Weather in Ecuador in December

Get ready for an extraordinary trip with our guide to the weather in Ecuador in December. Find out what this month presents in terms of rainfall, temperature, and unique experiences, so you can prepare for an unforgettable adventure.

What is the weather like in Ecuador in December?

The weather in Ecuador in December is a mix of different conditions that will add variety to your trip. 

In the coastal cities of Guayaquil and Manta, you'll bask in the warmth of 25°C (77°F), but keep your umbrella at hand — the wet season is approaching and the sunny weather can be interrupted by occasional downpours.

Now let's head up to Quito, the realm of the Andes, where December offers daytime highs around 19°C (66°F) — ideal for exploring historic sights. 

If you decide to take an adventure into the Amazon rainforest, towns like Tena and Puyo offer temperatures of around 25°C (77°F). At this time, the tropical forest offers a lush, colorful spectacle that's as lively as the local fauna.

Whether you plan to admire sunsets on the coast, unravel ancient tales in the highlands, or enjoy the rhythms of the rainforest, visiting December in Ecuador offers a multi-faceted experience.

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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 December is great time to explore rainforests © Dr Morley Read/Shutterstock

Is Ecuador warm in December?

The weather in Ecuador in December offers a warm embrace. In coastal areas, you can bask in temperatures of around 25°C (77°F) — perfect for beach lovers.

As you ascend to the wonders of the Andes, daytime highs of around 19°C (66°F) create favorable conditions for cultural excursions.

Continuing the trend, the Amazon rainforest sees warm average temperatures sit around 25°C (77°F).

And we mustn't forget the enchanting Galapagos Islands, where December invites you to explore a unique ecosystem in temperatures in the region of 24°C (75°F).

Besides all the other benefits, the Galapagos is also great for a family vacation. To prepare for such a trip, read our guide to Ecuador with kids.

Is December a good time to visit Ecuador?

December is a superb time for the diverse activities that Ecuador has to offer. In coastal areas, you can enjoy water sports, relax on beautiful beaches, and immerse yourself in local culture.

In Quito, nestled in the Andes, December is the perfect month to explore the city's rich history, from its colonial architecture to its indigenous markets.

Venture into the Amazon rainforest for a unique tropical experience with lush greenery and a variety of wildlife.

Not to forget the jewel of Ecuador — the Galapagos Islands, where December offers excellent conditions for snorkeling, diving, and observing unique fauna.

Whether you enjoy beach vacations, cultural exploration, rainforest adventures, or wildlife encounters, December in Ecuador promises many exciting experiences.

Haven't picked the right time for your Ecuador trip yet? Take a look at our guide to the best time to visit Ecuador.

best places to go with kids Marine iguana with blue footed boobies, booby, Sula nebouxii and Amblyrhynchus cristatus, on Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Marine iguana with blue-footed boobies on Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador © Shutterstock

What about crowds and costs?

In December, the number of tourists in Ecuador can vary from region to region. Coastal cities, due to the warmer weather, especially during the vacation season, may see a greater influx of visitors. Popular attractions and beaches can be much busier.

Quito, the cultural center of Ecuador, may see increased tourist activity, especially around Christmas and New Year.

The Galapagos Islands, known for their unique wildlife, tend to become even more popular at this time, which can lead to an increase in demand for tours and accommodation.

Although prices can be affected by the vacation and holiday season, Ecuador generally remains an affordable destination. It is recommended to plan and book early to get the best deals and avoid last-minute price spikes during peak holiday periods.

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 December

December in Ecuador is a busy month with various festivals and events showcasing the country's rich cultural heritage.

Pase del Niño Viajero (Passing of the Traveling Child)

Pase del Niño Viajero in Cuenca is a lively Christmas parade that sees locals dressed in traditional attire celebrate the birth of Jesus with music and dance. The event brings the community together in a festive celebration.


Basilica Voto Nacional, Quito, Ecuador @ Shutterstock

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Ecuador bursts with colorful lights at Christmas and hosts many events. Families gather for joyous celebrations accompanied by spectacular fireworks and delicious traditional foods. 

The charm extends to cities like Quito and Guayaquil, where dazzling Christmas decorations create a magical atmosphere.

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Bid farewell to the year in lively Ecuadorian style! Quito and Guayaquil host rousing New Year celebrations with spectacular fireworks displays, pulsating parties, and lively public festivities, bringing an energetic start to the new year.

Ready for your dream trip to Ecuador in December?

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.

  • Pristine rainforest - Ecuador's Amazon (8 days): Start your trip in Ecuador's capital Quito with the nearby Cotopaxi volcano. Afterward, embark on an Amazon adventure - a luxury lodge with plenty of river canoe excursions, bird watching, rainforest hikes and more awaits.
  • Diving Adventure in the Galapagos (9 days): The Galapagos Islands are one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. This includes the stunning marine life. Explore it for yourself on this trip, which includes several dives. If you are a beginner - no worries, the course can also be paid for. For experienced divers, different locations can be chosen.
  • The Andean Highway & the Magical Galapagos (10 days): Explore the ancient and modern aspects of the colonial city of Quito. Discover hidden cultural gems nestled between the rocky peaks of the Andes. Finally, admire the breathtaking natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands aboard Archipel I.

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.


Sea lions, Gardner Bay, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador @ Shutterstock

Olga Sitnitsa

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Olga Sitnitsa

updated 31.05.2024

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