Best time to visit Ecuador
Establishing the best time to travel to Ecuador is not easy. The climate is unpredictable and determining the best time to visit can sometimes come down to pure luck! Although you can travel to Ecuador throughout the year, here are some tips to help your trip run smoothly, no matter the weather.
When to travel to Ecuador
The climate in Ecuador is divided into two main seasons: rainy and dry. If you want to travel to the Andes, you can go at any time of the year. For the Amazon, it is best to go between October and November, and for the Galapagos Islands, June and August. Another option is to choose your travel dates so they coincide with some of the many festivals that this country holds.
On the other hand, generally, the climate is warm and humid between April and June. But keep in mind that the Amazon region is humid all year round. From December to the beginning of May it is the rainy season, but this does not affect every destination in the country. Let’s find out the best times to travel to the different regions of Ecuador.
Best time to travel to the Amazon and the Galapagos
If you are going to the Amazon region it is best to choose the months of October and November. To visit the Galapagos, on the other hand, any month is good, although May and June are the warmest months.
Eastern Amazon Region
Avoid the months between December and May, as this is the season for heavy torrential rains. October and November are the perfect months to discover the wilder side of Ecuador. This region offers you many options for adventure, from crossing the forest on a zip wire, to rafting on the rapids of the River Tena.
If your particular thing is biking, descending along the flanks of the Chimborazo will be an experience you will never forget. Remember that you can also surf throughout along the length of the Ecuadorean coast if this is your preferred sport.
The Equatorial Amazon
This area corresponds with the most humid region in the whole of Ecuador. July and August are the most humid months of the year. Be aware that the region’s tropical can be a challenge and it is present throughout the year. October and November are the best months in which to visit this area.
Other suitable months for travelling to this region are December and January. During this time the climate is more bearable, so you will be able to fully enjoy your trip. The only problem is that it is the high tourism season, so if you want to avoid crowds, you will also need to avoid these months. Get to know the wild flora and fauna of the region: the smallest monkeys in the world, otters, tapirs and an infinite number of birds!
The best time to travel to Ecuador and visit the Galapagos are the months of June and August when these volcanic islands enjoy the best weather. Many tourists tend to take advantage of these times to explore the wildlife of these unique islands. If you want to avoid this busy season, you can also travel during the rest of the year. Whenever you decide to go, remember to respect this pristine natural environment, which locals work hard to preserve.
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When to visit the Ecuadorian Andes
Any season is good for visiting the Ecuadorian Andes. The climate is almost always warm and pleasant in this part of the country, so you won’t feel too much of a chill. If you are planning your trip to Ecuador, put the capital city of Quito, on your itinerary. The lively streets of its Historic Centre are a must-see. Also, don’t miss the craft market of Otavalo.
In this part of the country, you could say that the whole year feels like spring. This moderate temperature is perfect for trekking, either on foot or on horseback. For birdwatching aficionados, there is no doubt that this place is a natural paradise.
When to visit the coastal plains of Ecuador
Between May and December is the perfect time to visit the coastal areas which border the Pacific Ocean. These are the months of the dry season, so you can enjoy a perfect climate and take in the spectacular sea views.
This is the best time to take advantage of the area's natural thermal baths or visit some of the country’s indigenous villages. During the rainy season, which is from January to April, you may be more limited in terms of outdoor activities.
Another reason to travel to the coast between May and December is that you will be able to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of coastal cities such as Guayaquil, Mata or Salinas or visit the coastal mangroves and discover the unique wildlife of this region.
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