Because the weather is quite unpredictable, the best time to visit Ecuador depends on the altitude and proximity to the Equator line of your chosen destination. For example, coastal areas are avoided between February and March. These tend to be the sunniest and driest months, therefore not great for travel.
From December to May the weather in Galapagos Islands is influenced by the warm currents of Panama and the winds from the north-east. Despite heavy rains, the volcanic soil absorbs water quickly, resulting warmer air temperatures. Because of this, the ocean temperature reaches up to 27C, which makes the rainy season excellent for swimming and snorkeling.
It is the country where pure chocolate and bananas come from, which has a volcano with the closest point from Earth to Sun and La Mitad del Mundo, the geographical point with a weird gravitational force. The largest Ecuadorian cities are Guayaquil and Quito, each year receiving hundreds of thousands of visitors attracted by South American history, landscapes or gastronomy.
Destinations! Even though you plan to visit Ecuador only for Galapagos Islands, do not hesitate to also discover one of its largest cities. Whether you choose to enjoy the famous tourist attractions, visit museums or wander the streets to learn more about the local lifestyle, Guayaquil is the perfect ecuadorian city to spend a couple of days on the mainland.
Nature! Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, its territory includes Galapagos Islands, the Amazon jungle, 25 active volcanoes and so many protected National Parks.
Amazing experiences! Cocoa plantations have a very important role in Ecuador’s history and economy, making it the world’s largest exporter of quality cocoa. For an authentic travel experience choose a traditional cocoa plantation to learn how to prepare Ecuadorian chocolate or book a gastronomic tour.
Gastronomy! Fanesca is a traditional soup from Ecuador that is served only before Easter. Its origin dates back to Inca Empire, when it went by the the Quechua name of “uchucuta”. This special soup was served around 20th March for one of the biggest celebration of the equinox. Tradition was kept even after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, fanesca being included as part of the Holy Week celebrations (that coincide with spring equinox )