Ecuador weather offers a wide variety of climates for travelers, most of the year is sunny and warm in most of its cities.
Although Ecuador is located in the heart of the tropics right on the equator, it is altitude not latitude that determines its temperatures.
The country as a whole experiences no extreme weather changes. The richness of this country lies on the incredible diversity it has. Ecuador has four diverse and unique regions:
Ecuador weather ranges from tropical equatorial rain in the Amazon to perpetual snow on the top of the mountains.
Cities in the highlands have temperatures that vary from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, while coastal cities' temperatures vary from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
The Coast has a tropical climate "hot and moist from January through May 80-90 F (25-35 C).
However, the cool Humboldt current modifies this heat and humidity on the beaches, such as Salinas Beach and the rest of the Santa Elena peninsula, creating a pleasant climate for tourists, especially from December through May.
In the Andean region, the temperature ranges in the city and countryside valleys from 50 to 70 F (10-20 C) regardless of the season.
At elevations of 1,800-2,000 meters (6-6,500 feet) above sea level, climbing from the coast toward the mountains, the climate is temperate and moist.
From 2,000 Mt. up to 2,800 Mt. (6,500-9,000 feet), this temperate climate becomes drier, and offers many delicious climate options, according to the mountain valleys' altitude and size.
East of the Andes, Ecuador weather is also temperate and humid from 1,000 to 1,800 Mt. (3,200-6,000 feet).
In the Amazon Rain Forest jungle the weather is constant: rainy, humid and warm, however, temperature drops a bit during the months of June to November.
The Weather in Galapagos is always sunny and warm, however, temperature drops a bit during the months of June to November.
Galapagos Beaches are beautiful with white and shine sands, dark and solid rocks, unique landscapes and deep crystal clear waters.
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In Quito (Capital city) and the highlands wear spring attire during June, July and August. During the rest of the months, bring warmer clothing like those you would wear during the fall. A raincoat or jacket would be useful at night since it gets pretty chilly.
Guayaquil: and other coastal cities: wear summer clothing all year round. During the rainy months, December to May, the weather is still very warm. During the months of June to November the weather is cloudy and a bit colder. Bring along a light jacket.
Galapagos Islands: wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. Shorts, T-shirts and summer clothing will be just fine.
Don't forget a hat, a camera, sun block, and a bathing suit. During the months of June to November the weather is cloudy and a bit colder.
Amazon or Jungle: wear clothing adequate for a rain. If you can get yourself a raincoat (poncho), take it with you, as well as several sets of light pants and long sleeve shirts.
Shorts are less useful because of the insects and abundant vegetation that you will walk through on you excursions. A hat, rubber boots and insect repellents are also a must. If you plan to take pictures, I recommend you to take high-speed film.
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