+593 2 2 50 5310, +593 96 29 35 271

No sexi videos but solid informative texts






WHAT's THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE AMAZON RAINFOREST OF ECUADOR? CLIMATE DATA: [10 YR GRAPHS]: When expect overcast skies, the dry season and rain. How warm does it get?

Best Time to Visit the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador Weather

Ecuador's Amazon rainforest region covers around 40% of the country, and plays an important role in the country's economy, although only 3% of the population lives there. This is mainly due to the oil wells in the North of the region, which the Ecuadorians call the "Oriente", meaning "East". While seemingly less important is the small-scale ecotourism from lodges, but as they complete Ecuador's tourism product, they in fact are far more important than most Ecuadorians realize. The climate is humid with a very high rainfall, which close to the Andes, in Puyo and Tena, may be as high as 4400 mm of rainfall per year.



Climate graph Puyo.

Temperature graph Puyo.


Best time to visit the Amazon Rainforest

Climate data and graphs of the Amazon of Ecuador: Characterized by an annual rainfall of 3200 mm and average 25 C; Read our 10 year graphs and statistics. However, these values are very coarse and temperatures are lower in the foothills of the Andes, where the Cuyabeno Lakes are located. For instance the temperature runs up to 27 C in Leticia, in the eastern Colombian Amazon. Average Amazon rainfall shows a west-east gradient, with average values decreasing towards the east. So, Lagoagrio receives 3500 mm, Tarapoa near the Cuyabeno Lakes receives about 3300 mm of rainfall per year, while we estimate 3200mm for the Lagartocoche part of the reserve on the border with Peru, to receive less than 3200mm. At the Andes flanks themselves, like in Puyo and Tena, the rainfall is considerably higher, respectively 4.400 and 4.300mm.


BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: Lagoagrio monhtly average rainfallBEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: Lagoagrio mean tempreatures

Climate graph Lago Agrigo.

Temperature graph Lago Agrio.



BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: Tarapoa airport Precipiations graph.

Climate graph Tarapoa.

Temperature graph Tarapoa.



BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: Tarapoa Airport 2016 temperature data.BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: Tarapoa 2016 rainfall data.

Precipitation in Lagoagrio (Above) is the lowest in December, with an average of about 200 mm. Most rainfall falls in June, with an average of 345 mm. In Tarapoa, 10km away from the Puente Park entrance, data are very similar (middle and below. Average annual rainfall in Lagoagrio is 3500 mm; for Tarapoa 3300mm, demonstrating how rainfall decreases, further away from the Andes.


At an average temperature of 25.7 degreesC in Lagoagrio, November is somewhat warmer, while the average temperatures in July are a bit lower at 24.1 degrees C. It is the lowest average temperature of the whole year.

Below, the rainfall data for Tarapoa in 2016.


Climate Data Puyo, elevation 925m
  Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Avg.  (degrees C) 21.4 21.5 21.5 21.6 21.3 20.6 20.4 21 21.4 21.5 21.9 21.8
Min.  (degrees C) 16.9 17 17 17 16.9 16.1 16 16 16.2 16.3 16.9 17
Max.  (degrees C) 25.9 26.1 26.1 26.2 25.8 25.2 24.9 26 26.7 26.8 26.9 26.6
Avg.  (degrees F) 70.5 70.7 70.7 70.9 70.3 69.1 68.7 69.8 70.5 70.7 71.4 71.2
Min.  (degrees F) 62.4 62.6 62.6 62.6 62.4 61.0 60.8 60.8 61.2 61.3 62.4 62.6
Max.  (degrees F) 78.6 79.0 79.0 79.2 78.4 77.4 76.8 78.8 80.1 80.2 80.4 79.9
Rainfall (mm) 296 298 420 455 401 440 370 312 344 361 357 349


Puyo is situated on the lower Andes flanks where the clouds are being forced up, causing tremendous rainfalls. The precipitation varies 159 mm between the driest month and the wettest month. During the year, the average temperatures vary by 1.5 degrees C.


The Amazon Lowlands start at Lagoagrio and Coca.

