Quito weather in October

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 13.02.2024

Want to discover Quito's historical and natural wonders? Explore our detailed guide to the weather in Quito in October. Whether you want to explore Ecuador's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, indulge in local culinary delights, or venture into the nearby Andes, October's climate provides the perfect conditions for your adventures.

Is October a good time to visit Quito?

October is the time to visit Quito when you can balance the benefits of the "shoulder" season with the challenges of the beginning of the wet season. As the climate transitions from dry to rainy season, Quito maintains moderate temperatures of 10°C to 22°C (50°F to 72°F), providing comfortable conditions for exploration.

However, heavy precipitation, which averages 295 mm for the month and is expected for about 16 days, can significantly affect outdoor activities and transportation. You should be ready for possible disruption to sightseeing plans and adjust your itinerary accordingly.

Thanks to this weather in Quito in October, the city is less crowded than in the peak months, ensuring a quieter time among the UNESCO World Heritage sites and other attractions. 

In addition, accommodation prices can be more affordable during this period, making it an attractive option for travelers looking to experience Quito's cultural and natural wonders at a better rate than during peak season.

For more weather insights, read up on the weather in Ecuador in October and the best time to visit Ecuador.

Quito, capital of Ecuador

Quito, capital of Ecuador

Average temperatures in Quito in October

Quito experiences mild temperatures between 10°C and 22°C (50°F and 72°F) in October. Despite occasional showers, the climate remains relatively pleasant, favoring outdoor activities and cultural events alike.

Although somewhat variable, mild temperatures create a favorable atmosphere for exploring Quito's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, enjoying local cuisine, and immersing yourself in vibrant festivals. 

You can enjoy a combination of outdoor adventures and cultural activities in the comfortable weather in Quito in October, making it the perfect time to visit and explore its rich heritage and lively atmosphere.

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What about crowds and costs?

Quito tends to see moderate tourist activity in October, resulting in smaller crowds compared to peak months. Since this period falls in the shoulder season, accommodation prices may be more affordable compared to the high season, but you should still expect some fluctuations in cost, especially for excursions and entertainment. 

With a moderate number of tourists, October offers a nice balance between affordability of prices and good weather, making it an attractive time to explore Quito's attractions and immerse yourself in the cultural life of the city without the hustle and bustle of peak tourist seasons.

Set on taking a trip at this time of year? Read up on the best places to visit in October.

Quito, concrete sculpture, Metropolitan Park © Ecuadorpostales/Shutterstock

Metropolitan Park, Quito © Ecuadorpostales/Shutterstock

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  • Best Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands Tour Package (11 days): Explore a trio of UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this Machu Picchu and Galapagos tour package! Your journey will begin in Quito, home to the center of the world. Then you'll travel to the Galapagos Islands, followed by the towering Machu Picchu in Peru.
  • Luxury Andes and Galapagos (14 days): Combine mainland Ecuador, visits to the Cotopaxi Volcano, the delightful city of Quito, the market in Otavalo, hot springs in Papallacta, and more with the unique wildlife and nature of the Galapagos Islands.
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What to do in Quito in October

The activities listed below will add even more to your visit to Quito in October, providing a combination of cultural immersion and nature exploration.

Hike to the volcano and hot springs

Take a day trip to Cotopaxi National Park and enjoy a scenic hike around the base of Cotopaxi Volcano. Afterwards, relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs located in the Andean highlands.

Take part in a chocolate tasting workshop

Indulge your senses in a chocolate-tasting workshop and learn about Ecuador's rich cacao heritage. Discover the art of chocolate making from local experts and enjoy a variety of exquisite chocolate flavors.


Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador @ Shutterstock

Try an overnight bicycle tour

Explore Quito's historic streets and vibrant neighborhoods on an exciting night bike ride. Soak up the city's enchanting atmosphere as you ride under the stars past illuminated landmarks and hidden gems.

Visit the Equatorial Line Monument

Explore the Mid-World Monument and Museum (Mitad del Mundo), located on the equator line. Take part in interactive experiments and learn about the cultural significance of this unique geographical location.

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Olga Sitnitsa

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 13.02.2024

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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