Two weeks is a great amount of time to spend in Ecuador. Here’s how to enjoy it.

Ecuador is a fairly compact country, but it has a whole LOT to offer.

You’ll collect memories by the bucket load in Ecuador (and fill up your photo albums fast!). It’s simply packed with unique and wonderful experiences to enjoy.

From the dense Amazon rainforest to the unique wildlife haven that is the Galapagos Islands, there are many amazing places to see in Ecuador

Whatever your travel style, you’ll be completely spoilt in Ecuador. Seriously – there are mountains, cities, jungles, beaches, adventure towns and more. Ecuador has it all.

Once you start to explore this diverse South American country, you’ll be amazed at how much there is to see.

But don’t worry – this Ecuador itinerary will make sure you don’t miss the best bits.

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Planning an Ecuador itinerary

There are so many things to do in Ecuador that planning an itinerary can be a little overwhelming! So, I’ve done the hard part for you. 

This 2 week Ecuador itinerary is the exact route I would recommend to anyone visiting Ecuador for the first time. It includes a taste of most unique places in Ecuador and enough time to enjoy each of them.

It can be adapted depending on how much time you have.

If you have more than 2 weeks in Ecuador, you could spend a few more days in each destination. And don’t forget the high altitude capital city, Quito! 


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A 2 week Ecuador itinerary

This 2-week itinerary includes everything you need for a perfect Ecuador trip! I’ve included my recommended hotels and restaurants, as well as some optional activities.

Feel free to mix, match and substitute as you like.


A church in the main square in Old Town Quito
It’s worth spending a day exploring Quito.

Day 1: Arrive in Quito 

International flights arrive in Quito at all times of the day. Whatever time you arrive, head to your hotel. 

Quito has some amazing restaurants, so head out for dinner if you can. If you have a little more free time, it’s well worth exploring the Old Town. 

On clear days, the cable car will gave you some amazing views. Just don’t bother heading up if it’s cloudy because you won’t see a whole lot! 

It’s worth spending a few days in Quito if you have the time. If you only have two weeks in Ecuador, though, we’ll skip straight to the really good stuff.

Don’t worry if you don’t have any time to explore Quito right now because I’ve made time for that later!


TRAVEL TIP: Skip the long taxi queues at Quito airport by booking a transfer.


A view over old town Quito
Quito is a charming city surrounded by impressive mountains

MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE: The NH Collection Quito Royal is in a safe and conveniently located part of town. The breakfast is phenomenal and there are many great restaurants nearby.

Try Taconazo for authentic Mexican bites or SuperFoods Ecuador for super healthy millennial favourites. Click here to book.

UPMARKET OPTION: If you want to start your trip in style, the JW Marriott will make sure you do. From the ultra-attentive staff to the top of the range facilities, it doesn’t get more luxurious than this. Check availability

BUDGET BARGAIN: If you need somewhere that’s comfortable and affordable, it’s hard to beat Hotel David. It’s located right in the historic centre of Quito, too, making it a great base for exploring. Book it here.


Optional activities:  

  • For an introduction to Quito… book a Quito walking tour. There’s no better way to get to see city than through a walking tour. This one, with a bilingual guide, is just $10 for 3 hours and covers all the main attractions.
  • For a local experience… book a cooking class. Ecuador has some of the best food in South America. This cooking class will teach three traditional dishes so you can enjoy them back home.
  • See something different… On a market and museum tour. This half day tour will take you on a trip to some of Quito’s lesser visited markets, museums and temples. Plus, you’ll still have all afternoon to explore independently. 

Scarlet macaws in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador


Day 2: Transfer to the Amazon Rainforest

I told you we’d get straight to the good stuff, didn’t I? Today we’re heading to one of the most breathtaking places in Ecuador: the Amazon Rainforest. 

The Amazon Rainforest spans nine countries, and Ecuador is one of the easiest places to visit. There are two main areas to choose between – Cuyabeno and  and I’ve covered them extensively in this post.

Of the two, I’d recommend Cuyabeno.

