An Amazing Four-Day Travel Itinerary And Guide To The Beautiful Country Of Ecuador

Updated: Sep 18, 2018

Find amazing things to do in Ecuador with our itinerary for must visit places and helpful tips for four action-packed days in the country (other than Galapagos Island).

The Cotopaxi volcano from our flight..

Itinerary breakdown: Day 1 - New Town Quito

Must visit: Guayasamin Museum, La Caroline Parque, TelefériQ, Church of El San Fransisco


Day 2 - Quilotoa Crater Lagoon


Day 3 - Old Town and Cultural Center Quito

Must visit: Plaza Granda, Archbishop/Presidential Palace, Plaza San Fransisco and the La Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, El Panecillo


Day 4 - Cotopaxi Volcano

Over the summer, we visited the continent to do a bit of country hopping. When we first planned this trip, a lot of my friends were extremely surprised that we chose to visit Ecuador…well, that actually surprised me. Ecuador is a stunning country with amazing culture, history and food. Plus, there is the visa on arrival. There was no way I was passing on this place.

While Quito has enough to keep you occupied for days I would recommend venturing out to the neighboring towns on day trips to get your adrenaline pumping. All the major attractions are just within reach and there will be no shortage of things to do.


Pro Tip: when I plan an itinerary, I like to balance our activities between adventure and laid back (since I prefer to be on the move but Mr. A likes his down time). This itinerary alternates between a busy day and chill time within the city.

Ecuador is so much more than the Galapagos islands. There is plenty you can do without spending a fortune going back and forth from the Islands. From trekking up active volcanoes to zip-lining through cloud forests, Ecuador has something for everyone.

Best time to visit

From June to September - when the temperatures are mild. Their busiest period starts from July when the U.S. and Europe enjoy time off from school but the temperatures are slightly higher too. Avoid the rainy December season.

Flights and Visa

We chose to fly with Avianca within South America. The flights were spacious, with good in-flight entertainment and courteous service.

Visa on arrival for Indians and is valid for a maximum of 90 days. Just carry your return ticket with you for immigration purposes.

Language

Spanish is the official language in all Central and South American countries. Mr. A and I are quick to learn languages. We enjoyed learning a few useful Spanish words. Buenos Dias (good morning), adios (bye), hola (hello or hi), Si (yes), cuanto (how much), salida (exit), entrada (entrance), caliente leche (hot milk) and numbers from 1 to 10.


Travel and Medical Insurance, Currency

Travel Insurance is always recommended. US Dollars have been officially accepted as Ecuador's official currency.


Where we stayed

We stayed at the Casa Q hotel in new town Quito.


Pro tip: I would recommend saving yourself the trouble of haggling for a cab at the airport. When you book your hotel, make sure you ask for a pickup service from the airport. It should cost no more than $25 to get to the city.