Ecuador Weather

Like Peru, Ecuador has three principal climatic zones: coast, Andean sierra, and the region of Amazonian rainforest Ecuadorians call el Oriente. Given such geographic diversity, weather patterns are understandably varied, so it pays to do a little homework when planning out your trip.

The coastal region, including towns like Guayaquil, is warm and humid year round, with a wet and a dry season. The former lasts from December through May and is characterized by morning sun, followed by sudden showers in the late afternoon. The latter runs from June to September and features overcast skies and slightly cooler temperatures—but only slightly.

By contrast, the weather in the sierra is very pleasant throughout the year, with bright, sunny days and cool nights. Sudden afternoon downpours are common, especially during the highlands’ rainy season (November through March), but the storms pass quickly and are soon replaced by the luminous Andean sun. At higher altitudes, be sure to bring a warm jacket, as nighttime temperatures can sometimes dip below freezing.

In the Oriente region, you’ll encounter the fierce heat and humidity characteristic of tropical rainforests, with rain pretty much every day. The rains intensify, however, from April to July.

Average monthly temperatures (°F) and rainfall (inches) for select locations in Ecuador are shown below.

Cuenca

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 69 70 69 69 67 66 65 66 69 70 71 71
Low 50 51 51 50 49 47 47 46 48 49 46 49
Rain 2 2 3 4 4 2 1 1 2 3 2 3

Guayaquil

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 88 87 89 89 87 85 84 84 86 85 86 88
Low 74 75 76 75 74 72 70 69 70 71 72 73
Rain 9 11 11 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

Manta

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 86 86 87 87 87 85 84 85 84 84 85 85
Low 72 72 72 72 71 70 69 68 68 68 69 70
Rain 2 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Quito

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 66 66 66 66 66 67 67 67 68 67 67 66
Low 50 50 50 51 51 49 49 49 49 49 49 50
Rain 5 5 6 7 5 2 1 1 3 5 4 4

Source: Weatherbase.

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