventure: Ecuador & Peru - 14 Days

Experience the best of Ecuador's mainland and Peru's highlights on this two-week trip. Start in Quito to tour the UNESCO-designated city center, then head to the Amazon for cultural experiences with the Kichwa indigenous community, wildlife viewing, and a peaceful rainforest atmosphere. Return to Quito by way of Cotopaxi National Park, home to the eponymous volcano. Then, catch a flight to Lima—the urban hub of Peru. End the trip with a visit to Cusco's pre-Inca ruins and a tour of the Sacred Valley and imperial Machu Picchu residence.

Hoatzin in Yasuni National Park
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Nature & Culture in Ecuador: Quito and the Amazon Rainforest - 7 Days

If you want to visit Ecuador but can't decide between city or rainforest life, this itinerary has the best of both worlds. Start in Quito to see colonial churches and visit the equatorial line, then head to the Amazon rainforest. Spend three days in Yasuni National Park relaxing at an ecolodge, panning for gold in a stream, and learning to make chocolate the authentic way. 

A beach on Bartolomé Island in the Galapagos
Ecuadorian Highlands & Galapagos Islands Adventure - 14 Days

This sweeping two-week adventure showcases the diversity of Ecuador. From busy marketplaces in the city to thermal baths in the highlands, from peaceful bays in the Galapagos to the lush landscapes of the cloud forest, this itinerary has something for everyone. Highlights include hiking in Cotopaxi National Park, shopping in Otavalo Market, sightseeing in the bustling city of Quito, and snorkeling and swimming around the gorgeous islands of the Galapagos archipelago.

Head into the Ecuadorian Amazon near Tena for wildlife-spotting and rainforest adventures
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Family Fun in Ecuador: Quito, Baños & Tena - 7 Days

You can pack a lot of adventure into a week in Ecuador, and this family-friendly itinerary does just that as it takes you from high-altitude Quito to the Amazon rainforest. Active kids and parents will love hiking the Andean highlands in Cotopaxi National Park, chasing waterfalls around Baños, riding a boat to your remote ecolodge in the Amazon, meeting the local wildlife at a jungle sanctuary, and much more.

Spot colorful toucans on a wildlife hike
Map of Diverse Ecuador: Andes, Amazon & Galápagos - 11 Days
Diverse Ecuador: Andes, Amazon & Galápagos - 11 Days

Experience unique wildlife and cultural heritage on this 11-day tour of Ecuador's natural wonders. After touching down in its charming, vibrant capital of Quito, you'll head out on an expedition to see the birds in the Mindo Cloud Forest. Then it's on to the picturesque crater lake of Quilotoa. The Amazon rainforest is next to spot monkeys, toucans, and sloths; then, you'll fly to San Cristóbal Island in the beautiful Galápagos Islands for snorkeling and bird-watching.

Enjoy an outing snorkeling around Kicker Rock
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Highlights of Ecuador & the Galápagos: Quito, Baños, Archidona & San Cristóbal - 9 Days

Explore the Ecuadorian mainland and see the spectacular wildlife of the Galápagos, all in one trip. Begin in Quito, where you'll tour the city, visit a monument marking the equator, and take a cooking class. Go hiking at Quilotoa Lagoon, then transfer to Baños for waterfalls, hot springs, and outdoor sports. Trek through the jungle and learn about Indigenous communities near Archidona, then finish your trip on Isla San Cristóbal, where you'll go snorkeling and get to know the Galápagos' natural wonders.

 Divide your time between the city of Quito and nearby volcanoes in Cotopaxi National Park
Map of Quito & Cotopaxi: Best Itinerary Ideas
Quito & Cotopaxi: Best Itinerary Ideas

Seven to eight days is the most popular trip length for Ecuador travelers interested in visiting both Quito and Cotopaxi, especially when also including Baños or Archidona. If you're not interested in Baños, five to seven days is enough for your Quito and Cotopaxi trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as four days. For the best itineraries, including Quito and Cotopaxi, keep reading below.

End your trip with a four-night cruise through the Galápagos Archipelago
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Ecuador Cruise Adventure: Quito to the Amazon & the Galápagos - 14 Days

Combine cultural sightseeing with two bucket-list nature cruises for the ultimate two-week adventure in Ecuador. You'll start in Quito, with day trips to Mindo and Otavalo, then journey deep into Yasuní National Park for a multi-day cruise through the Amazon rainforest. Fly to the Galápagos for another four nights of cruising to uninhabited islands and unspoiled beaches—witnessing volcanic landscapes and remarkable wildlife as you explore the hidden corners of this biodiverse paradise.

Travel to a rainforest lodge for family hikes, canoeing, and wildlife spotting in the Ecuadorian Amazon
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Ecuadorian Amazon & Quito Family Adventure - 7 Days

Young explorers and aspiring adventurers will love this family-friendly itinerary that takes you from the high-altitude capital of Quito to the biodiverse rainforests of Yasuní National Park. Head deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon for three nights in a jungle lodge, where kids can spot remarkable wildlife like monkeys, otters, and parrots. Broaden their horizons with visits to the local Indigenous community, then fly back to Quito for kid-friendly museums and a scenic cable car ride over the capital.

