8 days in New York State & Cuenca Itinerary

8 days in New York State & Cuenca Itinerary

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New York City, United States
— 4 nights
Fly to Guayaquil, Taxi to Cuenca
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive to Santa Rosa International Airport, Fly to Newark


New York City, United States

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, visit Times Square, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our New York City online trip maker.

Newark to New York City is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Cuenca, Ecuador

— 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, then explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and then explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at El Museo de Las Conceptas, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de las flores, and finally contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cuenca trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from New York City to Cuenca in 13.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Cuenca at 72°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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New York State travel guide

Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.