I am thinking of visiting Ecuador around October/November of this year. I am hoping to take 3 weeks in total and would like to visit Quito, Banos, Cuenca and some other places. I don't think I will go to the Galapagos as much as I would love to because of the high costs involved in going. Is this time frame enough to visit Ecuador. Would I be able to perhaps also take in Columbia or Peru or is it better just to stick with Ecuador. I look forward to hearing what you have to say. Thanks.
With only three weeks I would definitely stick to Ecuador. Both Peru and Colombia deserves separate trips, and in Ecuador there are so much more to see than Quito, Baños and Cuenca. You will have no problems to fill your three weeks in Ecuador.
I have visited Ecuador four times, and will go back for a fifth later this year.
There are some who try to fit in too much. I'd rule out Peru for sure as you'd have to fly to the more interesting places to save time. The same is true for Colombia.
It depends on what you're interested in. Ecuador is quite diverse ad is only starting to get recognized as a significant tourist destination in South America (at least compared to its neighbours)
You could easily fill 3 weeks with stuff, even without Galapagos.
hi i live in Ecuador, I can suggest that you can be 4 days in the Amazon, a week visiting lakes and parks and reserves and the last week tour in the cities near Quito, Ambato cuenca baños each with their attractive.
Thank you all for your responses. I am now in the process of booking my flights and plan to fly into Quito. I would definitely like to visit Quito and the areas around it and was thinking of making my way down to Banos and Cuenca and the areas around there and maybe elsewhere depending on time frame (3 weeks approx travel). If I start in Quito and end up in Cuenca I could either make my way back up to Quito and fly home from there or I could fly home from elsewhere. Which would be easier for me and also safer? Thanks again.