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When is the best time to visit Ecuador?

Although Ecuador is only small, it is home to wildly different environments and ecosystems. Due to this, high and low seasons are varied depending on which part of the country you choose to visit. There are perks to visiting in each month of the year, meaning that Ecuador is an exciting destination in each season. 

Ecuador consists of three main geographical regions: the Pacific coastal region in the west - the Costa; the volcanic & mountainous highlands running down the centre - the Sierra; and the tropical rainforests in the east - the Oriente. The incredibly diverse regions of Ecuador mean that visiting at any time of year has its perks. There is a vast array of wildlife to be seen with every visit, it just depends on what you want to seek out and discover. 

In general, December through to May is the best time for Pacific coast beaches and the Galápagos Islands. This is the rainy season, however the seas become warmer and clearer during this time and plenty of marine life is in full show. June to September are the most favourable months for Quito and trekking in the sun-blessed Andes. For cruises down the Río Napo, exploring the Amazon and Mindos cloud forests, you can pretty much expect rain throughout the year but the driest time begins in August and ends in November. 

Whenever you choose to visit Ecuador, there are outstanding experiences to be had both on the mainland and on the Galápagos Archipelago. Its a year-round destination. Read our monthly guide below for detailed experiences to be had with each month, and contact our specialists for a tailor-made itinerary suited to your ideals.

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Month-by-month guide to travelling in Ecuador

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