How is the weather in Ecuador?
With four jaw-droppingly distinct biomes all in one small country, exploring Ecuador is truly a great experience. As you prepare for your Ecuador vacation, here’s some important information about the weather.
Geographically, Ecuador sits right on the equator, between 2° North Latitude and 5° South Latitude and shares borders with Colombia to the north, Peru to the southeast, and the western Pacific coast.
Because of its central location on the globe, there are about 12 hours of daylight year-round. The time zone of the mainland is UTC: -05:00, and one hour behind at UTC: -06:00 in the Galapagos Islands.
The towering Andes Mountains, which split the country in two parts, have a big impact on the weather, and conditions vary largely depending on altitude. Other factors that influence the weather in Ecuador are the infrequent El Niño/ La Niña phenomena.
There are only two seasons that Ecuador experiences – Summer extends from June to September and is the dry season; Winter goes from October through May and usually brings with it warmer temperatures, rain showers, and higher humidity.
Although there are factors that can affect the climate, the weather in Ecuador is fairly consistent:
- Along the coast and the Galapagos Islands, you can expect a humid subtropical climate.
- In the Andes, it is mostly dry & sunny, but can get pretty chilly at higher altitudes.
- The Amazon features humid weather characteristic of a rainforest.