Seasons in Ecuador

Ecuador (Ecuador in Spanish; means "equator"), officially the Republic of Ecuador (Spanish República del Ecuador) is a country located in the Equatorial zone North-Western region of the South American continent.

In the heart of South America, high on the equator is the land of eternal spring and is constantly flowering plants and flowers – Ecuador. Over the country rise the great volcanoes with snow-capped peaks. Below are green valley, shining clear lakes, villages of the local Indians and haciendas that once were the backbone of Spanish colonial society. Tourists can choose to relax on the Galapagos Islands, on the coast of the Pacific ocean, or sightseeing tours into the country to the majestic mountain range of the Andes and the Amazon rainforest.

Quito – Ecuador's capital. In this city, now home to over 2 million people. Quito was founded by the Spaniards in 1534 on the site of an ancient Indian town.

It should be emphasized that the most ancient inhabitants of Ecuador the Indians were Kara, who came to the mountains from the coast at the end of the 1st Millennium BC after Conquering the local tribes, Kara created a powerful Union of tribes known in Latin American literature under the name "the Kingdom of the whale" or the "Realm of Necessity". Later this Union became strong tribes Canary and his films.

The climate in Ecuador is very diverse, depending on region and altitude above sea level. In coastal areas, in the lowlands and the Galapagos Islands the climate is subtropical or tropical and in the mountainous regions of the Andes is moderate.

In the coastal areas and the Galapagos Islands from January through April continued the wet season with high rainfall. The average air temperature reaches +30 degrees. From may to December there is a dry season, although often damp and cloudy.

In the mountainous parts of the country the dry season lasts from June to September. The wettest month is April. The average annual temperature in Quito is 21 degrees.

In the East of the country the dry season is in December-March and the rainy season is April-June.

Culture Ecuador is a mixture of traditions and customs of the Indians pre-Columbian era, the Spanish and the Roman Catholic Church. In the Ecuadorian mountains especial popular Indian harvest festival "Inti Raymi".

Each year local Indians on the rivers and the waterfalls celebrate the summer solstice. It is believed that this celebration helps the Indians to purify their souls and to be in harmony with nature.

Almost every month in Ecuador celebrate the feast in honor of some Catholic Saint.

Every year in September the city celebrated Otavalo Yamor Grand celebration Feast. Holiday events (parades, dance performances, musical and theatrical performances, fireworks) in Otavalo continue the whole 2 weeks.

One of the most important Ecuadorian holidays called "Mama Negra" ("Black mother"). It is celebrated every year on 7 November in the city of Latacunga. During this festival all the streets are Latacunga colorful parades.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Ecuador

In March or April in all corners of Ecuador celebrate another holiday – Carnival. Already from the title it is clear the importance of this event.

The food in Ecuador is simple, but delicious. Most of the local dishes, as in other countries of the Andean region, are meat with rice, lentils, potatoes or salad. In coastal areas popular, of course, fish and seafood (most served with lentils and rice). Many local dishes are served with spicy sauces.

Tourists are recommended to try "Locro" (a thick soup with potato and cheese, often when serving, put avocado), "Caldo de gallina" (chicken soup with potatoes), "Llapingachos" (potato cheese pie), "Churrasco" (beef with fries, rice and fried eggs), "Fritada" (fried pork, often served with corn), "Ceviche" (a thick fish soup with tomato-lemon sauce), "Choclo con queso" (corn with cheese), "Helado de Paila" (is a kind of sorbet).

Traditional soft drinks – fruit juices, "Naranjilla" (fruit juice), herbal tea from local plants, coffee.

Traditional alcoholic beverages – Pisco (local brandy), "Canelazo" (alcoholic drink made from sugar cane with lemon and cinnamon), "Chicha" (a fermented corn alcoholic drink), beer.

The climate of the spring months

(Quito)

March
Max average t°: +21 °C (69.8 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 17 days
Precipitation: 155 mm (6.1")
April
Max average t°: +21°C (69.8 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 19 days
Precipitation: 185 mm (7.3")
May
Max average t°: +22 °C (71.6 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 16 days
Precipitation: 130 mm (5.1")

Spring holidays

  • March, 8 — International women's day;
    April-may — Good Friday and Easter;
    May, 1 — Labour day.

Summer in Ecuador

If You are going to Ecuador in the summer, do not forget that the summer in the designated country is in December-February. In the mountainous regions and rainforests of Ecuador in the midst of the rainy season: the weather is very hot, wet, and rain can start at any time, but are rarely delayed more than 2-3 hours. The hottest weather in Uruguay in summer in February. The air temperature in this month is 1-2 degrees above the December and January level and is approximately 28 degrees. Maximum precipitation falls in Uruguay in January. Especially high humidity in the Rainforest.

The climate of the summer months

(Quito)

June
Max average t°: +21 °C (69.8 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (48.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
Jule
Max average t°: +22 °C (71.6 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 20 mm (0.8")
August
Max average t°: +23 °C (73.4 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 25 mm (1")


Summer holidays

June, 29 — the Day of Saints Peter and Paul;

28 and 29 of July — independence Day;

August, 30 — Santa Rosa, St. Rose of Lima, patroness of the Peruvian capital.

Autumn in Ecuador

If you are going to travel to Ecuador in the autumn months, we advise you to plan a trip for September or October. In these months the average daily temperature is around 20-22 degrees, rains often. Can upset weather in Uruguay in autumn, if you relax, you will arrive in November. The November rains, of course, not such strong and long, as in February, however, will complicate trips to the mountains or tropical forests.


Holiday in Ecuador in November without rain possible at the coast. Sometimes it is only small drizzle, which is unlikely to affect your plans.

The climate of the autumn months

(Quito)

September
Max average t°: +23 °C (73.4 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 80 mm (3.1")
October
Max average t°: +22 °C (71.6 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (48.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 16 days
Precipitation: 135 mm (5.3")
November
Max average t°: +21 °C (69.8 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 12 days
Precipitation: 95 mm (3.7")

Autumn holidays

October, 8 — Day battle of Angamos;


November, 1 — all saints day.

Winter in Ecuador

The best period to visit is June-August. In these months in Ecuador comes winter, rainfall is the minimum amount. Usually the weather in Uruguay in the winter quite comfortable. The average temperature is 20, 19 and 18 degrees in June, July and September respectively.

The climate of the winter months

(Quito)

December
Max average t°: +21 °C (69.8 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 12 days
Precipitation: 105 mm (4.1")
January
Max average t°: +22 °C (71.6 °F)
Min average t°: +8°C (46.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 13 days
Precipitation: 120 mm (4.7")
February
Max average t°: +21 °C (69.8 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 14 days
Precipitation: 130 mm (5.1")

Winter holidays

 

  • December, 25 – Christmas day;
  • January, 1 – New Year;