Weather in Ecuador

The Weather in Ecuador varies from tropical rain in the Jungle to snow on the Andes Mountains and spring weather in the Highlands.

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In fact, it's not uncommon to experience all four seasons in a single day. Generally speaking, Ecuador has two seasons, wet and dry but in a country as geographically diverse as Ecuador, local weather patterns vary greatly.

The mainland coastal areas and the Galapagos Islands are influenced by ocean currents and are hot and sunny between December and May and cool and dryer the rest of the year.

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In the highlands, the dry and windy season is between June and September and around Christmas, also during the months of January, February and March you can expect beautiful sunny days but sometimes rainy during the afternoons.

Sometimes even the mountains' wet season isn't particularly wet and the dry season sees its share of downpours.

The weather in the provinces of the central valley like for example: Imbabura, Tungurahua, Cotopaxi, Pichincha, Azuay and Loja are generally spring like year round with mild temperatures around 24°C (66°F).

The weather in the Amazon rain forest is rain, heat and more rain and heat! The average daytime temperature is 30-32º C (85-90º F), while nights can cool down to 20º C (68º F).

The least rainy period tends to be January to May. June, July, and August are the wettest (still considered a prime time to visit the Amazon because of increased animal activity) and September through December are completely unpredictable!

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Summary of the Weather in Ecuador

In general the climate throughout Ecuador ranges from tropical equatorial rain in the Amazon to perpetual snow on the top of the mountains.

Cities located in the highlands like: Quito, Ibarra, Otavalo, Ambato, Latacunga, Riobamba, Cuenca, Guaranda and Loja, have temperatures that vary from 50 F to 70 F.

Coastal cities like: Esmeraldas, Manta, Portoviejo, Quevedo, Guayaquil and Machala, have temperatures that vary from 60 F to 80 F during the day.

The weather in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador is constant: rainy, humid and warm.

The Weather in Galapagos is sunny and warm during the months of December to May. The temperature drops a bit from June to November.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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