Weather in Ecuador in May

Planning a trip to Ecuador in spring? Find out everything you need to know about temperatures, rainfall and humidity levels in this guide to the weather in Ecuador in May. It will equip you for the climate, and help you plan an unforgettable adventure in Ecuador.

What is the weather like in Ecuador in May?

May is a transitional period in Ecuador's weather patterns, marking the end of the rainy season in some regions. Coastal areas such as Guayaquil experience warm temperatures of around 26°C (79°F), creating pleasant conditions for beach holidays. 

Highland areas, including Quito, maintain a mild climate with temperatures averaging around 15°C (59°F). Meanwhile, the Amazon region remains warm and humid, with rainfall decreasing during this transitional period.

The Galapagos Islands also enjoy pleasant weather during this period, making it an ideal time for wildlife enthusiasts to explore unique ecosystems.

It's important to note that Ecuador's diverse geography contributes to climate differences around the country. Although coastal areas experience occasional drizzle, overall the weather in Ecuador in May makes it one of the best times to visit the country. 

This is because, at the time, the weather maintains a balance between comfortable temperatures and moderate rainfall.

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Cathedral in Cuenca, Ecuador @ Shutterstock

Is Ecuador warm in May?

Yes, the weather in Ecuador in May is generally warm. On the coast, temperatures hover around 26°C (79°F), creating pleasant conditions for beach lovers.

In the highlands the climate remains mild with average temperatures around 15°C (59°F), while the Amazon region is warm and humid, and rainfall is reduced.

May is typically part of the dry season, making it a good time for outdoor activities and exploring cultural attractions.

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Is May a good time to visit Ecuador?

May is a great time to visit Ecuador, offering a variety of activities in different regions of the country. On the coast, warm weather lends itself to beach vacations, water sports and coastal exploration. 

In the highlands, the mild climate creates ideal conditions for cultural excursions, hiking and exploring Andean landscapes. The Amazon region, with its warm and humid environment, provides opportunities for rainforest immersion, wildlife watching and river excursions.

The Galapagos Islands also enjoy pleasant weather, making May an optimal time for snorkeling, diving and wildlife tours. 

All in all, May caters to a wide variety of interests, whether it's coastal relaxation, cultural immersion in the highlands, rainforest adventures or unique wildlife encounters in the Galapagos.

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

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

What about crowds and costs

In May, Ecuador offers you the best balance between the number of tourists and the costs. This transitional period is not as crowded as the peak tourist months, which makes for a more relaxed experience. While popular destinations may see a moderate influx of tourists, it hasn't yet reached the level of the high season.

In terms of cost, May is also considered an affordable time to visit. Accommodation and entertainment prices remain at reasonable levels, providing good value for money. Although prices may be slightly higher in tourist areas, the overall cost remains favorable compared with high-season months.

Thus, May is a good time for those looking for a more budget-friendly — but still vibrant—  experience in Ecuador.

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 May

May in Ecuador brings cultural festivals and colorful events that offer a unique insight into the country's rich traditions:

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is a religious holiday celebrated throughout the country in Ecuador. The holiday is celebrated with processions, music, and dancing, and in cities such as Cuenca, it is adorned with intricate floral carpets spreading in the streets. 

This visually stunning tradition adds cultural significance to the event, attracting locals and visitors alike to see the intricate performances that contribute to the vibrant and spiritual atmosphere of Corpus Christi.

Woman dancing and wearing the traditional folk costume from Ecuador © Raquel Pedrosa/Shutterstock

Woman dancing and wearing the traditional folk costume from Ecuador © Raquel Pedrosa/Shutterstock

Battle of Pichincha

May 24 marks an important event in Ecuador's history, the Battle of Pichincha. The day is celebrated throughout the country to commemorate the decisive battle that took place in 1822 atop the Pichincha volcano and led to Ecuador's independence from Spanish rule. 

The capital Quito hosts various events including military parades, cultural performances and patriotic ceremonies. These celebrations serve as a vivid reminder of Ecuador's struggle for freedom and sovereignty. Locals and visitors alike participate in these celebrations, creating a sense of national pride and unity.

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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.

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El Angel Ecological Reserve, 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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