Weather in Ecuador in August travel guide

Get ready for your summer trip with our guide to the weather in Ecuador in August. Here we share what this month has to offer when it comes to rainfall, temperature, and unique experiences, so you can prepare for an unforgettable adventure that takes in Ecuador's beautiful diversity.

What is the weather like in Ecuador in August?

August in Ecuador is like a lively party thrown by nature across a variety of landscapes. On the coast, places like Guayaquil experience mild temperatures of around 25°C (77°F) — ideal for beach breaks. 

Head to the highlands and you'll experience more of a chill, with temperatures around 15°C (59°F) setting the stage for a cultural vacation. Meanwhile, the Amazon region, where temperatures range between 24°C and 30°C (75°F to 86°F), invites you to explore its lush rainforests.

And here's the kicker: August, at the height of the dry season, turns the entire country into an adventure playground. Although there may be occasional rainfall in coastal areas, it doesn't spoil the overall weather in Ecuador in August. 

At the same time, with temperatures ranging from 21°C to 26°C (70°F to 79°F), the Galapagos Islands are a wildlife enthusiast's dream.

So, whether you crave beach bliss, highland culture, Amazonian adventures, or Galapagos wildlife wonders, August offers a range of opportunities across Ecuador's mesmerising landscapes and biodiversity.

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Quito, concrete sculpture, Metropolitan Park © Ecuadorpostales/Shutterstock

Quito, Ecuador © Ecuadorpostales/Shutterstock

Is Ecuador warm in August?

August in Ecuador brings warmth to every corner of this diverse paradise. On the coast, temperatures hover around 25°C (77°F), creating a delightful atmosphere for beach lovers. 

In the highlands, including Quito, the climate remains cool, with temperatures hovering around 15°C (59°F), making it ideal for cultural pursuits.

Even in the Amazon, where temperatures range from 24°C to 30°C (75°F-86°F), the warmth enhances the appeal of exciting rainforest adventures. 

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Is August a good time to visit Ecuador?

August is the perfect time to explore the treasures of Ecuador. With mild temperatures on the beaches of Guayaquil and the cool cultural scene of Quito, the country offers a variety of experiences at this time of year.

Take your pick from immersing yourself in the warm embrace of the lush Amazon rainforest, or heading to the Galapagos Islands, where dry conditions make for rewarding wildife-watching trips. 

In general, given that it falls within the dry season, the weather in Ecuador in August is an ideal month for outdoor adventuring.

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Interior of humid cloudforest with mist blowing through, on the coastal range in western Ecuador © Dr Morley Read/Shutterstock

The weather in Ecuador in August is warm and dry — ideal for outdoor adventures © Dr Morley Read/Shutterstock

What about crowds and costs?

In August, Ecuador finds itself at the heart of its peak tourist season, which means it experiences a substantial influx of visitors. Popular destinations buzz with crowds, creating a vibrant and lively atmosphere. 

Given the increased demand during this high season, there might be a modest increase in the cost of accommodation and entertainment. Despite the potential for slightly higher prices, the overall experience remains enriching and worthwhile.

For a smoother experience, it's best to plan ahead, securing accommodation early in order to better navigate costs during this peak tourism period.

Want to learn more useful information before your upcoming trip to Ecuador? Read our tips for traveling in Ecuador. You might also find it helpful to read about what you need to know before traveling to Ecuador.

Festivals and events in Ecuador in August

August in Ecuador is characterised by colourful festivals and cultural events that'll add extra vibrancy to your trip.

First cry for independence

On 10th August 1809, local leaders in Quito took the bold step of declaring independence from the Spanish crown. Although this first attempt at independence wasn't immediately successful, it marked a turning point in history. 

The resonance of this first call for independence reverberated across countries, sparking movements throughout the region. In Quito, the day is celebrated with a lavish military parade and other events. 

This historic declaration laid the foundation for subsequent independence processes, leaving an indelible mark on Ecuador's path to sovereignty.

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August — Month of the Arts

August sees Ecuador play host to a celebration of culture and art. Museums come alive with special exhibitions as the whole month becomes a canvas for a variety of activities, especially in Quito. 

Cultural programs organized by the municipality and local artists change every year, offering a dynamic showcase of Ecuador's rich artistic tapestry. 

From fine art exhibitions, to music and dance performances, locals and visitors alike are invited to immerse themselves in the country's vibrant cultural rhythms.

Ready for your dream trip to Ecuador in August?

Our tailor-made trip service allows you to enjoy the trip of your dreams without the hassle of planning. All our itineraries are created by local travel experts, and can be tailored to your specific needs.

  • Ecuador's Best in 3 Weeks (21 days): on this journey to the heart of Ecuador, you'll discover the Andean highlands, go on a deep dive in the Amazon jungle, explore the colonial cities on the Pacific Coast and end your trip with the incredibly diverse Galapagos Islands.
  • Mesmerizing Ecuador - Amazon & Galapagos (10 days): on this trip, you will explore the Amazon on a river cruise, getting close to not just the wildlife but also the native cultures. Afterwards, fly to the Galapagos for a unique wildlife adventure.
  • Pristine rainforest - Ecuador's Amazon (8 days): start in Ecuador's capital Quito with nearby Cotopaxi volcano before continuing your adventure in the Amazon, where a luxurious lodge await, plus plenty of excursions, including river canoeing, bird watching and rainforest hikes.

Considering the Galapagos as a destination for your Ecuador trip? Find ideas in our Galapagos itineraries. And to get the best travelling experience, also read our guide on the best time to visit Galapagos Islands.

Giant tortoise in El Chato Tortoise Reserve, Galapagos islands (Ecuador) © Alberto Loyo/Shutterstock

Giant tortoise in El Chato Tortoise Reserve, Galapagos islands (Ecuador) © Alberto Loyo/Shutterstock

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 21.05.2024

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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