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The best time to visit Ecuador

Ecuador is a fabulous destination all year round, you will often find the terrain and therefore altitude within Ecuador being one of the biggest influences on the weather, with wet and dry seasons being dictated by whether you are west or east of the Andes.

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Hiking or horse riding in the Andes is a wonderful experience to add to your trip to Ecuador. The high altitude volcanoes and mountains form their own climates and they are often very different from lower landscapes. Nights, in particular, can be cold at any point throughout the year. If you want to avoid the rainier times of year then plan to travel between June and September.

Ecuador also has plenty of Rainforest to explore east of the Andes. However, as the name suggests, and despite being warm, you should prepare to get a little damp. Even in drier months, there can be moments of heavy rainfall. Don’t however, let this put you off. This sparsely populated region called El Oriente is incredibly rich in biodiversity, more than making up for any downpours.

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Visiting Ecuador in January

January to May is a good time to visit the coast of Ecuador, with warmer weather ideal for relaxing on the beach. Short tropical showers can occur in the afternoon, but mornings tend to be bright and sunny. The rainy season is not such a good time for hiking in the highlands though, and the Amazon is drenched with roads often becoming impassable at this time.

Visiting Ecuador in February

January to May is a good time to visit the coast of Ecuador, with warmer weather ideal for relaxing on the beach. Short tropical showers can occur in the afternoon, but the mornings tend to be bright and sunny. The rainy season is not such a good time for hiking in the highlands though, and the Amazon is drenched with roads often becoming impassable at this time.

Visiting Ecuador in March

January to May is a good time to visit the coast of Ecuador, with warmer weather ideal for relaxing on the beach. Short tropical showers can occur in the afternoon, but the mornings tend to be bright and sunny. The rainy season is not such a good time for hiking in the highlands though, and the Amazon is drenched with roads often becoming impassable at this time.

Visiting Ecuador in April

January to May is a good time to visit the coast of Ecuador, with warmer weather ideal for relaxing on the beach. Short tropical showers can occur in the afternoon, but the mornings tend to be bright and sunny. The rainy season is not such a good time for hiking in the highlands though, and the Amazon is drenched with roads often becoming impassable at this time.

Visiting Ecuador in May

January to May is a good time to visit the coast of Ecuador, with warmer weather ideal for relaxing on the beach. Short tropical showers can occur in the afternoon, but the mornings tend to be bright and sunny. The rainy season is not such a good time for hiking in the highlands though, and the Amazon is drenched with roads often becoming impassable at this time.

Visiting Ecuador in June

June to September are typically the driest and clearest months across the country, with peak visitor numbers generally in July and August. It is worth booking in advance if you wish to travel at the time to secure the best accommodation.

Festival: Corpus Christi

Festival: Inti Raymi

Visiting Ecuador in July

June to September are typically the driest and clearest months across the country, with peak visitor numbers generally in July and August. It is worth booking in advance if you wish to travel at the time to secure the best accommodation.

Visiting Ecuador in August

June to September are typically the driest and clearest months across the country, with peak visitor numbers generally in July and August. It is worth booking in advance if you wish to travel at the time to secure the best accommodation.

Visiting Ecuador in September

June to September are typically the driest and clearest months across the country, with peak visitor numbers generally in July and August. It is worth booking in advance if you wish to travel at the time to secure the best accommodation.

Visiting Ecuador in October

October to December generally sees the fine weather continue across much of the country, although showers can occur at any time of year. It is a quieter time of year to travel, until the end of the year where accommodation should be booked well in advance.

Visiting Ecuador in November

October to December generally sees the fine weather continue across much of the country, although showers can occur at any time of year. It is a quieter time of year to travel, until the end of the year where accommodation should be booked well in advance.

Festival: Día de los Difuntos

Visiting Ecuador in December

October to December generally sees the fine weather continue across much of the country, although showers can occur at any time of year. It is a quieter time of year to travel, until the end of the year where accommodation should be booked well in advance.

Ecuador climate guide

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The Amazon
Cuenca
The Galapagos Islands
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