Ecuador Climate

Ecuador lends itself to year-round exploration, with weather variations usually the result of regional differences and micro-climates rather than clearly defined seasons. In the highlands, for example, although there is a drier season from June to September, the ‘four seasons in a day’ phenomenon can happen at any time, so you should not limit your travel planning to just one time of year. The country’s cultural attractions can be enjoyed at any time, as can hiking or more gentle touring on the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Similarly, the wildlife of mainland Ecuador can be enjoyed year-round, with the Amazon and the cloudforests delighting visitors whatever the season.

Average Temperatures and Rainfall
Destination JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
CuencaTemp (°C/°F)21/7021/7020/6820/6820/6819/6619/6619/6620/6821/7021/7021/70
Rain (mm/inch)76 /3 76/3102/4127/576/325/125/125/151/276/376/376/3
Galapagos Islands
 
Temp (°C/°F)28/8229/8430/8630/8628/8226/7924/7524/7524/7524/7525/7726/79
Rain (mm/inch)76/376/376/351/225/125/125/125/125/125/125/125/1
Guayaquil
 
Temp (°C/°F)31/8831/8831/8831/8831/8829/8429/8430/8630/8630/8630/8631/88
Rain (mm/inch)178/7203/8229/9152/651/2o/00/00/00/00/00/025/1
 Otavalo
 
Temp (°C/°F)21/70 21/7021/7020/6821/7021/7021/7022/7222/7221/7021/7021/70
Rain (mm/inch)76/3102/4127/5125/5102/451/225/125/151/2102/4127/575/3
Quito
 
Temp (°C/°F)19/6619/6619/6619/6619/6619/6620/6820/6820/6820/6819/6620/68
Rain (mm/inch)127/5152/6178/7178/7127/551/225/125/176/3127/5127/5102/4
The Amazon

Temp (°C/°F)29/8430/8629/8429/8429/8428/8228/8229/8430/8630/8630/8630/86
Rain (mm/inch)203/8203/8254/10330/1333013356/14279/11178/7254/10305/12305/12 229/9

Weather by month

Visiting Ecuador in January – May

The coolest and wettest period to visit Ecuador is between January and May, but most of the time rainfall presents itself in afternoon showers. Many people still choose to travel to Ecuador at this time as the the waters around the Galapagos Islands are at their warmest and calmest.

Events & Festivals

  • Semana Santa (the week before Easter): Semana Santa sees religious parades across Ecuador, with the Good Friday processions in Quito a particular highlight.
Visiting Ecuador in June – September

Officially the driest and warmest months to visit the Ecuadorian mainland. Visitors can often enjoy clear blue Andean skies and warm sunshine. Fewer showers also make for more prolonged periods to enjoy birdwatching in the cloudforests. This is also the peak time to visit neighbouring Peru, so early planning is advisable.

Events & Festivals

  • Corpus Christi (June): Corpus Christi, falling shortly after Trinity Sunday, is particularly celebrated around Cotopaxi and in the highlands. Many villages have their own traditional costumes, music and dance..
Visiting Ecuador in October – December

Towards the end of the year, as the South American national holidays approach and the waters around the Galapagos become calmer again, this is a popular time to visit Ecuador, so early booking is again advisable.

Events & Festivals

  • Day of the Dead/All Soul’s Day (2nd November): Families commemorate lost loved ones with flowers and visits to cemeteries, and consume purple coloada morada – a traditional drink made from black cornflower and fruits.
  • Independence Celebrations (9th October): If you happen to be in the coastal city of Guayaquil for the Independence Day, you can expect street parties, fireworks and an infectious lively atmosphere.
  • The Foundation of Quito Festival (6th December): Street parties and parades are seen on the capital’s cobbled streets.

Current Weather Forecasts

Cuenca
Wednesday
56°
overcast clouds
Clouds100%
Humidity94%
Wind3mph
Wed
Min54°
Max64°
Thu
Min54°
Max68°
Fri
Min54°
Max65°
Sat
Min52°
Max69°
Sun
Min54°
Max70°
Quito
Wednesday
50°
broken clouds
Clouds76%
Humidity92%
Wind1mph
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Min49°
Max61°
Thu
Min49°
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Fri
Min50°
Max60°
Sat
Min50°
Max64°
Sun
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Guayaquil
Wednesday
77°
overcast clouds
Clouds94%
Humidity82%
Wind4mph
Wed
Min73°
Max92°
Thu
Min71°
Max82°
Fri
Min70°
Max89°
Sat
Min72°
Max93°
Sun
Min72°
Max91°