Experience wildlife close up with the kids on the Galápagos Islands
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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.

Amazonian rainforest in Yasuní National Park
Map of Nature & Relaxation in Ecuador: National Parks, Waterfalls & Hot Springs - 9 Days
Nature & Relaxation in Ecuador: National Parks, Waterfalls & Hot Springs - 9 Days

Unplug and de-stress on this nature-filled, nine-day escape to Ecuador. Start in the capital of Quito for city sightseeing, then venture into the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforests of Yasuní National Park, where you'll meet the forest's traditional guardians and spot its spectacular wildlife. It's on to Cotopaxi National Park to see sweeping Andean grasslands by horseback, then wind your way along the dramatic Route of Waterfalls in Baños before ending your trip with a soak in the Papallacta hot springs.

Bird photography opportunities abound in the Galápagos
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Bird-watching & Nature Photography in the Galápagos - 6 Days

Bird-watching enthusiasts and photographers won't want to miss this thrilling six-day itinerary! After a day and night exploring the capital city of Quito, jet off to the Galápagos Islands for hiking, boating, and wildlife spotting. Snap photos of blue-footed boobies, get up close with giant tortoises, ride a speedboat and a yacht to various islands, and see unforgettable landscapes before returning to Ecuador's mainland.

Split your time between Ecuador's buzzing capital and the Amazon rainforest
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Quito & Yasuni National Park: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, six to eight days is the perfect amount of time for an Ecuador trip, with stops in both Quito and Yasuni National Park. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as five days. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil. Keep reading for more inspiring Quito and Yasuni National Park itineraries.

 Explore Ecuador's capital before jumping on a cruise in the Galápagos
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Quito & a Galápagos Cruise: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that seven to 10 days is perfect for a well-paced Ecuador trip that combines Quito and a Galápagos cruise. It's also possible to hit the highlights in five or six days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country. Get inspired with our trip ideas below.

Sunbathe with sea lions and other local residents when you stay on Isla San Cristobal
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Quito, Puerto Ayora, Yasuni National Park & Isla San Cristóbal: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 10 to 14 days is perfect for a well-paced Ecuador trip with stops in Quito, Puerto Ayora, Yasuni National Park, and Isla San Cristóbal. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—our favorite itinerary extension includes Puerto Villamil. See more ideas for Quito, Puerto Ayora, Yasuni National Park, and Isla San Cristóbal itineraries below.

Dancers in Ecuadorian traditional dress
Map of Mainland Ecuador for Families: Andes to the Amazon - 14 Days
Mainland Ecuador for Families: Andes to the Amazon - 14 Days

Compact but diverse, Ecuador is a perfect destination for an epic two-week family vacation. This fun-filled itinerary begins and ends in Quito, with adventures in the Andean highlands and the Amazon rainforest in between. Along the way, you'll keep the kids busy as you horseback ride at a hacienda in Cotopaxi National Park, brave suspension bridges over the waterfalls of Baños, spot monkeys and capybaras at your jungle ecolodge, and barter with the locals at the colorful markets of Otavalo.

See the majestic birds and butterflies that are Ecuador natives
Map of Ecuador Exploration: Quito & Central Andes  - 12 Days
Ecuador Exploration: Quito & Central Andes - 12 Days

Discover Ecuador's high-altitude volcanic landscapes, vibrant markets, and urban energy on this 12-day tour. In Quito, ride a cable car for views above one of the highest cities in the world, and shop for essential ingredients to make the country's flavorful dishes. Hike around a volcano in Cotopaxi National Park and soak in mineral-rich waters and swing over "The End of the World" in Baños de Agua Santa. End with a chocolate tour in Mindo to take home a sweet Ecuador souvenir.

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.

Tungurahua
Map of Ecuador Adventure Tour: Quito to Yacuma Natural Reserve, Baños & Riobamba - 15 Days
Ecuador Adventure Tour: Quito to Yacuma Natural Reserve, Baños & Riobamba - 15 Days

Explore active volcanoes, spot colorful birds, and capture stunning photos on this 15-day Ecuadorian adventure. Begin with a tour of Quito and a challenging hike up Volcán Pichincha, then head into the rainforest for some wildlife watching in Yacuma Natural Reserve. Climb to waterfalls in Baños, and transfer to Riobamba and Latacunga for more volcanic treks. Immerse yourself in nature in Cotopaxi National Park and Antisana Ecological Reserve, then wind down in Papallacta's natural hot springs.

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.

See colorful macaws in the Amazon
Map of Discover Ecuador From the Amazon to the Galápagos - 15 Days
Discover Ecuador From the Amazon to the Galápagos - 15 Days

Nature lovers will adore this journey through Ecuador, which takes you to the Amazon rainforest and the Galápagos Islands. Start in Quito, where you'll tour the city, take a cooking class, and visit the equator. Take a day trip to an Indigenous market and volcanic crater lake, then head into the Amazon for some wildlife spotting and a visit to a Kichwa community. Return to Quito and fly to the Galápagos, where you'll see giant turtles, snorkel with marine wildlife, try paddleboarding, and hike up a volcano.

