9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

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9 days in Ecuador Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8 h
1
Quito
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  8 h
2
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Ferry + Shuttle + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
3
Playas
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Guayaquil
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: New York City

2
nights
Quito

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stop by Olga Fisch Folklore. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then examine the collection at Intinan Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco).

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito online day trip planner .

New York City, USA to Quito is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Quito at 73°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

2
nights
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galeria Aymara and Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites. Visiting Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva El Chato, get outside with Outdoor Activities, view the masterpieces at Maki-Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Quito to Puerto Ayora takes 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Puerto Ayora when traveling from Quito in September, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Playas.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

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Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Playas

Playas ©
Playas is a coastal city located in the province of Guayas, Ecuador. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll through General Villamil Beach and then stroll through Playa de Puerto Engabao.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas trip maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Ayora to Playas with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in September: highs in Playas hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Playas

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Side Trip

Playa de Puerto Engabao
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Playa de Puerto Engabao ©
Playa de Puerto Engabao
General Villamil Beach ©
General Villamil Beach

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Guayaquil

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum, then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, then wander the streets of Las Penas, and finally take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Guayaquil Historical Park.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil trip planner .

Getting from Playas to Guayaquil by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 71°F. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

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