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Weather in Quito Ecuador

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Ecuador and its capital city, Quito, may be small in comparison to the large continent of South America, but its diverse landscape, access to the Amazon and interesting indigenous culture attracts tourists every year to the county and city. It's diverse landscape also means you can experience just about every type of weather in Ecuador

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Because the country lies on the equator, the whole of Ecuador experiences 12 hours of daylight every day of the year. Generally, the weather is mild all year round and usually only defined by the rainfall it receives and the altitude you are staying at. From mountains and beaches to rainforests and jungle, Ecuador has a number of landscapes that offer varying temperatures and climates. 


Weather in Ecuador

Ecuador has notoriously unpredictable seasons, so much so that you may even experience all four seasons in one day when visiting the country. Because the country is so geographically diverse, Ecuador experiences a number of changeable affects on its weather. The average temperature on the coastal region of Ecuador is around 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius), in the Andes region the temperature is around 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) and the Amazon region is usually around 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius).  

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The only thing you can be sure of is that higher you go in Ecuador, the cooler it will be. What's more, as with the rest of the Amazon region, temperatures do not vary a great deal. The seasons, as with the rest of region, are generally defined by how much rainfall the area receives. While the country has a lot of changeable climates, Ecuador generally has two seasons, a wet and a dry one.  


The Seasons in Quito: The Andean Highlands Region

The city of Quito is surrounded by the Andes Mountains and highlands and is the second highest capital city in the world. This has some impact on its weather, the altitude affects the climate so much that the city can occasionally even experience snow! 


The dry season usually takes place between June to September in this region, and features cool and dry conditions with bright sunny days, with temperatures reaching around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degree Celsius). While summer, or the wet season, runs from October to April and cooler, wet days are often experienced during this season. 

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However, because of the proximity to the Andes, the summer months meet with the Andean rainy season and so during this period travelers to the city can expect a lot of showers. It is recommended that you travel to Quito during the dry season as due to the altitude, it get a little cold during the wetter months.   

Most travelers usually travel to Ecuador during their breaks from school or work, this is usually between June and August and December and January. Generally, the weather resembles spring in throughout the year in Quito, and as soon as the sun shines you will feel the difference, it will immediately feel like summer. However, always bring a warm sweater or jacket to the highlands region, as the higher you go the colder it will feel. 

The Seasons in the Ecuadorian Amazon: The El Oriente Region

The Amazon region of Ecuador is usually hot and humid all year round, with temperatures ranging from 79 degrees Fahrenheit to 95 degrees (26 - 35 degrees Celsius) . The dry season runs from December to March and is usually cooler than the wet season. The Ecuadorian Amazon is located right on the equator, and so while the dry season may be slightly drier than the wet season, with some river drying up, the forests actually never completely dry out during this season and rain showers often still occur. As a result, the type of jungle in Ecuador is very specific to the region, and consists of almost entirely moist-dependent animals and plantlife. 

Ecuadorian Amazon


The slightly warmer rainy season in Ecuador usually starts in March and finishes in July/August time. Thunderstorms are most likely to occur in April, throughout Ecuador the weather will however vary, and the Galapagos will be cooler with drier weather, in fact, and rougher seas during this season. The wet season in the Amazon usually attracts more mosquitoes and some of the tracks can be flooded and unavailable for hiking trails. The best time to visit the Amazon region is between June and August in the wet season when you will spot the most wildlife


Weather in the Coastal Lowlands Region

While the dry season may be the best generally for visiting Ecuador, this does clash with the high season in North America, so if you are planning to visit some of Ecuador's beaches and Pacific Coast, the wet season can, in fact, be the best for this region. Despite the fact that you will experience a shower daily, the water will dry up very quickly for the rest of the day and you are usually guaranteed sun for the remainder of your day, which is perfect for a beach holiday. You will also save a lot of money by traveling during this period.

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When to Visit Ecuador

Generally, the best time to visit the coast and the Galapagos Islands is during the wet season, and the best time to visit the Amazon and the Highlands is during the dry season. If you are interested in visiting the city of Quito and taking a rainforest cruise through the beautiful waters of the Ecuadorian Amazon, contact us, and we will be happy to help you get started on your Ecuadorian adventure.  

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