The facilities are a little better – especially if you have camera gear you need to charge! – but it’s still very, very rustic. 


Hotel recommendations

  • If you decide to visit Cuyabeno, Green Forest Ecolodge is the newest (and final) lodge in the area. It has communal charging facilities and the food is amazing.
  • To visit Yasuni National Park, try Napo Wildlife Center for a remote stay that will immerse you in nature.

Whichever option you choose, it’s going to be a bit of a long journey to get to tonight’s accommodation.

Don’t worry – I promise it’ll be worth it! Plus you’ll get some dreamy cloud forest views on the way there.

Most lodges offer transfers from a set meeting point. For Cuyabeno, the meeting point is Lago Agrio. For Yasuni National Park, it’s the town of Coca. Both can be reached by direct flight from Quito.

Depending on which Amazon lodge you choose to stay at, your flight may or may not be included. 

Some places are worth the travel, and the Amazon is definitely one of them. After all, it wouldn’t be this incredible if it were any less remote.


An anaconda with its head in the water
Anacondas are so big they’re not all that hard to find!

Days 3-4: Explore the Amazon

The next two days will be spent surrounded by nature. 

Your activities will depend on which lodge you stay at, so make sure you keep this in mind when booking.

Most lodges offer a range of activities and different types of safari. These usually include river safaris, walking safaris and night walks for spotting wildlife.

You may also have the chance to go swimming in one of the lakes or try your hand at water sports.

During your time in the Amazon, keep your eyes peeled for the many species that live here. In three days, we were able to spot several sloths, three anacondas, caiman, macaws, parrots, kingfishers, and fiver different types of monkey!


Day 5: Transfer to Quito

After three night in the jungle, it’s time to say goodbye and head back to civilisation. 

The only way out of the rainforest is the way you came in, and that means you’ll get to enjoy one last river safari as you leave.

Today will mostly be spent travelling back to Quito, so take the chance to enjoy some downtime – you’ll be glad you did!


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Waterfalls in Banos, Ecuador


Day 6: Travel to Baños

Today, you’ll have an early start as we head to your next Ecuador destination: Baños.

The journey from Quito to Baños takes around 3 hours in total, and the safest and fastest way to get there is by private shuttle.

The “Fantasy Bus” is a shuttle service that costs just $25 each way and can be booked right here. I’d also recommended booking your return journey for day 8 while you’re at it – you can do that by clicking here

Once you get to Baños, check in to your hotel and grab some lunch. You’ll want to make sure you’re well fuelled for tomorrow! Baños is Ecuador’s adventure capital and there’s no shortage of things to do here. 

Spend the rest of the evening enjoying this colourful mountain town. It’s also a great place to buy souvenirs, so now would be a good time to squeeze in some shopping!


Baños hotels:

  • If ecotourism is your goal… book into La Casa Verde Eco Guest House. Like many destinations in Ecuador, ecotourism is at the forefront of travel in Baños and this hotel was built on sustainable principles. Book it here.
  • If you want to soak up the views… choose Hotel Casa del Balcon. As the name suggests, guests can enjoy wonderful views from the hotel’s terrace. Book it here.
  • If you’re on a budget… you can still enjoy a comfortable stay at Inn Hosteria Llanovientos. A private room with a private bathroom will set you back around £10 per night. Book it here

Day 7: Get active in Baños

This Ecuador itinerary only contains one full day in Baños because there are so many other things to do in Ecuador.

If you love adventure and have a little more time, though, you might want to spend a couple more days here.

You can spend today being as adventurous (or not!) as you like. There’s plenty to choose from, from white water rafting and canyoning to cycling and ziplining. 

Optional things to do in Baños:

White water rafting is one of the most popular things to do here. This white water tour includes photos and a video of your experience – to prove you did it! – as well as lunch at a local eatery. Book it here.

Rafting isn’t the only way to enjoy the water. A canyoning tour like this one is a great way to experience the incredible nature here and try something fun. Book it here.

