Weather in Ecuador in October

Get ready for your autumn trip with our guide to the weather in Ecuador in October. Find out what this month presents when it comes to rainfall, temperature, and unique experiences, so you can prepare for an unforgettable adventure.

What is the weather like in Ecuador in October?

In October, Ecuador invites you to a weather wonderland that sees each region boast its own unique atmosphere. On the coast, in places like Guayaquil, temperatures range between 21°C and 32°C (70°F-90°F), creating ideal conditions for beach vacations.

Head up into the highlands of the Andes and you'll find Quito bidding farewell to the dry season, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 21°C (50°F-70°F). 

Meanwhile, the Amazon rainforest, with its combination of rainfall and humidity, reveals its lush, green charm in the likes of Tena and Puyo.

The Galapagos Islands — a year-round stunning destination — also become hot in October, attracting wildlife lovers with a surge of warmer temperatures. 

Overall, the weather in Ecuador in October offers the best of coastal warmth, high-altitude cool and the wild wonders of the Amazon and Galapagos. 

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Galapagos islands turtle @ Shutterstock

Is Ecuador warm in October?

October in Ecuador is a delightful combination of warmth and coolness. On the coast, temperatures range from 21°C to 32°C (70°F-90°F), creating ideal beach weather. 

In the highlands of the Andes, the end of the dry season offers mild days with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 21°C (50°F-70°F). The Amazon rainforest, on the other hand, sees a lush mix of rain and humidity. 

It's a transitional month that combines the best of both worlds, so whether you prefer sunshine on the coast or coolness in the highlands, the weather in Ecuador in October caters for all tastes.

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Is October a good time to visit Ecuador?

October is the perfect time to explore Ecuador's diverse landscapes. Warm beach temperatures await you on the coast, while in the highlands of the Andes, the end of the dry season provides comfortable temperatures for exploration.

The tropical Amazon forests, with their lush greenery, beckon nature lovers, while the Galapagos Islands have warmer temperatures that are ideal for wildlife watching.

Although rainfall is somewhat variable, October provides a unique combination of climatic conditions. There are fewer crowds of tourists at this time than during peak season, and it's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of Ecuador while enjoying a delightful and more relaxed trip.

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The weather in Ecuador in October is pretty hot all over. Ecuadorian Amazon © Dr Morley Read/Shutterstock

What about crowds and costs?

October in Ecuador typically sees fewer tourists than the peak months, making it an attractive time for travelers who are seeking a more relaxing vacation. 

With fewer tourists, popular attractions may be more accessible, which can lead to finding more budget-friendly accommodation options.

Although October is considered a transitional month in terms of weather, lower demand often contributes to reasonable prices. 

Overall, visiting in October presents a great opportunity for those looking to explore Ecuador with more space and budget flexibility.

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 October

Ecuador in October offers a variety of cultural and traditional festivals that provide an exciting backdrop for visitors.

Lord of the Miracles Procession

In October, Quito comes alive with the deeply spiritual Lord of Miracles procession, bringing together thousands of people in honor of a revered religious icon. This poignant event is a profound experience marked by heartfelt rituals and pious expressions of faith. 

During this culturally significant celebration, you'll get to witness the spiritual heart of the city beating as devotees come together in an atmosphere of reverence and unity.


Shaman, Ecuador @ Shutterstock

Montubio Rodeo in Babahoyo

On 12th October, Babahoyo hosts the spectacular  a vibrant celebration that puts Ecuador's cowboy culture in the spotlight. Get in the saddle to take part in exciting rodeo competitions that see skilled riders showcase their skills. 

At the same time, you'll be able to immerse yourself in cultural festivities, including traditional music and dance — a dynamic and exciting spectacle that captures the essence of Ecuador's rich heritage and cowboy traditions. 

In short, Montubio Rodeo is a rousing celebration that sees the community come together to celebrate their cultural roots.

Ready for your dream trip to Ecuador in October?

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 Highlights - Amazon & Galapagos (12 days): Three dream destinations in Ecuador await: discover the colonial city of Quito and Otavalo before heading to the Amazon. Guided boat tours will explain flora, fauna and the indigenous customs to you. Afterwards, explore the fascinating Galapagos islands.
  • Luxury Andes and Galapagos (14 days): Combine Ecuador's mainland, visiting Cotopaxi volcano, the fascinating city of Quito, the market in Otavalo, hot springs in Papallacta and more, with the unique wildlife and nature of the Galapagos. A once in a lifetime trip with extraordinary hotels and lodges awaits.
  • Luxury Galapagos Cruise & Mainland Highlights (17 days): Seven nights on a luxurious super yacht in the Galapagos - explore the natural wonders of this island paradise in style. Afterwards, fly to the mainland and discover Ecuador from Guayaquil to Quito. Volcanoes, waterfalls, markets, and much more are to be discovered.

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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Train Ride, Devils Nose, Nariz Del Diablo, Ecuador © 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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