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Weather in the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is in a unique position compared to Amazon Rainforest areas in other South American countries like Brazil, Columbia, or Peru.

The Ecuador Amazon is located on the Earth's equator. This means that temperatures do not have any drastic temperature changes throughout the year, there is no daylight savings time since the sun rises and sets at the same time each day, and instead of having four seasons, Ecuador is divided into primarily two; the rainy and dry season.

The most important thing to remember about the Amazon Rainforest is that it could be the dry season but guests could still experience rain showers and it may be a bit cooler. The dry season is only just a bit drier than what you would expect during the wet season. As you can see, this tropical forest was properly named rainforestdue to the unexpected showers that can come about.

Even if it is raining, there is still plenty of wildlife and flora to see. Ecuador's rainforest is home to a great amount of flora and fauna that depend on the forests staying moist from the rains.

Our Most Common Questions from guests are, When is the best time of year to visit the Amazon?, When is the dry season?, When is the rainy season?, and What are some helpful tips when traveling to the Amazon?

Special Note...

Just like your weekly weather forecasts back home, the following information is the yearly prediction of what weather will be like in the Amazon. Info provided by both Native and Naturalist Guides who spend the majority of their time at the lodge. Guides know their stuff, they spend about 240 days out of the year in the Amazon at La Selva!

When is the dry season?

The dry season normally begins in December and ends around February. The driest months out of the entire year are December & January. The hottest months are December & January. By hot we mean about 95 F / 35 C.

When is the rainy season?

The rainy season begins near the end of February and goes on into the end of November. The wettest and coldest months are May & June. Keep in mind that when we refer to cold, this means around 75 F / 24 C.

When is the best time of year to visit the Ecuadorian Amazon?

Anytime throughout the year is a good time to visit La Selva and the Amazon in Ecuador. Even with the above information provided, the weather is not set and stone and can vary quite greatly. It is even more important to note that wildlife can still be seen during wet and rainy months. In general, the months with the most wildlife seen are November, December, January, February & March.

What is the temperature like?

The average temperature throughout the year varies between 79 F / 26 C and 95 F / 35 C. At times the humidity may be heavy, this is just as unpredictable as the unexpected rain showers. We've found that light fabric and breathable clothes are more comfortable. When the sun is out, it can be quite hot. In the evenings it can cool down quite a bit so we recommend bringing something a slightly warmer just in case you find it chilly in your suites. See our suggested list of what to pack to be properly prepared.

 

Weather and Climate in Other Ecuador Regions

 

As our Destination Experts will tell you, Ecuador is home to four different regions. In each of these regions the weather varies greatly. We have given a brief description of the type of weather seen in these areas. If you are planning on visiting the Ecuador Amazon, you will definitely be making a stop in the Andes, and if you planned a combo tour to Galapagos, you will find the following information useful on weather in these regions.

Climate in Quito / Andes or Highlands Weather

As explained above, Ecuador is located on the Equatorial Line. This creates two different seasons, rainy and dry. In the Andes the rainy season ranges from December to May. In Quito it is normal to see sun, rain, and cloudy weather all in one day and the change can happen quickly. Usually the rains come in the early afternoon and pass quickly. The temperatures in the rainy season range from low 50's to high 70's (12C to 20C) during the day.

The dry season in the highlands ranges from June to September. The days are sunny and warm when the sun hits directly, but it does become quite windy and brisk. From October to November there are more periodic showers. During this period it is hard to tell how the weather will be, so it is best to be prepared for both rain and sunshine.

Temperatures range from 60's to 80's (15C to 25C) during the day. Remember that even though we are located on the Equator, Quito is the highest capital in the world and the winds come from nearby snow-capped mountains carrying the chill with them. Also keep in mind no matter what season it is, it chilly in the early morning and at night when the sun goes down.

Ecuador Coastal Climate

Ecuador's coast consists of the entire coastline and the port city of Guayaquil. Here is a different climate than the Andes. It is hot and humid for the majority of the year with the rainy season beginning in January and ending in May with average temperatures in the 80's (25C). The dry season lasts from June to December with an average temperature of 75F (23C).

 

Weather in the Galapagos Islands

 

The Galapagos Islands have a unique climate compared to the rest of Ecuador. The weather is driven by the Humboldt, Cromwell, and Panama Currents. Depending on which current is passing through, the archipelago will experience either its warm season or its cool season.

The warm season of the Galapagos includes warm weather from December to May with a mixture of sun and rain. The Panama Current stays warm, making the water and land temps favorable with afternoon showers that end quickly. The sun is fairly strong so have appropriate clothing and come prepared with high SPF, hats and sunglasses.

Average Temperatures: 80F to 90F (27C to 32C)

Average Water Temp: 65F to 75F (18C to 24C)

The cool season of the Galapagos means that the Humboldt Current is bringing colder waters from the South, which also brings up nutrients vital to many Galapagos species. This season lasts from June to September. Both land and water temps are cooler and cloudy skies appear more often, while the islands also become drier.

Average Temperatures: 70F to 80F (21C to 27C)

Average Water Temp: 65F to 75F (18C to 24C)

 

Galapagos Time Zone

 

One thing worth mentioning about the Galapagos is their different time zone. They are UTC/GMT -6 (GALT - Galapagos Time).

The entire archipelago is one hour behind Quito and the rest of the mainland.

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