Mindo cloud forest at sunrise in fog and mist, Mindo, Ecuador
Map of Nature & National Parks in Ecuador - 11 Days
Nature & National Parks in Ecuador - 11 Days

Spend 11 days exploring the biodiverse landscapes of Ecuador, from the Andes to the Amazon. Travel from Quito deep into the rainforest of Yasuní National Park for a chance to see parrots, monkeys, and other wildlife. Then, hop on a horse to explore Cotopaxi National Park, where you can find volcanic lakes and stunning views of the active volcano. Finally, unwind in Baños and Papallacta, watching the views from bubbling hot springs.

Hike the Pasochoa Volcano, a couple of hours south of Quito, Ecuador
Map of Hike, Rock Climb & Sightsee in Ecuador: Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños & Archidona - 11 Days
Hike, Rock Climb & Sightsee in Ecuador: Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños & Archidona - 11 Days

Outdoorsy types with a penchant for rock climbing will love this 11-day loop in Ecuador. The trip starts in Quito, the UNESCO-listed capital, where you'll tour the colonial sights and sample local cuisine, chocolate, and beer in one of the world's highest cities. Then head out into the great wilderness as you hike, boulder, rock climb, and paddle across a varied terrain peppered with volcanoes. Finish with two nights at an ecolodge in the rainforest to complete the adventure.

Hike the national parks and highlands of Ecuador
Map of Ecuador Multi-Sport Adventure in the Highlands - 11 Days
Ecuador Multi-Sport Adventure in the Highlands - 11 Days

Experience 11 days of adrenaline sports and adventure against the backdrop of Ecuador's most stunning natural highlights. Check off the key sites in Quito, and explore Cotopaxi National Park on foot and horseback. Trek to the turquoise waters of Quilotoa Lagoon, rappel down waterfalls in the canyons of Baños, and summit the crater volcano of Fuya Fuya, then celebrate your achievements and soothe your tired muscles with a soak in the hot springs of Papallacta.

Family adventures await in Ecuador
Map of Active Family Fun in Ecuador: Quito, Baños, Cuenca & Guayaquil - 14 Days
Active Family Fun in Ecuador: Quito, Baños, Cuenca & Guayaquil - 14 Days

This two-week family adventure starts in Quito, Ecuador's capital city. Explore local cuisine in a family cooking class, climb volcanic slopes via cable car, then depart for Baños, where you'll hike and bike to the Pailón del Diablo waterfall and relax in the town's healing hot springs. Continue to Cuenca for traditional pottery-making classes and hikes along the alpine lakes of El Cajas National Park, ending your tour in the vibrant city of Guayaquil with its stunning architecture, culture, and family parks.

Exploring scenic terrain with the family in the Galapagos Islands
Ecuador Family Trip: Quito, the Amazon & Galapagos Islands - 11 Days

From the colorful wildlife of the Amazon rainforest to the underwater playground of the Galapagos, this family-friendly journey around Ecuador offers adventure and education for all ages. Start in Quito, where you'll take a hands-on cooking class and set foot on both halves of the equator at Mitad del Mundo. Then delve into the Amazon rainforest, spotting exotic insects on a nighttime jungle tour and canoeing to a parrot habitat — bring your binoculars for the best views! Finish the itinerary in the Galapagos Islands with several days of wildlife viewing, snorkeling, and so much more. Keep your eyes open for giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies!

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.

Volcanic peaks and dense jungle near Macas
Map of Ecuador Glamping Adventure: Cities, Jungles & Highlands - 9 Days
Ecuador Glamping Adventure: Cities, Jungles & Highlands - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in Ecuador's natural splendors on this 9-day glamping adventure. From the capital of Quito to the depths of the Amazon and the volcanic slopes of the highlands, you'll spend your days hiking, kayaking, and rafting through breathtaking landscapes. Meanwhile, nights are spent close to nature in a series of unforgettable "glamorous camping" sites.

Soar over mountainsides on the "swing at the edge of the Earth" in Baños
Map of Ecuadorian Highlands & Amazon Rainforest Adventure - 12 Days
Ecuadorian Highlands & Amazon Rainforest Adventure - 12 Days

Discover the secrets of the Andes mountains and the Amazon rainforest on this 12-day adventure in Ecuador. Combining organized tours with independent exploration, halfway through the trip, you'll join a small group on a three-night rainforest escape to Itamandi Ecolodge. After jungle hikes, canoe rides, and Indigenous community visits, you'll walk among active volcanoes in the Andes, looking out for condors, wild horses, and alpacas at high-altitude lakes.

Enjoy the beaches of Ecuador
Map of The Real Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Amazon & Galapagos - 14 Days
The Real Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Amazon & Galapagos - 14 Days

Experience the cultural heritage and natural beauty of Ecuador over the course of two weeks. From the urban sprawl of Quito to the serene shores of the Galapagos and everything in between, this tour will span several diverse regions and truly open your eyes to one of South America's most fascinating countries.

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.

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.

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.

