Weather and Climate in Ecuador and the Galapagos

Weather and Climate in Ecuador and the Galapagos

Ecuador means equator, and the country is named after it as it is located on the equator. Typical of a country located here is that there are very small fluctuations in the climate. For Ecuador, however, this is different. The reason is that the country has a very varied landscape. Travel to Ecuador can offer both dry days in the mountain areas as well as rainy and humid climate on the Amazon.

In Ecuador you can also choose between cooler highlands and the beautiful warm beaches on the coast. It almost does not matter what climate you prefer, then you can find it in Ecuador. It can be nice to move around in the different temperatures, but it also requires packing for the different climates.

General about the climate and weather in Ecuador

The peak season in Ecuador is in the months from May to September and again from December to January. In Quito you will experience the least rainfall in the months of June through September. On the other hand, temperatures are almost the same all year round with an average temperature of around 19 degrees. If you travel to the Galapagos Islands, it’s a little different. From May to December you experience the least precipitation, while the average temperatures here are somewhat higher with around 26-31 degrees all year round.

Ecuador’s low season is in the months of February to May and again from October to November. As mentioned, the temperatures are very constant and it is therefore more about the rainfall. The months with the most rainfall in the Galapagos Islands are January to April. However, it is these months that are the very best to experience life underwater.

In the highlands

Quito is located in the highlands, 3000 meters above sea level. From Quito you can see over the Andes. Therefore, the climate in Quito is also always a bit cooler and the average temperature during the day is around 19 degrees.

It also means that it is a pleasant travel weather reminiscent of a sunny spring. It can be nice when you are in the small, fun streets around Quito, or if you are going for a walk in the market.

Quito Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Christmas Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rain 142 143 158 174 128 64 30 38 82 132 127 109
Max. temp. 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 21
Mine. temp. 3 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 3 3 3 3


The climate in the Galapagos Islands can change a lot, and the same goes for wildlife. Depending on the period you visit the islands, there will be a difference in which animals you see.

The rainy season on the islands starts in January, and is at its highest in March. However, the amount of precipitation is already starting to fall again from the month of June.

Although January to April are the rainiest months, it is also here that there are the very best conditions for snorkeling at the Galapagos.

Ecuador's Amazon rainforest

Galapagos Islands Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Christmas Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rain 25 26 26 26 25 23 22 22 22 22 23 23
Max temp. 29 31 31 31 29 27 26 25 25 25 26 28
Mine. temp. 19 19 19 20 19 18 17 16 16 16 17 18


In Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, temperatures are tropical. The average here is 25 degrees, but the humidity is very high. It will therefore feel warmer than it actually is.

The rainforest you want to visit on your trip to Ecuador with Tourist Travel is the exciting and lush Cuyabeno. Therefore, the temperatures in this rainforest are based on the following.

Cuyabeno Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Christmas Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rain 190 170 262 297 279 323 324 237 222 251 227 161
Max temp. 31 31 30 30 30 29 29 30 31 31 31 31
Mine. temp. 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 21 21 21 21
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