Climate Data Lagoagrio, elevation 300m
  Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Avg.  (degrees C) 24.8 24.8 24.6 24.5 24.2 24.1 24 24.3 24.9 25.2 25.3 25.1
Min.  (degrees C) 19.7 19.9 19.9 19.9 19.7 19.7 19.5 19.3 19.8 20 20.2 20
Max.  (degrees C) 29.9 29.7 29.4 29.1 28.8 28.6 28.5 29.3 30 30.4 30.4 30.3
Avg.  (degrees F) 76.6 76.6 76.3 76.1 75.6 75.4 75.2 75.7 76.8 77.4 77.5 77.2
Min.  (degrees F) 67.5 67.8 67.8 67.8 67.5 67.5 67.1 66.7 67.6 68.0 68.4 68.0
Max.  (degrees F) 85.8 85.5 84.9 84.4 83.8 83.5 83.3 84.7 86.0 86.7 86.7 86.5
Rainfall (mm) 215 228 308 381 360 342 302 223 264 309 299 246


The precipitation varies 166 mm between the driest month and the wettest month. The average temperatures vary during the year by 1.3 degrees C.


At a distance of maybe 25 km, Tarapoa is typical for the weather conditions at the Cuyabeno Lake.

  Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Avg.  (degrees C) 25.3 25.4 25.2 25.1 24.9 24.7 24.1 24.7 25.2 25.5 25.7 25.6
Min.  (degrees C) 20.3 20.5 20.6 20.7 20.4 20.4 19.9 19.9 20.2 20.3 20.6 20.5
Max.  (degrees C) 30.4 30.3 29.9 29.6 29.4 29 28.4 29.5 30.3 30.7 30.9 30.8
Avg.  (degrees F) 77.5 77.7 77.4 77.2 76.8 76.5 75.4 76.5 77.4 77.9 78.3 78.1
Min.  (degrees F) 68.5 68.9 69.1 69.3 68.7 68.7 67.8 67.8 68.4 68.5 69.1 68.9
Max.  (degrees F) 86.7 86.5 85.8 85.3 84.9 84.2 83.1 85.1 86.5 87.3 87.6 87.4
Rainfall (mm) 223 214 305 342 321 345 314 236 251 296 282 202


Climate data of Nuevo Rocafuerte at the border with Peru reflect the conditions of the Lagarto Cocha lakes.

Climate Data Nuevo Rocafuerte, elevation 180m















Precipitation (mm)














Dais with rain*
















Climatological Information for Iquitos, Peru
Location of weather station : 3.7 S, 73.2 W, altitude : 126 m
  Period Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Max (degrees C) 1961-1990 32 31.7 31.9 31.0 30.6 30.4 30.9 31.6 32.1 31.9 31.9 31.7
Mean Min(degrees C) 1961-1990 22 22.0 22.1 22.1 21.9 21.3 20.8 21.1 21.4 21.8 22.1 23.2
Rainfall (mm) 1961-1990 279 227 279 310 274 190 182 165 189 242 260 282


There is a distinct seasonal variety in the Amazon of Ecuador varying in a wet and a dry season. Not that it is not raining in the "dry" season; it just rains less during that time. The dry season usually begins in December and ends in early or mid-March. But these are general trends. You can have a relatively dry period in the wet season and the other way around in the dry season. The Ecuadorian Amazon is located right on the Equator. Consequently, while in the "dry seasons" less rain falls than during the rest of the year, even then, rain showers occur and it the forests never dry out. This favors the moist-dependent tropical species of plants and animals, and as a result more species can live in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador than most other places on earth.


For transport by canoe on the Cuyabeno, rainfall is very important. During the peak of the dry season, the lake falls largely dry. That in itself is very interesting, because aquatic animals such as the Caiman are forced together in the remaining water. But transportation is a problem, because the water in the river is very low.


How reliable are these indications? These indications are just general climate characterizations, and yearly fluctuations from the averages are commonplace. In fact any time of the year, it may rain, be hot or even chilly. No matter what you may read on the internet, the weather in the Amazon tropical rainforest is surprisingly variable! First of all, over 24 hours the temperatures usually vary considerably. When the sun is around noon, temperatures will easily shoot up to 30 - 34 C, with the higher temperatures during the dry season. But in the evenings, the temperatures fall rapidly and become very pleasant. At night, temperatures are so low that you need a light blanket, and in the mornings, it does not get hot before 10 o'clock. So, most of the time, the weather in Cuyabeno is extremely pleasant and you don't need air-conditioning.


High Rainfall in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador

So it rains in the tropical rainforest? Yes it does! When, 4 decades ago, I was in the tropical rainforest for the first time, I was at a biological station. As a young biologist, fresh from temperate Europe, the first morning I woke up to a drizzle on the metal roof. Bad weather for birdwatching, I thought and went back to sleep. A few hours later my senior colleague biologists came back from the woods in wet nylon ponchos, but otherwise dry clothes and they asked me what had happened as I had not joined them for the morning excursion. I said it was of no use, because it was raining and then there are no birds. They sarcastically laughed and said: Man, this is the tropical rainforest! It always rains and the birds and mammals come out, even when it rains. I never made that mistake again. In the tropical rains forest you go out watching wildlife under any weather condition, rain or shine. Now, it is not true that it rains all the time. In fact, most of the time it does not rain, but most days there is at least one shower. For the unlucky ones, occasionally, there are days that it hardly ever stop raining, but that does not happen too often. If you are prepared for the worst, then every hour of sunshine will be a joy, and most of you will are likely to have many hours of joy.


