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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 in 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.

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Month-by-month guide to traveling in Ecuador

Countryside around Otavalo, Ecuador

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. Read more »
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Ecuador Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Cuenca 70°F 3" 70°F 3" 68°F 4" 68°F 5" 68°F 3" 66°F 1" 66°F 1" 66°F 1" 68°F 2" 70°F 3" 70°F 3" 70°F 3"
Galapagos Islands 82°F 3" 84°F 3" 86°F 3" 86°F 2" 82°F 1" 79°F 1" 75°F 1" 75°F 1" 75°F 1" 75°F 1" 77°F 1" 79°F 1"
Guayaquil 88°F 7" 88°F 8" 88°F 9" 88°F 6" 88°F 2" 84°F 0" 84°F 0" 84°F 0" 86°F 0" 86°F 0" 86°F 0" 88°F 1"
Otavalo 70°F 3" 70°F 4" 70°F 5" 68°F 5" 70°F 4" 70°F 2" 70°F 1" 72°F 1" 72°F 2" 70°F 4" 70°F 5" 70°F 3"
Quito 66°F 5" 66°F 6" 66°F 7" 66°F 7" 66°F 5" 66°F 2" 68°F 1" 68°F 1" 68°F 3" 68°F 5" 66°F 5" 68°F 4"
The Amazon 84°F 8" 86°F 8" 84°F 10" 84°F 13" 84°F 13" 82°F 14" 82°F 11" 84°F 7" 86°F 10" 86°F 12" 86°F 12" 86°F 9"

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Ecuador

Canoe trip to Napo Wildlife Centre, Ecuador
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