Best time to visit Ecuador
Ecuador is a small country with so much going for it, and happily there is never really a bad time to come here. Yes, there are months which are rainier than other months, but there is always something to see. The diverse environments mean that Ecuador has lots of micro-climates. It might be raining somewhere, but it will be gorgeous somewhere else.
Really Ecuador is an all year-round destination as the weather is fairly changeable all year. Believe it or not, Ecuadorians tend to talk about the weather almost as much as the British!
When to visit the Andean Regions
- The driest months of the year are between May to September (July-August being the best), though these are unlikely to be completely rain-free. The rest of the year you are likely to come across more rain, but generally this will be in the afternoons/evenings, rather than a constant downpour.
- The temperature does not vary greatly from month to month, ranging from about 22°c (max) to 7°c (min at night).
Travelling to the Oriente (Eastern Rainforest)
- The temperature is usually around 25°c all year.
- Unsurprisingly, you should be prepared for lots of rain in the rainforest, where it will also be hot and humid most of the time.
- July and August are usually the wettest months, and September to December the driest.
- If you want to see lots of bird on the clay licks (such as at Napo Wildlife Centre) you're best avoiding July and August.
Best times to visit the southern rainforest
- The rainy season here (including Kapawi Lodge) is from about mid-March to mid-June. the rest of the year is fine for travelling here.
When to go to the Galapagos Islands
- Being some distance from the mainland, the Galapagos are governed by a climate of their own but this remains fairly constant throughout the year and so this is really a year round destination.
- The tropical heat you might expect is usually tempered by the Pacific breezes and you might even need a jumper after sundown on deck.
- Daytime temperatures will vary from about 20 to 28°c. December to May are the warmest months to visit the Galapagos.
- April and May are generally the clearest months.
- July and August can be windy (but this is still peak season).
- From July to November you may experience occasional 'garua' or mists and the water is atypically cool for the tropics.
- Underwater visibility is best around January to March.
For a more in-depth look at the best times to visit the Galapagos, take a look at our month by month calendar of what's going on in the islands.