When to go by area
The Amazon or ‘Oriente’
This tract of lowland rainforest that feeds the Amazon basin is a hot and humid area that experiences rain all year round due to its location, but the months of August and December to March tend to be the driest. The fascinating wildlife of the Amazon can be seen all year, so keep your eyes peeled for howler monkeys as well as abundant birdlife and reptiles.
This area, that includes the capital Quito, has a dry season from June to September, when days are usually warm and sunny. Outside of these months you may experience some rain, but not every day. Due to the altitude the nights can be mild, but average maximum daytime temperature is around 18ºC or 64ºF.
On the Pacific coast and the lowlands that border it, there are two distinct seasons. The wet season paradoxically experiences more beach-friendly sunshine between January and May, although expect afternoon downpours, whilst a dry season from June to December sees the temperature drop and a greater and prolonged build-up of cloud.