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Best time to visit Ecuador

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The best time to visit Ecuador is April

If you’re looking to travel to Ecuador for your next trip but aren’t sure when to go and when to avoid, this article is all you’ll need. The best time to visit Ecuador is April due to the excellent all-round weather conditions, and it’s also not during the height of peak travel periods, so it’s not likely to be as busy.

In the summer months, temperatures in Quito can climb to a maximum of around 20℃ (68℉) during the day. The coldest it usually gets in winter-time in Quito is around 6℃ (43℉). Temperatures can often differ in other locations in Ecuador, so be sure to continue reading if you plan on visiting elsewhere.

If you’re keen to see the sights of Ecuador during the day, the sun stays up the longest around August.¬†November sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in July instead.

Keep reading to find out when the best times to travel to Ecuador are for whatever trip you’re planning. By the time you finish, you’ll have all the info you need, and you’ll be ready to start booking. Don’t know where to look or who to book with? Don’t stress! We’ve hand-picked our favourite online travel tools we use, know and love so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands. Happy reading!

Warmest month

February

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

August

Ecuador seasons

Ecuador sits right on the equator, so it’s in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Because it sits on the equator, the temperatures in Ecuador stay constant throughout the year, however due to the huge differences in terrain across the country, it’s much cooler in the highlands year-round in places like Quito than it is in Guayaquil which is on the coast. There are two seasons in Ecuador: wet and dry. Ecuador’s dry season (winter) runs from June to September, but the rest of the year (October to May) is considered the wet season as it rains a lot and the weather is very unpredictable.

Best time to visit the top destinations in Ecuador

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
BanosSeptember
13℃
6℃
13℃
6℃
13℃
6℃
13℃
6℃
13℃
6℃
12℃
4℃
12℃
4℃
13℃
4℃
14℃
4℃
14℃
6℃
14℃
6℃
13℃
6℃
CuencaApril-June
15℃
8℃
15℃
8℃
15℃
8℃
14℃
7℃
15℃
7℃
14℃
6℃
14℃
6℃
14℃
6℃
15℃
7℃
16℃
8℃
16℃
8℃
15℃
8℃
GuayaquilMay-June
31℃
23℃
31℃
23℃
32℃
23℃
32℃
22℃
32℃
22℃
31℃
21℃
31℃
21℃
32℃
20℃
32℃
20℃
33℃
21℃
33℃
22℃
33℃
22℃
MindoSeptember-October
16℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
8℃
17℃
7℃
18℃
8℃
18℃
8℃
17℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
MontanitaSeptember-October
28℃
22℃
29℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
30℃
21℃
29℃
20℃
29℃
20℃
29℃
21℃
29℃
21℃
29℃
22℃
29℃
22℃
QuitoApril
16℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
8℃
17℃
7℃
18℃
8℃
18℃
8℃
17℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
Galapagos IslandsJuly-November
25℃
24℃
27℃
25℃
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
26℃
25℃
25℃
24℃
23℃
22℃
22℃
21℃
22℃
21℃
22℃
21℃
23℃
22℃
24℃
23℃
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Top FAQs

Ecuador is in South America.
The warmest month of the year in Quito, one of the most popular places to visit in Ecuador, is February.
The driest month of the year in Quito, Ecuador, is usually around July each year.

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