Flamingoes in the Galapagos
Map of Gems of Peru & Ecuador: From Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands - 12 Days
Gems of Peru & Ecuador: From Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands - 12 Days

Revel in cultural highlights and natural wonders on this 12-day trip from Peru to Ecuador. Discover colonial history and Inca ruins in Lima and Cusco, then climb Rainbow Mountain and experience the mighty Machu Picchu. Cross the border to Quito, where you'll learn about Ecuadorian cuisine and stand at the equator's center. Finally, head to the Galápagos Islands, where you'll spend five glorious days observing intriguing wildlife and stunning scenery as you sail, swim, and snorkel.

Relax on the beaches of the Galápagos Islands
Map of Wild Ecuador: Quito, the Amazon & Galápagos Islands - 9 Days
Wild Ecuador: Quito, the Amazon & Galápagos Islands - 9 Days

Discover a range of Ecuadorian destinations on this exciting nine-day adventure. You'll start with sightseeing and a cooking class in Quito, then venture into an Amazonian forest reserve to spot wildlife and learn about Indigenous traditions. Catch a flight to the Galápagos Islands, where you'll spend several days sailing, hiking, observing rare birds, cycling, and snorkeling. The journey ends when you return to the mainland.

Explore some of Ecuador's most spectacular waterfalls
Map of Ecuador Getaway: Quito, Baños & Archidona - 7 Days
Ecuador Getaway: Quito, Baños & Archidona - 7 Days

Escape from it all on this exhilarating seven-day journey through Ecuador. Start in the capital of Quito, which sits between two impressive mountain peaks. Take a road trip to Baños to follow the Avenue of Waterfalls along the Río Pastaza, relax in the natural hot springs, and observe the active volcano of Tungurahua. Continue to Archidona for two nights in a rainforest lodge, with canoeing and wildlife-spotting in a lush biosphere reserve.

Take a memorable ride on the Swing at the End of the World
Map of Ecuador Adventure in the Andes & Amazon - 7 Days
Ecuador Adventure in the Andes & Amazon - 7 Days

This active and incredibly scenic tour hones in on Ecuador's distinct landscapes. Kick off the adventure in Quito where you'll meet your guide, and then head south creating a simple loop through the Andean highlands and Amazon rainforest, exploring volcanoes, caves, and waterfalls along the way. You'll also participate in hiking, canyoning, and river rafting—with plenty of free time to chill and enjoy the tasty cuisine (and chocolate) along the way.

Boating in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Map of Outdoor Adventures in Ecuador: Quito, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve & the Galápagos - 12 Days
Outdoor Adventures in Ecuador: Quito, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve & the Galápagos - 12 Days

Featuring activities from cycling to hiking to snorkeling, this exciting 12-day itinerary is perfect for outdoor adventurers. Discover Quito on a bike tour, then soak in the hot springs of Papallacta. Hike and canoe in the rainforest in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve before catching a flight to the Galápagos Islands. Spot giant tortoises in the wild, snorkel with sea lions, and explore an uninhabited island to end the trip.

On Isla Santa Cruz see iguanas relaxing in the sun
Map of Ecuador Expedition: From Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 13 Days
Ecuador Expedition: From Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 13 Days

This 13-day land, air, and sea tour offers the best of Ecuador's cities and natural wonders from Quito to the Galápagos Islands. Learn about Ecuadorian cuisine in Quito, explore the country's second-highest summit at Cotopaxi National Park, walk along Cuenca's cobblestone streets, and swim in Podocarpus National Park's waterfalls. Sail, snorkel, and kayak around the Galápagos Islands while spotting iguanas, sea turtles, and blue-footed boobies.

 Lace up your hiking boots when you visit Cotopaxi National Park
Map of Quito, Otavalo & Cotopaxi: Best Itinerary Ideas
Quito, Otavalo & Cotopaxi: Best Itinerary Ideas

Seven to eight days is the most popular trip length for Ecuador travelers interested in visiting Quito, Otavalo, and Cotopaxi, especially when also including time in another region. If you're not interested in extending your itinerary, six to seven days is enough for your Quito, Otavalo, and Cotopaxi trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as four or five days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Quito, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, and beyond.

School of Fish in the Galapagos
Map of Best of Ecuador: Quito, Amazon, Cotopaxi, & Galapagos  - 14 Days
Best of Ecuador: Quito, Amazon, Cotopaxi, & Galapagos - 14 Days

Experience the best of Ecuador while getting to know its three main ecological regions: the Amazon rainforest, volcano highlands, and Galapagos Islands on this 14-day itinerary. Start the trip in Quito to see the UNESCO designated colonial city center, then head to the rainforest for three days at an ecolodge. Hike near volcanic lagoons and browse mountain markets, then catch a flight to Santa Cruz for three days of exploring uninhabited islands and spotting endemic wildlife.

"Chagras" Cowboys in Cotopaxi National Park
Map of Trekking in Ecuador's Highlands: Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, & More - 14 Days
Trekking in Ecuador's Highlands: Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, & More - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring mountainous landscapes in a country that's equally famous for its volcanoes and rainforest. From Quito's colonial city center to the high-elevation hacienda refuge on Cotopaxi, you'll trek through historic sites and stunning nature. Spot rare Andean condors, haggle for goods at a mountain market, summit volcanoes, and more. 

