Ecuador und the Galapagos Islands - Weather and Climate

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When is the best time to travel? Anytime.

What should I pack? How is the weather and climate in Ecuador? 

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Temperature
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Weather and climate table for San Cristóbal, Galapagos Islands
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Weather and climate table for Canoa, Ecuador (Coastal Region)
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Weather and climate table for Andes Highlands, Riobamba
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Weather and climate table for Coca, Amazon

The Best Time to Travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador are year-round destinations. Any time is the best time to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. In the tropical region, temperatures rarely drop below 15°C during the night. Even in the highlands, it is rarely colder than 10°C. This is why Ecuadorians do not have central heating in their homes.

Nevertheless, visitors travelling to the Andes highlands are recommended to bring a warm sweater and rain jacket. One can say that the four seasons are experienced within a day in the highlands. Cooler mornings are reminiscent of spring and give way to warmer afternoons with summer-like temperatures. The afternoons often bring rain and the evenings are cool.

At the coasts and beaches in the Amazon lowlands and the Galapagos Islands, a windbreaker will come in handy as it gets rather windy at times. On the other hand, be prepared for a year-round warm tropical climate in the rainforest and mountains.

However, in the Galapagos Islands, there is a difference between the warmer and the cooler seasons. The lower temperatures are due to the cool Humboldt current and the southern trade winds. Nevertheless, temperatures do not fluctuate too much between the different seasons.

Weather and Climate During the Cool and Warm season

In the Galapagos Islands, the warmer months are from December to May. During the warm season, heavy rain is to be expected at coastal regions and beaches. It has a tropical climate with an average of 29°C and water temperature of around 25.5°C on average.

The warmer months are followed by coolers months from June to November. The cool air and low temperatures from Antarctica reach the Galapagos Islands during this period. The highest temperature drops to an average of 25.7°C and water temperature is around 22.8°C. Despite the changing seasons, in general, the differences are not as stark. With low levels of precipitation, the cooler months are also known as the dry season in the Galapagos Islands.

Travelling on a Cruise

While going on a cruise, it is essential to take into account water conditions during the period of your travels. If you or your travelling companions are prone to seasickness, choosing the right ship will be a deciding factor for your comfort throughout the trip. From December to May, waves and water conditions are expected to be calm. We still highly recommend smaller ships and yachts to our travellers for a much more personalised experience.

Ecuador and Galapagos Islands Tours

Chimborazo Lodge

Ecuador by Car - classic routing

Duration: 8 - 10 days
Highlights: Vulcanos, local markets, train ride Devils nose, Ingapirca

Individual round trip along the Avenue of the Volcanoes - Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños, Chimborazo, Alausí, Cuenca, Guayaquil

From 850,- USD
Price per pax
Otavalo Artists

Best of Ecuador: Andes, Coastlines and Cloud Forests

Duration: 18 - 18 days
Highlights: Otavalo Markets, Condor Park, Cuicocha Lagoon, Mangrove Forests

Prepare to be inspired as you experience Ecuador's breathtaking landscapes. Departing every Friday

From 1330,- USD
Price per pax
Wittmer Statue on Floreana Island

Galapagos Island Hopping: Settlers Trail

Duration: 7 - 9 days
Highlights: Santa Cruz Island, Floreana Island, Pirate Cove, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas in Plaza Sur , History of the early settlers, Charles Darwin Station, Bartolomé Island

Galapagos Explorer - 5 Islands - Stay with the descendants of the first settlers

From 1460,- USD
Price per pax

✪ Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Tours ✪

Chimborazo Lodge

Ecuador by Car - classic routing

Duration: 8 - 10 days
Highlights: Vulcanos, local markets, train ride Devils nose, Ingapirca

Individual round trip along the Avenue of the Volcanoes - Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños, Chimborazo, Alausí, Cuenca, Guayaquil

From 850,- USD
Price per pax
Otavalo Artists

Best of Ecuador: Andes, Coastlines and Cloud Forests

Duration: 18 - 18 days
Highlights: Otavalo Markets, Condor Park, Cuicocha Lagoon, Mangrove Forests

Prepare to be inspired as you experience Ecuador's breathtaking landscapes. Departing every Friday

From 1330,- USD
Price per pax
Wittmer Statue on Floreana Island

Galapagos Island Hopping: Settlers Trail

Duration: 7 - 9 days
Highlights: Santa Cruz Island, Floreana Island, Pirate Cove, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas in Plaza Sur , History of the early settlers, Charles Darwin Station, Bartolomé Island

Galapagos Explorer - 5 Islands - Stay with the descendants of the first settlers

From 1460,- USD
Price per pax
Friendly Locals on Isabela Island

Copy of Galapagos Island Hopping: Mission Paradise on...

Duration: 15 - 15 days
Highlights: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela - 7 days, Santa Cruz, English Speaking Guides, Charming Hotels , English Speaking Hosts, Including Domestic Flights, Including Inter-Island Flights, Including Speedboat Tickets, Including Transfers, Excluding Day Excursions, Prebook Your Day Excursions Now

Galapagos Pro offers 15 days in paradise - best routes, customised excursions and hotels, gorgeous beaches

From 2060,- USD
Price per pax
Incredible Snorkelling

Galapagos's Best Snorkelling Tour

Duration: 11 - 12 days
Highlights: Kicker Rock, Pizón - Santa Fé, Los Tuneles, Santa Cruz Island, Las Tintoreras, North Seymour and Las Bachas, Charles Darwin Station

Snorkelling in the paradise of the Galapagos - visit the Galapagos Islands and discover 7 unique islands

From 2060,- USD
Price per pax
Sea Lions on Isabela Island

Galapagos Island Hopping - Mission Paradise on a budget

Duration: 12 - 14 days
Highlights: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela - 7 days, Santa Cruz, English Speaking Guides, Charming Hotels , English Speaking Hosts, Including Domestic Flights, Including Inter-Island Flights, Including Speedboat Tickets, Including Transfers, Excluding Day Excursions, Prebook Your Day Excursions Now

Galapagos Pro offers 15 days in paradise - best routes, customised excursions and hotels, gorgeous beaches

From 2100,- USD
Price per pax
City of Guayaquil

Rental car tour to/from Guayaquil

Duration: 14 - 21 days
Highlights:

Begin your rental car tour from Guayaquil and visit the best highlights in Ecuador along the way.

From 3710,- USD
Price per pax
Highlands of Papallacta

Best of Ecuador: Rental Car and Galapagos Island Hopping

Duration: 21 - 28 days
Highlights: Papallacta, El Angel , Devil's Nose, Ingapirca - Inca Ruins, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island

Experience Ecuador with a rental car before island hopping through the Galapagos archipelago

From 3800,- USD
Price per pax
Train at the station

Scenery and Society: Ecuador and Galapagos

Duration: 18 - 26 days
Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Quito, Andes panorama, Charles Darwin Station, 4 days in the Amazon, Avenue of Volcanoes, Devil's Nose, Galapagos giant tortoise breeding centre, Snorkelling the Los Tuneles, Cycling through Isabela, VIP tour Charles Darwin Foundation, Bartolomé and Sullivan Bay, Las Grietas Gorge

Experience the diverse landscapes and intriguing culture of Ecuador

From 5840,- USD
Price per pax