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One Week in Ecuador: Our Recommendations

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A stunning country with beautiful landscapes and lush rainforests, Ecuador is also full of history and adventure. Be it the historic capital of Quito or Cotopaxi and Cajas National Parks, the country is full of gems waiting to be explored.

Trying to soak it all up in just 7 days can be a tough task without a great itinerary. That is where we come in. With our recommendations for one week in Ecuador below, you will be able to make the most out of your stay in the country.

6 days in Ecuador: Active Adventure

Aerial shot of Cotopaxi volcano, Ecuador.

Day 1

Enjoy hiking and biking in Cotopaxi National Park

Day 2

Visit a traditional market, see Quilotoa Lagoon

Day 3

Go canyoning in Banos

Day 4

Enjoy kayaking in Anzu River

Day 5

Go rafting in Upper Napo River

Day 6

Raft down Rio Jondachi and bid farewell to Ecuador  

Tailored for those that seek adventure, this six-day Ecuador trip takes you on a whole host of amazing activities. Bike through the picturesque Cotopaxi National Park, hike around the breathtaking Quilotoa Crater Lake, and challenge yourself with some adrenaline-fueled kayaking and rafting. Between these activities, you will constantly be reaching for your camera to capture some of the most spectacular sights this planet has to offer. Whatever your outdoor skill level, this itinerary will leave you with some incredible memories. See tour.

7 days in Ecuador: The Best of Volcanoes

Dirt roads to the majestic Cotopaxi (the highest active volcano in the world).

Day 1

Arrive in Cotopaxi

Day 2

Scale Pasochoa Volcano

Day 3

Climb Corazon Volcano

Day 4

Explore Illiniza Norte during climbing trip

Day 5

Enjoy a free day in Cotopaxi

Day 6

Summit Cotopaxi

Day 7

Bid farewell to Ecuador

If you love climbing, then this seven-day tour in Ecuador is sure to blow your mind. Scale three stunning volcanoes before enjoying a free day to take in some sightseeing. Up next on the itinerary is the big one, the enormous and awe-inspiring Cotopaxi. This trip is perfect for all levels of climbers and the itinerary expertly acclimatizes you to take on challenging climbs. End your one week in Ecuador with a huge sense of achievement. See tour.

A week in Ecuador: Island Hopping in Galapagos

Plaza de San Francisco in old town Quito, Ecuador.

Day 1

Take your first steps in Quito

Day 2

Fly from Quito to Galapagos, visit Cerro Tijeretas  

Day 3

Discover Lobo Island, kick back on Ochoa Beach

Day 4

Discover the beautiful Tortuga Bay

Day 5

Go out on island excursion in the Galapagos

Day 6

Fly back to Quito

Day 7

Head home with wonderful memories

Do you love animals? If so, then the Galapagos Islands simply have to be on your bucket list! This one-week Ecuador trip is enough to discover a huge array of unique Galapagos wildlife in their natural habitat. Try spotting a variety of animals such iguanas, giant turtles, and sea lions as you skip across the islands. Relax on pristine, white-sand beaches and stroll along the beautiful streets of Santa Cruz. Get your fill of authentic Galapagos experience before it is time to head home. See tour.

If the above tours for one week in Ecuador are of interest to you, our list of 7-day Ecuador itineraries will surely satisfy your wanderlust. For more duration ideas, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Ecuador. You can also customize an Ecuador trip from scratch. Just contact our Travel Expert in Ecuador.

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  • Marion Passier
    Marion Passier
    Travel Expert in Ecuador
  • Daniel Larrea
    Daniel Larrea
    Travel Expert in Ecuador
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