ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

An amazing, varied journey through this small country that packs a punch. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Ecuador & Galapagos travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Guayaquil (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Wyndham (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Stroll along the beautiful riverfront promenade “Malecon 2000”, admire the old buildings of Las Peñas Guayaquil is hot and humid – stay hydrated!
3 🚄Guayaquil to Alausí (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨El Molino hotel
Embark on your all-inclusive train journey, starting on a restored steam locomotive. You’ll pass fruit plantations and then board a bus into the Andes. Hotels are included in the price of your Tren Ecuador ticket.
4 🚄Alausí to Riobamba Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Andaluza hotel
New day, new train! You’ll ride the rails along the famous Devil’s Nose then return to Alausí for a colourful market. Another steam train pulls you to Colta and onwards through verdab=nt fields where you may catch a glimpse of the immense Chimborazo volcano. Wear layers – temperatures can vary greatly, especially when travelling through different altitudes.
5 🚄Riobamba to Latacunga Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Cienega hotel
Meet the inhabitants of La Moya then experience the beautiful Paramo ecosystem before travelling by train past Cotopaxi volcano. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6 🚄Latacunga to Quito Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Swissotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Today you’ll take a relaxed walk in Cotopaxi National Park before boarding the train to a traditional hacienda. Take a good camera to make the most of the wildlife in the Park.
7-8 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
9 ✈Quito to Galapagos (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Angermeyer Waterfront Inn (Book >) See all hotels >
Everywhere you go on these islands you’re reminded of how special they are. You’ll see seals, iguana and so much more. Make sure you take eco-friendly sunscreen to help protect reefs and wildlife.
10-13 Embark on a cruise around the islands. Book here > Smaller boats are better for disembarking on islands faster and seeing more wildlife.
14 ✈Galapagos to Mainland (Book >)
Ecuador to Home
Dep: Morning
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Morning (next day)
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You may wish to book an extra night in Quito or Guayaquil.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotsel Casa Montero (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2-3 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
4 🚌Quito to Tena

🚌Tena to Misahuallí

Dep: 10:30

14:30

Arr: 14:00

15:15

🏨Misahuallí Amazon Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuallí’s square. Sit on the right-hand side of the bus to Tena for the best views.
5 Catch a taxi from the square to the Jatun Sacha reserve. Borrow their harnesses and climb the tower (if you don’t mind heights) and stroll through the pristine forest. Jatun Sacha is run by volunteers and costs $6 to enter. Additional donations are always welcome.
6 🚌Misahuallí to Tena
🚌Tena to Banos
Dep: 09:30

10:30

Arr:

10:15

14:30

🏨La Casa Verde (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a hike into the hills, go white water rafting, bungee jump off a bridge, relax in the thermal waters…you may need an extra day! You’ll need to buy a $1 swimming cap before entering into the public spa – vendors are just outside.
7 🚌Banos to Riobamba

🚌Riobamba to Alausi

Dep:

08:00

10:45

Arr: 10:00

12:55

🏨Noris Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the amazing engineering along the Devil’s Nose railway (departs Alausi at 14:30) Bus times can be unreliable in Ecuador, you may want to take an earlier bus from Banos.
8 🚌Alausi to Riobamba

🚌Riobamba to Guayaquil

Dep:

09:50

12:00

Arr:

11:50

17:25

🏨Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a taxi to the Guayaquil Malecon 2000 Get the hotel to book your taxi and arrange a time for it to take you back.
9 ✈Guayaquil to Galapagos(Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 🏨Capitan Max B&B

(Book >)

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Once you arrive at Puerto Ayora you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore nearby beaches and visit the tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll need to pay just under $10 for transport from the airport.
10 Book a tour to Pinzon Island and snorkel with amazing aquatic wildlife. Booking all your ferries and tours with one agency can save money.
11 🛥️Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 🏨Casita de la Playa (Book >) See all hotels >
Hire a bike and explore nearby beaches and tortoise sanctuaries. Get to the top of the Cerro Azul volcano if you’re feeling fit. Take seasickness tables for the ferry and don’t sit on the rear seats – it gets wet!
12 Tour to Los Tuneles and see awesome landscapes and snorkel with even more awesome animals. Wear an eco-friendly sunscreen to protect reef and animals.
13 🛥️Puerto Villamil to Santa Cruz Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Capitan Max B&B

