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The best time to visit Ecuador & Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador have quite different climates, so we have split them into each region below.

The best time to visit the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination with only a few subtle differences in temperature and rainfall. January to June are considered the warmer but wetter months with sunshine, warm waters and short tropical showers. This is the best time of year for snorkelling.

July to December are cooler, drier months, although temperatures are still pleasant. The open seas can often be choppier as the cold Humboldt current pushes through on the trade winds. Up in the highlands a mist or fog called the garua can often descend. For a favourable combination of weather, water temperatures and wildlife activity, go in the transition months between April and May or November and December.

The best time to visit Ecuador

Although a relatively small country, Ecuador varies from Andean highlands to Amazon rainforest and coastal regions. With this diverse geography comes a changeable climate.

For Quito and the Andean towns the best time to visit is the dry season between April and October. The wet season is from October to May when the sun shines brightly in the morning but there are heavy downpours by the afternoon.

The climate in the Amazon is hot and humid with average temperatures around 24C to 28C and high precipitation throughout the year. September is the driest month, though showers are still possible.

On the coast the climate is generally hot and humid, temperatures averaging between 25C and 31C. The rainy season is between December and May when the humidity levels are at their highest.

 

 

Climate charts for cities and places within Ecuador & Galapagos

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Cuenca

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2170 2068 2068 1966 1966 1966 2068 2170 2272 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 846 846 846 745 643 643 745 745 643 745
Sunshine hours 5 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 562 653 873 1034 773 622 422 392 522 803 743 663
Rainy Days 16 17 19 20 18 16 16 16 15 16 14 15
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Galapagos Islands

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 2577 2679 2882 2882 2577 2373 2272 2272 2170 2272 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 70 90 90 70 30 20 10 10 10 10 10 30
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Guayaquil

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3391 3391 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3290 3290 3290 3391
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2272 2170 2068 2068 1864 1864 1966 1966 1966 2068
Sunshine hours 3 3 4 5 4 3 2 3 3 2 3 3
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1747 2078 25010 1556 492 131 0 0 10 0 30 241
Rainy Days 16 18 18 12 6 3 2 2 2 3 2 5
Humidity H H VH VH H H M H H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2475 2679 2577 2475 2475 2373 2272 2170 2170 2272 2272 2373

Mindo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1457 1457 1457 1457 1355 1355 1355 1457 1355 1457
Sunshine hours 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 4
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 32413 32813 39516 36915 25310 1165 904 643 914 1084 1104 1948
Rainy Days 18 20 23 22 18 11 7 8 14 17 17 18
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Otavalo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2170 2068 2170 2170 2170 2272 2272 2170 2170 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 846 948 948 846 745 745 745 846 846 846
Sunshine hours 5 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 773 1054 1155 1275 914 452 181 261 592 974 1155 803
Rainy Days 16 17 20 21 18 13 10 9 14 17 18 17
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Quito

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2068 2068 2068 2068 2068 2068 2170 2170 2068 2068 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 337 337 337 439 439 337 337 236 236 337 337 337
Sunshine hours 5 5 4 4 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1215 1436 1586 1747 1285 643 301 381 823 1325 1275 1094
Rainy Days 19 19 22 23 21 14 10 11 15 19 17 18
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Riobamba

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2068 2068 2068 1966 1966 1966 2068 2170 2170 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 846 948 948 948 948 846 745 745 745 846 846 846
Sunshine hours 5 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 351 572 713 733 482 442 241 251 462 612 542 422
Rainy Days 14 17 20 19 17 14 10 10 15 14 14 15
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3086 3086 3086 2882 2781 2577 2475 2475 2475 2577 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 1864 1966 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1559 1661 1661
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1787 1466 1707 1566 793 1064 1155 803 863 673 723 1305
Rainy Days 17 12 8 9 9 13 18 19 19 16 16 13
Humidity M H H H M M L N N L L L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2577 2679 2679 2577 2475 2373 2373 2272 2272 2272 2373 2475