Seasons and Weather
Ecuador’s climate is highly changeable due to the variation in altitude across the country. The central Sierra region has the most constant climate whereas the coastal and Amazonian lowlands attract a rather wet equatorial climate. Naturally the further north you go, the colder it gets.
Depending on the side of the Andes you are on you’ll experience different climate. The west is dry from June to September and October to May being wetter. If you are in the east, the opposite is true. Rainfall is generally more prolific in the north with the southern highlands being much drier. The coastal region can be enjoyed all year round, however it is cooler between June and November.
Peak tourist seasons in Ecuador generally coincide with public holidays though June to September tends to be the busiest period. The coastal destinations are busiest between December and April.
Best time to visit the Amazon in Ecuador
Sitting right on the equator, Ecuador benefits from a pleasant climate all year round so the determining factor of when to travel usually depends on crowds and rain. From June to September and December to January, the Ecuadorian part of the Amazon
sees the highest number of people as these are holiday periods in Ecuador and surrounding countries. However, this part of the Amazon is much less visited than its Brazilian neighbour for example, so crowds aren’t too much of a problem at any point of the year.
When it comes to rainfall, while the rainforest is never dry, the ‘dry’ season, when rainfall is at its lowest, lasts from December to March and is considered a good period to visit. It is still likely that there will be at least one shower each day but this should be brief and won’t hamper your wildlife viewing. The best time to visit, however, is from June to August as this is when the wildlife really thrives and travellers will have the best chances of seeing even the rarest and most elusive of creatures.
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