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More time today to visit the many, varied sights around Puerto Villamil. You may want to take your own snorkelling kit as there are some good spots near the towns to explore.
14 🛥️Santa Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno  Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Capitan Max B&B

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Walk along the boardwalks of San Cristobal island, snorkel in the beaches near town, meet the hundreds of seals that flop up to town at night. Go to the main town pier at night and watch the seals play and rays glide.
15 Boat tour to Kicker Rock where you have a good chance of snorkelling with sharks. Makes sure your tour offers at least two opportunities to snorkel at Kicker Rock.
16 ✈Galapagos to Quito (Book >)

✈Quito to Home

Dep: Morning

Evening

Arr: Afternoon

Morning (next day)

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Taxis to the airport cost under $2.
Budget
1 ✈To Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Masaya Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Buses depart every 15 mins to Rio Coca terminal and cost $2.
2-3 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
4 🚌Quito to Tena
🚌Tena to Misahuallí
Dep: 10:30
14:30
Arr: 14:00
15:15
🏨Hostal El Paisano (Book >) See all hotels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuallí’s square. Sit on the right-hand side of the bus to Tena for the best views.
5 Catch a taxi from the square to the Jatun Sacha reserve. Borrow their harnesses and climb the tower (if you don’t mind heights) and stroll through the pristine forest. Jatun Sacha is run by volunteers and costs $6 to enter. Additional donations are always welcome.
6 🚌Misahuallí to Tena
🚌Tena to Banos
Dep: 09:30
10:30
Arr:
10:15
14:30
🏨Balcon Del Cielo (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a hike into the hills, go white water rafting, bungee jump off a bridge, relax in the thermal waters…you may need an extra day! You’ll need to buy a $1 swimming cap before entering into the public spa – vendors are just outside.
7 🚌Banos to Riobamba
🚌Riobamba to Alausi
Dep:
08:00
10:45
Arr: 10:00
12:55
🏨Community Hostal (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the amazing engineering along the Devil’s Nose railway (departs Alausi at 14:30) Bus times can be unreliable in Ecuador, you may want to take an earlier bus from Banos.
8 🚌Alausi to Riobamba
🚌Riobamba to Guayaquil
Dep:
09:50
12:00
Arr:
11:50
17:25
🏨DreamKapture Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a taxi to the Guayaquil Malecon 2000 Ask the hostel to book your taxis.
9 Guayaquil to Galapagos (Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 🏨La Mirada Del Solitario George
(Book >)
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Once you arrive at Puerto Ayora you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore nearby beaches and visit the tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll need to pay just under $10 for transport from the airport.
10 Book a tour to Pinzon Island and snorkel with amazing aquatic wildlife. Booking all your ferries and tours with one agency can save money.
11 🛥️Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 🏨Hostal Villamil (Book >) See all hotels >
Hire a bike and explore nearby beaches and tortoise sanctuaries. Get to the top of the Cerro Azul volcano if you’re feeling fit. Take seasickness tables for the ferry and don’t sit on the rear seats – it gets wet!
12 Tour to Los Tuneles and see awesome landscapes and snorkel with even more awesome animals. Wear an eco-friendly sunscreen to protect reef and animals.
13 🛥️Puerto Villamil to Santa Cruz Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Capitan Max B&B
(Book >)
See all hotels >
More time today to visit the many, varied sights around Puerto Villamil. You may want to take your own snorkelling kit as there are some good spots near the towns to explore.
14 🛥️Santa Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Casa De Jeimy
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Walk along the boardwalks of San Cristobal island, snorkel in the beaches near town, meet the hundreds of seals that flop up to town at night. Go to the main town pier at night and watch the seals play and rays glide.
15 Boat tour to Kicker Rock where you have a good chance of snorkelling with sharks. Makes sure your tour offers at least two opportunities to snorkel at Kicker Rock.
16 ✈Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito (Book >)
✈Quito to Home
Dep: Morning
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Morning (next day)
What did you think of this Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Taxis to the airport cost under $2.
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