Weather in Ecuador in March

Planning a trip to Ecuador in spring? Gain comprehensive insights with this detailed guide to the weather in Ecuador in February. Discover the anticipated weather conditions through detailed descriptions of precipitation patterns, temperature ranges, and humidity levels. This guide will equip you for the climate and help you plan an unforgettable adventure in Ecuador.

What is the weather like in Ecuador in March?

The weather in Ecuador in March varies considerably from region to region. On the coast, where cities such as Guayaquil are located, temperatures are warm, averaging around 27°C (81°F). The weather in this region is usually sunny, creating ideal conditions for beach vacations.

In the highlands, the dry season begins in March. Temperatures are moderate, averaging around 15°C (59°F), providing comfortable weather for outdoor walks and activities.

The Amazon region remains warm and humid in March, with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 32°C (75°F-90°F). It rains constantly in this part of the country, which contributes to the lush green landscapes characteristic of the rainforest.

Overall, March is a good time to explore Ecuador, with warmth and a variety of activities, from beach walks on the coast to cultural immersion in the highlands and adventures in the Amazon.

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Malecon 2000, Waterfront in Guayaquil, Ecuador @ Shutterstock

Is Ecuador warm in March?

Yes, March in Ecuador is usually warm. In coastal areas, temperatures average around 27°C (81°F), creating ideal conditions for beach vacations. 

In highland areas such as Quito, the weather remains mild, averaging around 15°C (59°F), providing a comfortable temperature for outdoor activities, while the Amazon region enjoys warm and humid weather, with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 32°C (75°F-90°F). 

Overall, March has a warm and varied climate, making it a favorable time for a variety of activities throughout Ecuador.

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

Is February a good time to visit Ecuador?

March is certainly a great time to explore Ecuador. The country's diverse regions offer a variety of experiences this month. The coastal areas enjoy warm weather perfect for beach vacations, while the highlands are mild and dry, creating ideal conditions for cultural exploration and outdoor adventures. 

In the Amazon region, the weather is warm and humid, offering a lush backdrop for rainforest excursions. Furthermore, March is a great time to visit the Galapagos Islands, which offer favorable conditions for wildlife encounters. 

Whether you're looking for a beach vacation, cultural immersion, or a unique wildlife experience, Ecuador in March is an enjoyable travel destination.

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Yasuni National Park Biosphere Reserve, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador @ Shutterstock

What about crowds and costs

In March, Ecuador has a balance between tourist numbers and costs, making it an attractive time to visit. Although it is not as crowded as the peak tourist months, popular destinations can see a moderate influx of visitors, especially during the second half of the month. This creates a lively atmosphere without excessive crowds, allowing for a more relaxed travel experience.

As for costs, March is generally considered an affordable time to visit. Accommodation and entertainment prices remain at a reasonable level, offering good value for money. Although tourist areas may see slight price increases, the overall cost remains favorable compared to high season months. 

You can enjoy pleasant weather in Ecuador in March and a variety of experiences without much trouble for the budget. This is the right time for those looking for a balance between affordability and a vibrant tourist atmosphere.

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 March

In March, Ecuador hosts colorful festivals and events that showcase the country's rich cultural heritage:

Carnaval (Carnival)

Carnival is celebrated in late February and early March and is a lively nationwide event with colorful parades, music, dancing and water fights. The festivities create a festive atmosphere, especially in cities such as Ambato and Guaranda.

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Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador @ Shutterstock

Semana Santa (Holy Week)

Semana Santa, celebrated in March or April, is an important event in Ecuador marked by religious processions, reenactments, and cultural events. Cities such as Quito and Cuenca host elaborate processions depicting biblical scenes, providing a cultural and spiritual experience for locals and visitors alike. 

Holy Week celebrations reflect Ecuador's deeply rooted traditions and offer a unique perspective on the country's religious heritage.

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  • The Best of the Mashpi Rainforest and Galapagos (10 days): Start this journey in one of the first cities to receive the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site - Quito, Ecuador! Then, just a few hours away, you'll travel into the lush cloud forests surrounding Quito to visit Mashpi Lodge. You will end this journey in the Galapagos Islands.
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  • 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. Afterward, fly to the Galapagos for a unique wildlife adventure.

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Amazon River, Ecuador @ Shutterstock

Olga Sitnitsa

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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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