The weather in Ecuador is dependent on where in the country you are. Generally, no matter where you are, the weather is relatively temperate with daily temperature swings of about 30 degrees Fahrenheit with a chance of rain in the afternoon.
There are four temperate zones in Ecuador
- The Galapagos, which is a grouping of islands off the Pacific coast.
- The coastal areas on the Western edge along the Pacific ocean
- The Andes areas generally through the center of the country north to south
- The Amazon Jungle Rainforest along the eastern edge of Ecuador
In the Galapagos, you can expect temperatures ranging from lows in the mid-60’s to highs in the upper 80’s. Expect 2 to 5 inches of rainfall a month in the first half of the year, with 1 to 2 inches of rainfall a month in the second half of the year.
On the coast, expect a bit lower temps ranging from about the low 60’s to highs in the mid 80’s generally. Expect more rain in the first half of the year with 2 to 10 inches a month dropping to about an inch a month in the second half of the year.
The Andes are much cooler offering a pretty steady temperature range of low 50s to high 70s year round. Afternoon rain showers with occasional all day rains will give you 2 to 7 inches a month the first half of the year and 1 to 4 inches a month in the second half of the year.
The amazon jungle areas offer cooler temps like the Andes regions, but expect to get wet daily with average monthly rainfall around 15 inches a month.
Being close to the equator and also being a small country offers a sense of weather stability throughout the country without huge temperature spikes, without freezing temps until you get over 10,000 feet in elevation, with steady rain expectations through the month and year, and for the most part a 12 hour day.