Weather in Ecuador in February

Planning a trip to Ecuador in winter? FInd out everything you need to know from this detailed guide to the weather in Ecuador in February. Covering rainfall, temperature ranges, and humidity levels, it'll equip you for the climate and help you plan an unforgettable adventure in Ecuador.

What's the weather like in Ecuador in February?

The weather in Ecuador in February varies significantly across its diverse regions. The coastal areas, including cities like Guayaquil, typically experience warm temperatures averaging around 26°C (79°F). Meanwhile, the highlands, such as in Quito, are cooler with averages of 15°C (59°F). At the same time, the Amazon region is warmer and more humid.

Rainfall in February can be quite pronounced, especially along the coast and in the Amazon. The coast sees around 200 mm (7.9 inches) of rain, while the highlands receive about 100 mm (3.9 inches). 

This makes February one of the wetter months to visit Ecuador, particularly in the coastal and Amazon areas. This can impact outdoor activities and transportation plans.

February falls in the high season for the Galápagos Islands due to the wildlife viewing opportunities. However, for the mainland, it's more of a shoulder season because of the rain, though the Carnival season can see a spike in local tourism. 

In summary, you should plan for varied conditions — warm and sunny days interspersed with rainy periods — and be prepared for changes in outdoor activities and travel itineraries.

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Cotopaxi El Panecillo, Quito, Ecuador @ Shutterstock

Is Ecuador warm in February?

In Ecuador in February, temperatures vary from region to region. On the coast, warm weather is expected with temperatures averaging around 26°C (79°F). In the highlands, temperatures are milder and hover around 15°C (59°F), while the Amazon region tends to be warmer and more humid.

Temperatures are warm in coastal areas and the Galapagos Islands, making February ideal for beach vacations, snorkeling and wildlife excursions.

Cooler temperatures in the highlands are ideal for cultural sightseeing, hiking and enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Andes.

In the Amazon, warm and humid conditions provide excellent opportunities to explore the rainforest, spot wildlife and immerse yourself in nature.

Set on taking a trip this winter? Read up on the best places to visit in February.

Is February a good time to visit Ecuador?

Yes, February is a favorable time to visit Ecuador, offering a mix of experiences across its diverse regions. 

Coastal areas enjoy warm temperatures, making it an excellent time for beach activities. In the highlands, the weather is milder, ideal for exploring cultural sites and hiking. The Amazon region provides a unique opportunity for rainforest adventures. 

While rain can be expected — especially along the coast and in the Amazon — February marks the Galápagos Islands' high season, as it's a great month in terms of showcasing wildlife. 

Whether you're seeking beach relaxation, cultural exploration, or nature adventures, Ecuador in February provides a balanced mix of favorable conditions.

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Amazon, Ecuador, Lumix, Oriente @ Shutterstock

What about crowds and costs?

In Ecuador, February sees moderate crowds, striking a balance between the bustling high season and quieter times. This period is particularly lively due to the Carnival season, attracting both local and international tourists, yet it's not overwhelmingly crowded. 

Costs in February are generally reasonable, though there might be slight increases in tourist areas due to Carnival festivities. Accommodation and tours remain affordable, though, making Ecuador an attractive destination in terms of budget.

In short, February is a good time to visit if you are seeking a vibrant cultural experience without peak season prices or crowds.

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.

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Middle of the world in Quito  @ Shutterstock

Festivals and events in Ecuador in February

February in Ecuador is a lively and colorful month, filled with various festivals and events that reflect the country's rich cultural heritage. Here are some notable celebrations:

Carnaval (Carnival)

Celebrated throughout Ecuador, Carnaval is a vibrant and energetic event leading up to Lent. The festivities include parades, lively music, dancing, and the famous "carioca" – a playful tradition where people spray each other with foam and throw water balloons. 

Large cities host parades and cultural events, while smaller communities have local celebrations with unique traditions.

Fiesta de la Fruta y de las Flores (Festival of Fruits and Flowers)

Held in Ambato, this festival is a tribute to the city’s recovery after a devastating earthquake in 1949. It features fruit and flower displays, parades, beauty pageants, concerts, and cultural performances. The festival symbolizes the resilience and spirit of the Ecuadorian people.

Dia de los Amores (Day of Love)

Similar to Valentine’s Day, this day is celebrated throughout Ecuador with romantic dinners, love-themed events, and the exchange of gifts and flowers.

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Train traveling Devils Nose, Alausi, Ecuador  @ Shutterstock

Ready for your dream trip to Ecuador in February?

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 canoes, 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.

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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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