A bird-watcher's paradise in Yasuní National Park
Map of Ecuador Wildlife & Bird-Watching Adventure: Cloud Forest, Rainforest & Andes - 15 Days
Ecuador Wildlife & Bird-Watching Adventure: Cloud Forest, Rainforest & Andes - 15 Days

Pack your binoculars and your sense of wonder for this 15-day journey from the Ecuadorian Andes to the Amazon rainforest and back. Start in Quito to discover its rich history and culture, then head to Yasuní National Park to observe biodiverse jungle life at a rainforest lodge. Continue to the cloud forests of Mindo, where avid bird-watchers can spot some of its 550 species alongside monkeys, butterflies, and waterfalls, then return to the capital to wind down with some relaxed city sightseeing.

Hike to volcanoes and lakes in the high alpine areas of the Ecuadorian Andes
Map of Hiking in the Ecuadorian Andes - 11 Days
Hiking in the Ecuadorian Andes - 11 Days

Kick off the 11-day hiking adventure with two days in sophisticated Quito, a UNESCO-listed city high in the mountains. Then set off to visit a range of trails toward stunning volcanoes, lakes, and national parks—plus a memorable waterfall—while staying in unique villages and towns along the way. Return to Quito to enjoy one more night in Ecuador's capital before departing.

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.

El Cajas National Park
Map of The Ecuadorian Andes to the Amazon - 15 Days
The Ecuadorian Andes to the Amazon - 15 Days

See Ecuador off the beaten path on this 15-day trip that takes you from the towering Andes to the edge of the Amazon. Visit the major sites of Quito as you discover its local cuisine, then hike and horseback ride through Cotopaxi National Park. Explore waterfalls near Baños before reaching Tena, where you'll float along the river through the Amazon rainforests. Discover the Andean hill towns of Cuenca, Gualaceo, and Chordeleg, and witness the ruins of Ingapirca and El Cajas National Park

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.

Volcano in Ecuador
Map of Ecuador Cities & Volcanoes: Quito to Cotopaxi - 12 Days
Ecuador Cities & Volcanoes: Quito to Cotopaxi - 12 Days

Visit the cities and volcanoes of beautiful Ecuador on this 12-day adventure. Start in the nation's capital, exploring its well-preserved colonial center and other cultural highlights. Then, head out on a busy tour through small towns like Cotacachi, enjoying several indigenous markets and villages along the way. You will also check off wondrous volcanoes like Pasachoa and Cotopaxi, as well as the unique paramo ecosystem of Chimborazo. The final leg of the trip takes you to Ecuador's lovely third city, Cuenca, before going full circle and ending in Quito again.

Sunset on the beach in Ayampe
Map of Exploring Ecuador: Andes, Rainforest & Pacific Coast - 12 Days
Exploring Ecuador: Andes, Rainforest & Pacific Coast - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary is a thrilling introduction to Ecuador's magnificent landscapes. Begin with sightseeing and a cooking class in Quito, then continue to the natural wonders of Baños and Cotopaxi National Park. Base yourself in Archidona, exploring waterfalls in the rainforest, before heading to the Pacific coast. Tour Guayaquil, learn to catch a wave in Ayampe, and visit a cocoa plantation to finish the adventure.

Río Napo in Ecuador
Map of Best of the Ecuadorian Amazon: 7 Days
Best of the Ecuadorian Amazon: 7 Days

Leave the cold climes of Quito and descend to the sinuous rivers and sticky jungle of the Ecuadorian Amazon, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth. On this 7-day itinerary, you will wildlife-spot along mighty waterways, climb into rainforest canopies, brave some of South America’s best white-water rapids and bathe in beautiful thermal pools. If you are set on exploring the Amazon, Ecuador is one of the best places to do it.

Monkey on tree trunk
Map of Ecuadorian Amazon Adventure: Yasuní National Park - 5 Days
Ecuadorian Amazon Adventure: Yasuní National Park - 5 Days

Go deep into one of the most biodiverse spots on earth, the Yasuní National Park. Located in the heart of the Amazon, you'll explore pristine forests, rivers and lagoons while keeping an eye out for different species of monkeys and birds, as well as endemic insects and plants. You'll also have the opportunity get to do a cultural exchange with the native Kichua people to learn about their history and culture.

Drive past a sheep farm near Chimborazo volcano
Map of Road Trip Through Ecuador - 13 Days
Road Trip Through Ecuador - 13 Days

Hit the road for this exciting self-drive adventure through Ecuador. The 13-day itinerary begins when you pick up your rental car at Quito's airport. Take side trips to Mitad del Mundo and Papallacta before continuing to the famous Otavalo Market to shop for handicrafts. Drive to Cotopaxi National Park and Baños for hikes and outdoor activities, then finish with sightseeing in Cuenca and coastal Guayaquil.