What we do recommend is that you bring one of those waterproof  roof prism binoculars. Why you need binoculars you ask?

The Tropical rainforest is all about the small wildlife and birds that move about the trees. You can't even half appreciate your stay at Cuyabeno if you don't have a pair of binoculars around your neck all the time. You cant see the beautiful colors of the orchids and the hummingbirds, you miss the baby monkey on the back of his mom, you just sit there while you friends are awestruck when a Kingvulture soars by.


Well, you will share binox with a friend, you think. Great, so when s/he first spots a bird, you still sit there waiting anxiously until s/he is finished looking. And your friend does not feel relaxed, knowing that you are waiting to get a peak as well! Finally s/he turns over the binox to you. Ahhhh, what a pity, the bird has just flown away.


Binoculars for all conditions of the climate in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador




Much of Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve east of the entrance is located on a gently sloping plain towards the South East with very little accidentation. The area of the lakes where the Cuyabeno Lodge is located, is a giant saucer with a relatively narrow outlet towards the south. So when it rains, the saucer fills up with water, causing the lakes and swamps to fill up with water. The amount of rainfall vary greatly over the year. There are burst of rainfall that can quickly fill up the "saucer" and the water table may easily rise 5 meters above the normal level. During such high waters, which can last for up to several months, the Cuyabeno River rises above its river bed and large areas of forests become flooded. During such periods the fishes enter the forest for feeding and spawning and are followed by the Amazon dolphins. Once a large group of King Vultures directed us to a dead dolphin deep inside the forest. It had gotten trapped when the water had retreated.


As the pioneers for ecotourism in the Cuyabeno Faunistic Reserve, we had the first choice to select a location and we chose one of the only hills in the entire area and our lodge never is flooded. Most other accommodations are built on the river banks, which are seasonally flooded.

BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: cloudy sky.BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: Cumulous clouds may produce a local rain shower even under a sunny sky.


A typical overcast sky which later produced a light sprinkle but no real shower. Cumulus clouds on the other hand may produce a heavy local rain shower even during a sunny sky.


BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: The sunsets are usually very peaceful and mysterious.BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: Sunsets are often dramatically beautiful.



Dramatic sunsets often occur in Cuyabeno, but contrary to the common believe, they won't tell you what the weather is going to be like a few hours later. Going out on a search for crocodiles in the dark, at this hour the temperature is very comfortable. As the evening progresses, one may even need a light sweater sometimes.



Yet another one of those mysterious beautiful sunsets at the Cuyabeno Lodge.

An early morning excursion in an early morning sun is very comfortable at probably 23 degrees Celsius.


Some accommodations suffer from serious flooding during high water periods, something unknown to the our Rainforest Lodge:

BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: flooding in Cuyabeno.Climate in the Amazon of Ecuador: particularly the cheaper lodges have serious flooding problems and many more mosquitos.Climate in the Amazon of Ecuador: In many of the cheaper lodges, frequent flooding is a problem, with resulting abundance of mosquitos.Climate in the Amazon of Ecuador: In Cuyabeno, even the more upscale lodges have problems with flooding.

Climate in the Amazon of Ecuador: In Cuyabeno, particularly the camp type lodges get flooded.Climate in the Amazon of Ecuador: flooded lodges in Cuyabeno often become unoperable during floods.Climate in the Amazon of Ecuador: During flooding, many lodges in Cuyabeno become inundated with mosquitos. Climate in the Amazon of Ecuador: At some lodges, the water rises so high that the cabins become inoperable.

Flooding  conditions you will never encounter in the Cuyabeno Lodge as the lodge is located on one of the few hills in the entire lake region and all the buildings are several meters above the highest known high water mark.


BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: When the sun is out, the skys are incredibly blue.

On top of the hill is the 12 m high Cuyabeno Lodge observation tower, which stands on top of a hill of 15 m above the high water mark. The tower is the highest point in the area and overlooks the tree crowns and Cuyabeno Lake. Even during extreme floods like on this photo from the air below, the Cuyabeno Lodge stays well above the high water mark.


