Both, the Amazon and Galapagos are year-round destinations with warm weather conditions and plenty of wildlife all year round. The busiest times for visitors are Christmas and New Year, Easter, July and August.
No matter when you choose to travel, all our tours will give you an unrivalled way to enjoy nature and make memories to last a lifetime. You can expect a wonderful time!
CLIMATE AMAZONIA (Ecuadorian part)
The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is in a unique position compared to Amazon Rainforest areas in other South American as it is located on the Earth’s equator. This means that temperatures do not have any drastic temperature changes throughout the year, the sun rises and sets at the same time each day (6 AM to 6 PM), and it is simply into two seasons: the rainy and dry season. The Amazons wildlife is active all year round and the chances to see them do not depend on a specific month.
The driest month are December till February, August and September. Dry in this case means only a little drier as usual, but rain and unexpected hard showers can still occur every day.
- Average Temperature: 86 °F – 95°F (30 °C – 35 °C)
- Average Rainfall: 8.6 in (220 mm) per month
The rain-season starts in March and lasts until July as well as October and November. Rain-Season means that light drizzle rain is more likely and can stay for hours or days. Even if it is raining, the Amazons wildlife is still active. Ecuador’s rainforest is home to a great amount of flora and fauna that depend on the forests staying moist from the rains.
- Average Temperature: 75 °F (24 °C)
- Average Rainfall: 12.8 in (325 mm) per month
Regulated by the cold-water currents from the west and south (mainly the Humboldt Current) and warm water streams from the north (mainly the Panama Stream and El Niño current), the Galapagos archipelago has an uncharacteristically dry and moderate climate for the tropics and is generally classified as sub-tropical. The weather is considered equatorial and is characterized by two main seasons:
December to May is considered the warm-season and the Galapagos’ climate is more tropical with only occasional showers and cloudy skies. The sea is at its warmest and is usually calmer at this time of year. You may find you don’t need a wetsuit at this time.
- Air temp: 80 °F to 90 °F (27 °C to 32 °C)
- Sea temp: 70 °F to 80 °F (21 °C to 26 °C)
June to November is generally called the dry-season which is known for its blue skies and mid-day showers. The strong Antarctic Humboldt Current from the south, affects the climate at this time of year. Air and water temperature are at its coolest and makes a wetsuit almost required. The cold currents bring rich nutrients that attract the largest number of species to marine life.
During some years the infrequent El Niño current may cause a much greater flow of warm waters, making the surface warmer and increasing rainfall.
- Air temp: 70 °F to 80 °F (21 °C to 27 °C)
- Sea temp: 65 °F to 75 °F (18 °C to 24 °C)
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.