Diverse Ecuador Weather

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:

  • The Amazon Rain Forest
  • The Coast
  • The Highland Andes
  • and The Galapagos Archipelago
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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.

And the northern beaches, from the province of Manabi specially the Beach of Manta to the beaches in Esmeraldas are enjoyable all year round.

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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Ecuador Weather by Cities

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.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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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