Colorful hummingbird in Ecuadorian forest
Map of Highlands of Ecuador - 5 Days
Highlands of Ecuador - 5 Days

This short itinerary is perfect for travelers who want a mix of cosmopolitan fun in Quito and adventure in the nearby cloud forests. Start with a walking tour of Quito's most striking historical sites and neighborhoods before taking a short drive to the cloud forest of Mindo where you can visit a butterfly farm, see how chocolate is made at a cacao hacienda. Then, explore the charming town of Otavalo and see the Peguche waterfall where ancient rituals still take place.

Colorful houses in Guayaquil
Map of Outdoor Adventure & Culture From Quito to Guayaquil  - 9 Days
Outdoor Adventure & Culture From Quito to Guayaquil - 9 Days

Discover Ecuador's breathtaking landscapes and colorful cultural traditions on this thrilling nine-day trip. Start with a tour of Quito, step on the equator at Mitad del Mundo, and dip in the thermal waters of Papallacta before continuing to Otavalo to shop for handicrafts and spend a day at a traditional hacienda. Explore Cotopaxi National Park and the Avenue of Volcanoes, then finish the adventure in the coastal city of Guayaquil.

Quilotoa Lagoon is a highlight of the trip
Map of Explore Mainland Ecuador: Quito to Guayaquil - 9 Days
Explore Mainland Ecuador: Quito to Guayaquil - 9 Days

Experience the best of Ecuador's mainland on this exciting nine-day itinerary. You'll kick off the trip in Quito with a city tour and a cooking class, then go horseback riding in Cotopaxi National Park. Base yourself in beautiful Baños, day-tripping to lagoons and waterfalls, before continuing to Chimborazo volcano and Cajas National Park. Finish the adventure with a guided exploration of coastal Guayaquil.

Spend a day hiking around the base of Ecuador's highest volcano: Chimborazo
Map of Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes: Quito to Guayaquil - 9 Days
Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcanoes: Quito to Guayaquil - 9 Days

This active adventure covers some of Ecuador's most famous peaks and staggering volcanoes, rising to 20,702 feet (6,310 m). Starting in Quito, one of the world's highest cities, you'll drive south along the Avenue of the Volcanoes to hike in national parks, visit archaeology ruins, and explore charming towns and cities dating to the 16th century. Head west to the Pacific Ocean and take a sunset stroll along Guayaquil's boardwalk to finish the adventure.

Cycle in the shadow of Cotopaxi
Map of Mainland Ecuador Multi-Sport Tour: Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños, Archidona & Papallacta - 9 Days
Mainland Ecuador Multi-Sport Tour: Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños, Archidona & Papallacta - 9 Days

Combine sightseeing with high-adrenaline adventures on this nine-day tour of mainland Ecuador. You'll acclimatize while touring Ecuador's capital, Quito, before biking in Cotopaxi National Park. Then transfer to Baños for hiking, kayaking, and canyoning. In Archidona, get your thrills whitewater rafting on the Río Jatunyaku before ending your tour soaking any aches away in the hot springs of Papallacta.

Artisan Market
Map of Culture & Nature in Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Amazon, Chimborazo, & Cotopaxi - 14 Days
Culture & Nature in Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Amazon, Chimborazo, & Cotopaxi - 14 Days

The landscapes of Ecuador's mainland are as varied as the people who live there, and you'll get to experience both nature and culture on this 14-day itinerary. Meet the locals who call these regions home and learn about their history, way of life and relationship to Ecuador's landscapes. From the Otavaleños and Afro-Ecuadorians in the north and the Quichua and Shuar in the rainforest to the Kichwa in the central Andes, you'll dive deep into everyday life and explore Ecuador's nature. 

Spot whales and search for buried treasure off Ecuador's Pacific coast
Map of Ultimate Ecuador Family Trip: From the Andes to the Pacific Coast - 14 Days
Ultimate Ecuador Family Trip: From the Andes to the Pacific Coast - 14 Days

If your family is having trouble deciding between a mountain or a beach-focused vacation, this two-week tour of Ecuador ticks both boxes. Starting in the high-altitude capital Quito, you'll embark on a kid-friendly adventure through the Andean highlands, skirting the edge of the Amazon rainforest in Baños before ending up on the Pacific coast for some beach time and wildlife-watching fun.

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.

Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon by canoe
Map of Ecuador's Pacific Coast to the Andes & Amazon - 15 Days
Ecuador's Pacific Coast to the Andes & Amazon - 15 Days

Ecuador boasts a wide variety of geographical regions, each with its own distinct landscapes and ecosystems. Spend 15 days exploring the country from the shores of the Isla de la Plata to the verdant rainforests of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Along the way, you'll hike past volcanoes, crater lakes, and Inca ruins in the highlands and visit some of Ecuador's largest cities, like Guayaquil and Quito.

Ziplining toward a waterfall near the town of Baños
Map of Ecuador Highlands & Amazon - 7 Days
Ecuador Highlands & Amazon - 7 Days

This action-packed seven-day tour of Ecuador is perfect for travelers searching for adventure, culture and spectacular scenery all within a few hours' drive from the capital Quito. The trip begins with a thrilling bike ride down an active volcano and continues with hikes in the cloud forest, a climb up a waterfall and visits to an indigenous community. There will be plenty of opportunities to unwind too, with stops at hot springs and a quiet, mountainside hacienda.