Dry Season in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador

During the dry season, the level of the Cuyabeno River may fall so low that it becomes difficult to navigate and tourists may not be able to reach the lake area by motorized canoe. This applies the same to all lodging accommodations. However, there are years that the lakes can be reached without any problem, and it occasionally occurs that the river is a bit low during the wet season, but them our skilled Siona Indian boatmen get us through regardless of the water level of the river. The dry season is when more Amazon jungle animals have their mating/breeding season and when more flowers are out, but again that is a tendency. The Hoatzin for instance breeds in the rainy season. As you can see, the Climate in the Amazon, Ecuador is rather variable and one can have good luck or bad luck with the weather.


BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: During the dry season, the water between the Macrolobium trees gets grown with marsh grass.BEST TIME AMAZON RAINFOREST ECUADOR WEATHER [2024]: During the dry season at Cuyabeno, the Macrolobium trees may fall completely dry.

The Cuyabeno Lake at the peak of the dry season falls mostly dry, which is an interesting period when Electric Eels and caimans on dry mud banks can be seen.


For detailed information on climate and weather conditions read:

As the weather and climate in Ecuador vary greatly with elevation and region, you need different clothing for different regions. Depending on where you travel, you have to be prepared for hot weather in the western lowlands and Galapagos National Park, with thin shirts, shorts and light trousers. For the central Andes valley, the Andes flanks and Cuyabeno, be sure to take a light sweater or buy one locally, because the evenings may turn chilly. If you plan to go up in the highlands above 3500 m, be sure you bring adequately warm clothing, because - depending on elevation - temperatures may turn wintery cold. Be prepared for rainfall everywhere, so bring a nylon poncho and/or water-coated light rain jacket.


WARNING: You will be on the Equator. UV radiation is extremely high everywhere you go and you need to protect you adequately, even if you are dark-skinned. Always where a hat, not just a baseball cap, and please, don't wear sandals or bear feet when you come from abroad. I have seen such horribly painful feet on people who covered everything but their feet. Your feet get the most direct sunlight as they are exposed horizontally to the sun!


Always put on high grade sun block (don't forget the edges of your ears).  Accustom your skin to the sunlight by exposing it for no more than an hour the first day and add an hour everyday afterwards. Don't be fooled by an overcast sky, you can still get sun burn. Be particularly aware in the highlands, where the UV is even higher!; and on the water (Cuyabeno, Galapagos), because on the water, the UV effect is greater. Also beware of wind, as it also tends to increase the sun burning of your skin.


If you want to learn more about the country, read Ecuador Facts.

Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, like Ecuador Travel Guide, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:



(Scroll down for the rest of this current page)

AMAZON RIVER CRUISE ECUADOR: In Ecuador, birding is for all ages.


For those that are limited in time, we are now organizing the Cuyabeno Day Trip that takes you at 9 AM from the park entrance to the surroundings of Lake Cuyabeno, to the Siona village and back by 5 PM.




Price: from $ 99

 1 día

RÍO NAPO LODGE TOUR, ECUADOR: La plataforma en el árbol de Ceibo de la comunidad Kichwa Añagu.


Lodges along Yasuni ­ National Park are excessively expensive and excursions are just organized close to each lodge. We developed a fabulous and affordable tour to all the highlights along the Napo, while staying in 2 different decent Quichua lodges.



Price: from $ 450

3 days

viaje a Cuyabeno


The most remote part of the Amazon is the Lagartocoche lake system at the border with Peru. Hosted in a Secoya Indian Village.


Price: from $ 450

 4 days

admirando la increíble vida silvestre


The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of the lower Cuyabeno and Zabalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: from $ 799

5 days


admirando las increíbles aves


Located in Southern Cuyabeno, the Cofan Lodge is the only lodge in that part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with quality programs and great facilities. It is owned by the Cofan Indians and provides a totally different experience from any other lodge in Cuyabeno.



Price: from $ 450

4 days

Laguna Cuyabeno


The Cuyabeno Lake Programs explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first lodge and chose the best location right on a seasonal island in Lake Cuyabeno.

Price: from $ 390

4 - 5 days


Chimborazo con Lamas


Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecunhas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.


Price: from $750

5 days

Cascada San Rafael


Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: from $ 1999

9 days


Bartelome ent Galapagos


We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.



Price: from $ 550

From 3 days



A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: from $ 1199

7 days

Continuación del presente tema


PARKS & TRIBES Travel Agency in Quito
Ecuador Address: Las Casas, Crossing Street: Jose Coudrin, 2 streets above the Occidental Highway, Canton Quito, Prov. Pichincha, Neighborhood Belisario Quevedo 
Tel: (++593)(02) 2 2324 4086, Cell: (++593) (0) 99 283 2187 USA: (++)1 304 901 0718