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CLIMATE IN QUITO, ECUADOR [10 YEAR CLIMATE GRAPHS]

& OTAVALO ECUADOR

BEST TIME TO VISIT QUITO ECUADOR

From the middle of Colombia until almost the south of Ecuador, the Andes has a mild  spring-like climate throughout the year with daily weather patterns of alternating sunny and cloudy periods. To this pattern, Quito, & Otavalo are no exception. Typically the temperatures in Quito rise to an agreeable level between 20 - 25 degrees Celsius in daytime, while the weather cools off to below 15 degrees at night, when a light sweater or jacket is needed. The climate of Quito and Otavalo sports a dry season - often referred to as "summer" from June through September, 4 months. The rest of the year, the rainy season or "winter",  is characterized by usually sunnier mornings and cloudy afternoons, often with showers. The Annual precipitation, is about 1,000 mm (39 in), but varies considerably by location.

 

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Data of the Climate in Quito

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Average high °C (°F)

19.1
(66.4)

19.1
(66.4)

19.1
(66.4)

19.4
(66.9)

19.2
(66.6)

19.7
(67.5)

19.8
(67.6)

20.3
(68.5)

20.3
(68.5)

20.1
(68.2)

19.3
(66.7)

19.3
(66.7)

19.6
(67.3)

Daily mean °C (°F)

13.4
(56.1)

13.6
(56.5)

13.4
(56.1)

13.6
(56.5)

13.7
(56.7)

13.8
(56.8)

13.9
(57)

14
(57)

13.8
(56.8)

13.7
(56.7)

13.3
(55.9)

13.5
(56.3)

13.7
(56.7)

Average low °C (°F)

9.6
(49.3)

9.7
(49.5)

9.8
(49.6)

9.9
(49.8)

9.6
(49.3)

9.1
(48.4)

8.6
(47.5)

8.7
(47.7)

8.9
(48)

9
(48)

9.1
(48.4)

9.9
(49.8)

9.3
(48.7)

Precipitation mm (inches)

65
2.6

104.2
4.1

123.1
4.8

149.8
5.9

98.2
3.9

41.4
1.6

22
0.9

28
1.1

60
2.4

119.3
4.7

87.9
3.5

76.3
3.0

975.2
38.4

Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1 mm)

10

11

15

15

13

7

5

5

11

14

11

11

128

 % humidity

80

81

82

82

80

75

67

65

70

79

79

79

77

Mean monthly sunshine hours

167

140

132

136

164

189

219

216

186

167

167

175

2,058

 

Data of the Climate in Quito, Ecuador

Graph of the Climate in Quito

 

We highly recommend taking a taxi before breakfast to Colonial Quito at 8 AM, get dropped off at the Western side of the Basilica del Voto, walk up to a little park and enjoy the church against a beautiful morning sky. After that, walk down to the East side and take some great pictures of the church bathing in the bright morning light from the bottom of the park. Don't go into the church now, but rather walk towards the Plaza Central to enjoy it with the Presidential Palace, or any of the churches of Quito, bathing in the warmth of the early morning sun in a cloudless sky.

 

From there walk to the Iglesia de la Compania and the old Banco Central, which are bathing in the morning sunlight. Walk one block West to see the San Fransisco Church in the morning light. By that time you will definitely have worked up an appetite, have breakfast for which there are plenty of little places to enjoy. After breakfast, start entering the beautiful interiors of the churches you have just visited. Comes evening, you would enjoy visiting the Plaza 24 de Mayo and walk towards the Santo Domingo Square, which now is in optimal lighting for taking photographs or merely enjoying the incredibly beautiful scenery.

 

Another great morning route is by taking a taxi to the Panacillo which gives a magnificent view over the city, bathing in early morning sun and then walk down the stairs towards the Plaza 24 de Mayo and do in reverse what we recommended above. Of course, you can also walk up the stairs at the end of the the first route we suggested, but if you are not used yet to the elevation of almost 3,000 m, it may get you quite a bit out of breath. Quito also has the best museums of Ecuador, but we recommend that you with with those for cloudy moments.

 

In Otavalo, we recommend that before going to the market, you leave your hotel at 8 AM, to first stroll the Plaza Central, which is beautifully lit in the morning sun. Many stalls are not open yet anyway, so you get extra pleasure of your stay in the charming little town.

 

Picture impressions of the weather of Quito and Otavalo

Climate in Quito: Clouds moving in at noon in Quito.

Climate in Quito: Afternoons in Quito are often cloudy.

When the sun is out, the light in Quito is extraordinarily bright and beautiful with deep blue skies.

On a typical day in Quito, clouds are moving in, but they don't necessarily bring rain, and when they do, rains often only last a brief moment. As the Quito climate is spring-like, most people walk in shirts, light sweaters and short jackets.

Climate in Quito: Often at sunset the sky clears up.

Then, towards sunset, often the sky clears up again and one can enjoy a few last moments of Colonial Quito bathed in gorgeous lighting. 

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.

 

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