For a less strenuous way to enjoy the waters, why not try a cycling tour? This one visits some of the best waterfalls in the surrounding area and includes lunch. Book it here.

Love zip lining? There are 6 lines to enjoy in Baños and you can enjoy them all in one tour. Book it here.


TRAVEL TIP

If you’re planning to enjoy any of the adventurous activities in Baños, make sure you have travel insurance that covers them.

Most travel insurers won’t cover activities like canyoning or white water rafting, so you might need to find one that does.

I use and recommend World Nomads because they cover things that most insurers won’t.

Get a quick quote for your trip here or find out more about why I use them


Day 8: Transfer to Quito

Enjoy a relaxing morning in Baños before heading back to Quito.

If you booked the Fantasy Bus back, you’ll arrive in time to check in to your hotel for the night and grab some dinner. 

Your hotel for the night will probably be booked by the Galapagos tour company you book the next part of your trip with, but double check. 


A mother and baby sea lion on a white sand beach in the Galapagos Islands

Days 9-12: Explore the Galapagos Islands

You’ll probably want to book your Galapagos cruise before you book anything else on your Ecuador itinerary.

Galapagos cruises tend to fill up pretty far in advance, so you’ll want to make sure you have one confirmed before booking anything else!

From this point on, everything will be arranged by your cruise company, including flights, transfers, and everything else.

That means you’re entering the easiest part of your Ecuador trip! Now you can let someone else take over logistics and just enjoy yourself. And you sure won’t have any problem doing that in the Galapagos!

During your time there, you’ll be spoiled for wildlife sightings. Expect to sea iguanas, sea lions, sharks, boobies and many more of the species that live here.

You’ll want to make sure you bring a camera with plenty of storage to capture it all. You’ll also want to make sure you bring suitable clothing for the Galapagos.


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Day 13: Transfer to Quito

After several days exploring the unique Galapagos Islands, it’s time to head back to the Ecuadorian capital one last time.

You probably won’t arrive until quite late and you’ll almost definitely need to make your own hotel arrangements for the night.

Again, I recommend the hotels mentioned at the start of this post. 

If you have the time, I’d recommend adding at least 2-3 days to explore Quito. If not, though, I’m sure you won’t be going home disappointed tomorrow.

Ecuador is a truly incredibly country and possibly the best destination in the world for nature lovers!


Church in quito old town
End your Ecuador trip in Quito.

Tips for planning your two week trip to Ecuador

Got questions about visiting Ecuador?

Here are some of the most common travel concerns that people have while planning a trip to Ecuador. 


Is is expensive to visit Ecuador?

Yes and no. While most places in Ecuador are very affordable, some areas are extremely pricey.

The Galapagos Islands in particular aren’t the most budget-friendly destination but for good reason. The number of visitors is limited, they’re completely unique and they’re far from the easiest place to get to. 

Given just how special they are, the Galapagos Islands offer amazing value for money, especially compared to some other wildlife encounters around the world.

But you will certainly need to consider the higher prices when planning your trip to Ecuador.


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Is Quito safe for tourists?

Like any capital city, you’ll need to take precautions when visiting Quito.

Crime isn’t completely non-existent, so just make sure you’re sensible and look after your valuables (or leave them at home!). 

As long as you have good travel insurance, there’s never any need to worry. You can read my travel insurance recommendations here or get a free, 30-second quote right here

If you’re travelling with camera gear, you’ll want to make sure you have adequate coverage for that too. You can see my recommendations in this post.

Do I need a visa for Ecuador?

You might need a visa to visit Ecuador. You can check the entry requirements for your country’s citizens right here.

Note: Even if you don’t need a visa, you will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 more months.


What is the best month to go to Ecuador?

Given its equatorial location, there’s no bad time to go to Ecuador!

I went to Ecuador in December and, in my opinion, it was the perfect time to visit.

In the Galapagos, we saw albatross, baby sea lions and lots of turtles (who were getting ready to nest).

And in the Amazon, it was just about to change from wet to dry season, meaning we got all the advantages of the wet season without the heavy rains!


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