Ecuador is one of my favourite countries I visited so far: This country seems to be filled with adventurous places and has some extreme diversity in its regions. Rainforest jungles you can hike, lots of rivers and waterfalls that invite you to go rafting, mountains & volcanos that you want to climb… and of course, there is Galapagos! Even the cities seem to be more than just some “gray concrete blocks”: It seems that they are as colorful as the country itself, covered with stunning graffitis and murals by well-known artists.
It can really help here to be able to speak a bit Spanish, as you can easier get in touch with the locals or get some of your questions answered. Keep in mind though, that some of the Ecuadorians are actually Quechua, and even though younger people can of course speak Spanish and often English, older Quechua sometimes cannot.
How much time do I need to see all this during the trip?
24 days or shorter/longer if you prefer. Just spend some more time at the places you like. Or swap some things with suggestions noted in each post.
How much money do I need for 3 weeks in Ecuador?
1100 EUR (1,287.00 USD) to 1300 EUR (1,521.00 USD) per person (travelling as a couple – a solo travelling person might have to spend a bit more) including accomondation, transfer, food and some tours.
When to go? What is the best time to travel to Ecuador?
Depending on the region, you can travel to Ecuador all year round, but the months between May and October are the best months for this route.
Check out this best-travelseason-tool .
Highlights – What will I get so see during the trip?
You can either use the links in this summary here to get some detailed information about each place, or the floating bar at the bottom of the page to navigate through each day.
|Day 1||Quito |
|Day 2||Quito Tena |
Visiting City, Ride to Tena
|Day 3||Tena |
Whitewaterrafting at Jondachi river
|Day 4||Tena |
Hiking through the jungle
|Day 5||Tena |
Hiking through the jungle
|Day 6||Tena Baños |
Ride to Baños, Visit Casa de Arbol
|Day 7||Baños |
Hiking to the Mirador, Visit hot springs
|Day 8||Baños Latacunga |
Visit canyons and waterfalls near Baños and do ziplining, Ride to Latacunga
|Day 9||Latacunga Quilotoa |
Ride to Quilotoa, Hiking at the crater, Kajaking at crater lake
|Day 10||Quilotoa Latacunga Quito |
Ride to Quito, Visiting City
|Day 11||Quito Santa Cruz (Galapagos) |
Flight to Santa Cruz (Galapagos), Visiting City
|Day 12||Santa Cruz (Galapagos) Isabela (Galapagos) |
Ride to Isabela (Galapagos), Snorkeling at lava tunnels
|Day 13||Isabela (Galapagos) |
Snorkeling in Concha de Perla, Visiting "Centro de Crianza"
|Day 14||Isabela (Galapagos) Santa Cruz (Galapagos) San Cristobal (Galapagos) |
Ride to San Cristobal (Galapagos), Swimming and relaxing at the beach
|Day 15||San Cristobal (Galapagos) |
Scuba diving at "Kicker Rock", Visiting "Centro de Interpretation", Relaxing at the beach
|Day 16||San Cristobal (Galapagos) Santa Cruz (Galapagos) |
Snorkeling with sealions at Muelle Tijeretas, Ride to Santa Cruz (Galapagos)
|Day 17||Santa Cruz (Galapagos) |
Scuba diving at "Gordon Rocks", Swimming and relaxing at the beach
|Day 18||Santa Cruz (Galapagos) |
Snorkeling at lava tunnel "Las Grietas", Swimming and relaxing at the beach
|Day 19||Santa Cruz (Galapagos) Quito |
Visiting fishmarket of Santa Cruz (Galapagos), Flight to Quito
|Day 20||Quito Otavalo |
Mural- & Graffiti-Tour through Quito, Ride to Otavalo
|Day 21||Otavalo |
Hiking at Laguna Cuicocha
|Day 22||Otavalo Ibarra |
Visiting Waterfall of "Peguche", Visiting Ibarra
|Day 23||Otavalo Quito |
Shopping at the market of Otavalo, Ride to Quito
|Day 24||Quito |
|Day||Accommodation||Food||Activities & Misc||Transport|
|Day 11||100 USD|