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.

Marvel at Chimborazo volcano from Riobamba
Map of Ecuador Cities, Mountains & Jungle - 9 Days
Ecuador Cities, Mountains & Jungle - 9 Days

Discover Ecuador's fascinating culture and magnificent wilderness on this nine-day journey that starts in Quito and ends in Guayaquil. Between exploring the monuments and marketplaces of two major cities, you'll go hiking and bird-watching in the Yacuma Natural Reserve, see Inca ruins at Ingapirca, visit waterfalls and volcanoes near Baños, see how the Panama hat is made in colonial Cuenca, and so much more.

Buy authentic souvenirs at the massive Otavalo Market
Map of Highlights of Northern Ecuador - 6 Days
Highlights of Northern Ecuador - 6 Days

Discover the best of Northern Ecuador on this diverse six-day itinerary. Offering a mix of outdoor adventures and cultural excursions, the trip starts and ends in Quito, where you'll get to know the capital city on a guided tour. The journey also features kayaking on San Pablo Lake, visits to Andean towns, shopping in the famous Otavalo Market, a hike around a stunning lagoon, a coffee farm, and more.

Isla Isabela
Map of Highlands of Ecuador to the Galápagos Adventure - 15 Days
Highlands of Ecuador to the Galápagos Adventure - 15 Days

This far-reaching 15-day trip will take you to some of Ecuador's most scenic spots. Begin with a city tour of Quito, then head to Cotopaxi for mountain biking and climb to the crater lake of Quilotoa. Visit Pailón del Diablo waterfall and go canyoning in Baños, then transfer back to Quito and board your flight to the Galápagos. Take in the amazing biodiversity of these islands as you enjoy a variety of adventure sports, including hiking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and more.

Feel the freedom of the open road as you navigate through Ecuador
Map of Ecuador Road Trip From North to South: Quito, Cotopaxi & Baños - 12 Days
Ecuador Road Trip From North to South: Quito, Cotopaxi & Baños - 12 Days

Get ready for adventure as you drive through Ecuador from north to south, making your way from high-altitude Quito to coastal Guayaquil. With the freedom to go at your own pace, start where the world divides in Quito and explore the base of an active 19,347-foot (5,897 m) volcano at Cotopaxi National Park. Swing over the "End of the World" in Baños de Agua Santa, and walk through a city with four rivers in Cuenca, ending your trip in Guayaquil as you return to sea level.

See dramatic waterfalls in Baños
Map of Ecuadorian Andes & the Galápagos Islands - 15 Days
Ecuadorian Andes & the Galápagos Islands - 15 Days

With such a wide range of landscapes, wildlife, and metropolitan areas, it's nearly impossible to see all of Ecuador in one trip, but this 15-day itinerary comes close. Start off in Quito, the nation's capital, before exploring volcanoes, crater lakes, waterfalls, and Cañari and Inca ruins across the highlands. Then, fly offshore to the Galápagos Islands, where you'll spend several days sailing, snorkeling, and hiking among some of the most stunning natural places in the world.

Ocean scenery in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Map of Grand Ecuadorian Adventure: Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 13 Days
Grand Ecuadorian Adventure: Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 13 Days

See the highlights of Ecuador on this 13-day whirlwind tour. Start at Quito, the colonial capital, which will give you a glimpse of the local culture. Spend the next few days driving south, passing iconic destinations like Cotopaxi, Baños, and Cuenca while enjoying food and nature. Then, go to Guayaquil and take a flight to the Galápagos Islands, where you'll hike and snorkel to see fascinating endemic species.

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.

The Chimborazo Volcano
Map of Volcanoes of Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Guayaquil - 7 Days
Volcanoes of Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Guayaquil - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary is perfect for travelers who are interested in seeing the astoundingly beautiful landscapes of Ecuador. Travel along the Andean highlands to see ancient volcanoes, sacred waterfalls, and lagoons before ending your trip in the lush coastal lowlands. At the end of each adventurous day, you will be able to relax at beautifully restored haciendas that will allow you to step back in time.

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.

Quito's Plaza Grande
Coffee & Chocolate: A Taste of Ecuador - 13 Days

This 13-day tour of Ecuador will tap all of your senses, from seeing historical sights to tasting local chocolate and smelling fresh coffee. Start in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, to see the Cathedral and Plaza de San Francisco and participate in a chocolate tour. Outside of the city, learn about the process of how coffee is made at a local farm. Take the Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) train ride to see the scenic countryside, and stay in the colonial-era city of Cuenca known for its nightlife and dining.

Explore the Amazon
Map of Ecuador's Volcanoes, Amazon Rainforest & Galápagos Islands - 13 Days
Ecuador's Volcanoes, Amazon Rainforest & Galápagos Islands - 13 Days

This exciting 13-day adventure covers an impressive range of cultural and natural highlights in Ecuador. Starting in Quito, the UNESCO-listed capital, you'll visit Indigenous markets and volcanoes before paddling into the Amazon to stay two nights at an ecolodge. The trip finishes with several days of island-hopping in the Galápagos to observe its unique inhabitants—like giant tortoises and white-tipped sharks—sprinkled with some quality beach time.

