26 days in Ecuador, Pasto & Bogota Itinerary

26 days in Ecuador, Pasto & Bogota Itinerary

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26 days in Ecuador, Pasto & Bogota Itinerary

Start: Quito, Ecuador
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 day
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
2
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Riobamba, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Ambato, Ecuador
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Baltra, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h
10
Pasto, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
11
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
12
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
End: Quito, Ecuador

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 16th (Sun), head off the coast to Isla Santay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, and finally wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Guayaquil sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Ecuador, the closest major airport is José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Guayaquil are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Isla Santay ©
Isla Santay
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco

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nights
Quito, Ecuador

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Guapulo, look for gifts at Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal, stop by Galeria Latina, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally make a trip to Mitad del Mundo. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Olga Fisch Folklore, look for gifts at Shepherd, take a stroll through Mariscal District, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pasochoa Forest Reserve, and finally examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Quito trip builder.

You can fly from Guayaquil to Quito in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Guayaquil in October: high temperatures in Quito hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Quito

Shopping Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal ©
Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal
Pasochoa Forest Reserve ©
Pasochoa Forest Reserve
Guapulo ©
Guapulo

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nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional, stop by Shepherd, then stop by Olga Fisch Folklore, then stop by Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal, and finally look for gifts at Galeria Latina. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Guapulo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, then wander the streets of Mariscal District, then take a peaceful walk through Pasochoa Forest Reserve, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Acuarela y Dibujo Munoz Marino.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Quito holiday planner.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Quito

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal ©
Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal
Pasochoa Forest Reserve ©
Pasochoa Forest Reserve
Guapulo ©
Guapulo

6
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Guapulo and Iglesia Matriz. Head to Otavalo Market and Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercadofor some retail therapy. Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve (in Tandayapa), San Antonio de Pichincha (Mitad del Mundo & Intinan Museum), Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta) and Laguna Cuicocha (in Otavalo). Explore Quito further: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the striking features of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Quito holiday planner.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Riobamba.

Things to do in Quito

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otavalo, Cotacachi, Termas de Papallacta, Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Casa Museo Guayasamin ©
Casa Museo Guayasamin
Termas de Papallacta ©
Termas de Papallacta
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha

2
nights
Riobamba, Ecuador

Riobamba ©
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Pro Bici and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Balbanera. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Altar Mountain, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lakes of Ozogoche (Lagunas de Ozogoche), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Riobamba, and finally look for gifts at Market Guamote.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Riobamba trip builder.

Getting from Quito to Riobamba by taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Riobamba can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ambato.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Iglesia de Balbanera ©
Iglesia de Balbanera
Altar Mountain ©
Altar Mountain

1
night
Ambato, Ecuador

Ambato ©
Ambato is a city located in the central Andean valley of Ecuador. On the 29th (Sat), browse the different shops at Mall de los Andes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral de Ambato, and then get outside with La Quinta de Juan Leon Mera.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ambato itinerary builder.

Drive from Riobamba to Ambato in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Ambato, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cuenca.

Things to do in Ambato

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Quinta de Juan Leon Mera ©
La Quinta de Juan Leon Mera
La Catedral de Ambato ©
La Catedral de Ambato
Mall de los Andes ©
Mall de los Andes

2
nights
Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): meet the residents at Amaru Zoologica, take in the exciting artwork at Homero Ortega, see the interesting displays at Pumapungo Museo, then examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, and finally slough off your stress at Turkish baths. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, pause for some serene contemplation at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, then look for gifts at Galapagos Artesanias, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Catedral Vieja.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca vacation trip planner.

Fly from Ambato to Cuenca in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Cuenca are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly to Baltra.

Things to do in Cuenca

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico ©
AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja
Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo

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night
Baltra, Ecuador

Baltra ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): head outdoors with Tip Top IV, then don't miss a visit to Ecua-Andino Galapagos, and then head off the coast to North Seymour Island.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Baltra trip generator.

Fly from Cuenca to Baltra in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Cuenca in November, things will get a bit warmer in Baltra: highs are around 32°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can fly to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Baltra

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

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nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva El Chato, take in the exciting artwork at Maki-Art Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, look for gifts at Darwin's Cotton, and then kick back and relax at El Garrapatero.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora vacation builder.

Puerto Ayora is just a short distance from Baltra. November in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Pasto.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara

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night
Pasto, Colombia

Pasto ©
Pasto sits in the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,527 m (8,290 ft) above sea level.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Fatima, admire the landmark architecture of Centro historico de Pasto, get a sense of history and politics at Edificio de la Gobernacion de Narino, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia La Catedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Andres, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de San Felipe. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Museo del Carnaval, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Cristo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Toledo Park, and finally have fun at Estadio Departamental Libertad.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Pasto trip itinerery planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Ayora to Pasto. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in November, things will get little chillier in Pasto: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Pasto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Templo de San Felipe ©
Templo de San Felipe
Casa Museo Taminango ©
Casa Museo Taminango
Iglesia de Fatima ©
Iglesia de Fatima

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take in the exciting artwork at La Candelaria, then wander the streets of Zona G Bogota, and finally look for gifts at Titan plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Lugar De Su Presencia and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salt Cathedral.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Pasto to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, Bogota is a bit cooler than Pasto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Bogota

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Barrio La Candelaria ©
Barrio La Candelaria
Zona G Bogota ©
Zona G Bogota
Iglesia El lugar de Su Presencia ©
Iglesia El lugar de Su Presencia

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nights
Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©
Visit Ingapirca Ruins and Museo Catedral Vieja for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church and El Museo de Las Conceptas. See even more of Cuenca: look for gifts at Galapagos Artesanias, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, meet the residents at Amaru Zoologica, and examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuenca custom trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Bogota to Cuenca with the Route module. Traveling from Bogota in November, expect nights in Cuenca to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Ingapirca Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Pumapungo Museo ©
Pumapungo Museo
Museo Catedral Vieja ©
Museo Catedral Vieja
Ingapirca Ruins ©
Ingapirca Ruins

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