Sara and John say...
As the name suggests, Ecuador is bisected by the Equator, where the day lasts 12 hours throughout the year. Away from the mountains, it’s a hot and humid climate, with year-round rains for the Amazonian eastern part of the country and the northernmost part of the coast - both covered by forests. The rains occur primarily in the form of heavy showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. Daytime temperatures typically sit in the high 20s Celsius, with high humidity.
The central part of Ecuador is crossed by the Andes and is therefore much colder with altitude. Between the mountain ranges, there is a plateau, where we find Quito - the second highest capital in the world! Here, the temperatures are mild - typically at around 20 Celsius by day, although the night temperature can sometimes approach freezing point.
On the western plain it’s drier and hotter, with temperatures close to 30 Celsius by day. However, coasts are affected by a cool ocean current, which lowers the temperature.
If you want to find a single good period to visit Ecuador, we suggest the months of July and August, which are the sunniest, and in some areas also the least rainy, months of the year. And along the west coast, it rarely rains at all!