Get up close to the vertiginous waterfalls in Baños
Map of Quito, Baños, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Cotopaxi & Guamote: Best Itinerary Ideas
Quito, Baños, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Cotopaxi & Guamote: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Quito, Baños, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Cotopaxi, and Guamote spend about 15 days in Ecuador, which usually includes time for more stops as well. For travelers wanting to visit Quito, Baños, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Cotopaxi, and Guamote exclusively, plan eight to 10 days for a well-paced trip. Read on for the best itineraries.

Take in pristine landscapes in the Gálapagos
Map of Grand Ecuadorian Adventure: Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 15 Days
Grand Ecuadorian Adventure: Quito to the Galápagos Islands - 15 Days

This exciting 15-day itinerary introduces you to the highlights of mainland Ecuador, then whisks you off to the Galápagos Islands for an unforgettable adventure. Start with sightseeing in Quito, then ride a horse in Cotopaxi National Park and hike to waterfalls near Baños. Get to know Guayaquil before catching a flight to the Galápagos to explore several islands, see giant tortoises, and snorkel with sea turtles.

Go for a swing at the "end of the world" in Baños
Map of Active Family Adventure in Ecuador: Andes, Amazon & Cloud Forest - 14 Days
Active Family Adventure in Ecuador: Andes, Amazon & Cloud Forest - 14 Days

The small South American country of Ecuador is rich in wildlife, biodiversity, and natural beauty. Active kids, whatever their ages, will love this two-week tour of the country, which takes you from the high-altitude capital of Quito to the Andean plains, the jungles of the Amazon, and the cloud forests of Mindo. Horseback ride across the highlands, take night and daytime tours of the rainforest, admire dramatic waterfalls, zipline through a cloud forest, and much more.

Llamas in El Cajas National Park
Map of Uncover Ecuador: From the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Coast - 15 Days
Uncover Ecuador: From the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Coast - 15 Days

Enjoy all that Ecuador offers on this epic 15-day journey from mountains to sea. Start by visiting Quito's key sites, then explore Cotopaxi National Park by bike before enjoying the waterfalls of Baños. Discover the quaint Andean villages of Cuenca, Gualaceo, and Chordeleg, and hike through Podocarpus and Carjas National Parks to witness unspoiled natural beauty and wildlife. Finish on the coast near Machalilla National Park, where you'll snorkel with marine life and catch sea breezes.

Spot wild horses in Cotopaxi National Park
Map of Explore Ecuador's Highlands & the Galápagos - 13 Days
Explore Ecuador's Highlands & the Galápagos - 13 Days

See the many faces of Ecuador on this 13-day journey from the Andean highlands to the Galápagos Islands. Starting in vibrant Quito, strike out through Cotopaxi National Park to reach the cities of Baños, Cuenca, and Guayaquil—taking in the sights of waterfalls, volcanoes, forests, and pre-Inca ruins along the way. Then it's time to leave the mainland behind as you hop over to the Galápagos for swimming, hiking, and wildlife spotting on the islands of San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz.

Cordillera Occidental Andes Central Ecuador
Map of Ecuador: Amazon, Andes, and the Coast - 16 Days
Ecuador: Amazon, Andes, and the Coast - 16 Days

Explore the best of Ecuador in this 16-day tour through the Amazon, Andes, and Coastal regions. You'll visit beautiful colonial towns, indigenous communities, and experience ways of life both ancient and modern in this diverse country.

Your trip to the Galápagos includes plenty of beach time
Map of Ecuador Adventure in the Amazon Rainforest & Galápagos Islands - 13 Days
Ecuador Adventure in the Amazon Rainforest & Galápagos Islands - 13 Days

This exciting tour combines two of Ecuador's most exotic landscapes: the Amazon rainforest and the Galápagos Islands. Start the trip in Quito, the country's capital, and take a self-guided tour before transferring east to the edge of civilization. Here you'll canoe to your lodge in the Amazon to partake in several days of excursions into the remote jungle. Then catch a flight to the Galápagos Islands to observe its extraordinary inhabitants and local culture, with plenty of time to relax at the tropical beaches.

Butterflies in Mindo's Cloud Forest
Map of Ecuador Adventure Loop: Amazon, Pacific Coast & Andes - 13 Days
Ecuador Adventure Loop: Amazon, Pacific Coast & Andes - 13 Days

See the many faces of Ecuador on this epic, 13-day adventure that takes you through the Andean foothills and the Ecuadorian coast to the rainforests of the Amazon. You'll witness colonial history in Quito, journey into the cloud forests of Mindo to discover birds, chocolate, and waterfalls, and head to the Pacific coast to swim with the marine life. Settle into an Amazon lodge to hike through El Gran Cañon and go whitewater rafting, then stop at hot springs and crater lakes on the way back to Quito.

Other popular travel destinations in Ecuador
Baños · Cotopaxi · Otavalo · Guayaquil · The Amazon · Cuenca · Riobamba · Papallacta · Tena · Yasuni National Park · Mindo · Archidona · Quilotoa · Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve · Isinliví · Cacha · Lago Agrio