Best Time to Travel to Ecuador

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If you want to go to Ecuador for your next vacation but aren’t sure when to go and when to avoid it, this article will tell you all you need to know. The best time to travel to Ecuador is in April because of the fantastic all-year weather, and it is also not during peak travel seasons, so it is less likely to be crowded.

During the summer months, temperatures in Quito may reach a high of approximately 20°C (68°F). The coldest it normally gets in Quito during the winter is approximately 6°C (43°F). Temperatures in other parts of Ecuador can vary greatly, so keep reading if you intend on going elsewhere.

If you’d like to visit the wonders of Ecuador during the day, August is the best month to do so. If you don’t mind being drenched, November is the best month to visit; if you want to avoid getting soaked, visit in July instead.

Read on to discover what the ideal times are to visit Ecuador for whatever vacation you have planned. You’ll have all the information you need by the time you’re done, and you’ll be ready to start booking. Don’t know where to start or who to contact to make a reservation? Don’t be concerned! We’ve hand-picked our favorite online travel resources based on what we’ve used, learned, and loved, so you can relax knowing you’re in good hands. Good luck with your reading!

So, how are the seasons in Ecuador?

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Best Time to Travel to Ecuador

Ecuador is in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres since it is located on the equator. Ecuador’s temperatures are consistent throughout the year due to its location on the equator; yet, due to the vast variations in topography across the nation, it is significantly colder in the highlands year-round in locations like Quito than it is on the coast in Guayaquil. In Ecuador, there are two seasons: rainy and dry. The dry season (winter) in Ecuador lasts from June to September, while the rest of the year (October to May) is known as the wet season because it rains a lot and the weather is highly variable.

Festivals in Ecuador

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Best Time to Travel to Ecuador

Festivals and fiestas have a long history in Ecuador and are the major factors to decide the best time to travel to Ecuador. Many indigenous festivals, such as those commemorating the sun’s motions and harvests, were integrated into the Christian tradition, resulting in a fusion of Catholic religious iconography with earlier indigenous beliefs. The majority of national holidays commemorate significant events in post-Conquest history as well as Catholic Church feasts.

Ecuadorians adore a celebration, whether it’s a public holiday or a fiesta, and will frequently go to considerable lengths and expense to ensure that everyone has a spectacular show fueled by lots of food and drink. Big fiestas are community-wide gatherings that establish local and national identity for most Ecuadorians. If you have the opportunity, attend a fiesta during your stay; they are among the most memorable and colorful manifestations of Ecuadorian culture – not to mention a lot of fun.

Carnaval is a raucous national holiday that culminates in a flurry of water battles before Lent. Local fiestas may be rather raucous, and they are extremely common, with even tiny towns hosting two or three each year. Most towns and villages celebrate their founding day or a saint’s day, and then maybe another for being the canton’s capital (each province is divided into several cantons).

We have compiled a short list of public holidays of Ecuador in different months

January: New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo) on January 1, Epiphany (Reyes Magos) on January 6.

February/March: One-week carnival (Carnaval).

March/April: Holy Week (Semana Santa) for one week.

May: Labour Day (Día del Trabajo) on May 1, Battle of Pichincha (La Batalla del Pinchincha) on May 24.

June: Corpus Christi sometime in mid-June, Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi) on June 21, San Juan on June 24, San Pedro and San Pablo on June 29.

July: Birthday of Simón Bolívar on July 24, Foundation of Guayaquil on July 25.

August: Independence Day (Día de la independencia) on August 10, Festival of the Virgin of El Cisne on  August 15.

September: Yamor Festival for the first two weeks of September, Mama Negra de la Merced on September 24.

October: Independence of Guayaquil on October 9, Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) on October 12.

November: All Souls’ Day/Day of the Dead (Día de los Difuntos) on November 2, Independence of Cuenca on November 3, Mama Negra First Friday or Saturday of November, Festival of the Virgin of El Quinche on November 21.

December: Foundation of Quito on December 6, Christmas Day (Navidad) on December 25, New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja) on December 31.

*Note: Almost all stores and amenities are closed for the whole day on public holidays.

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