Weather in Ecuador in September

Get ready for your autumn trip with our guide to the weather in Ecuador in September. 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 September?

The weather in Ecuador in September is a mixture of different conditions, taking you from the sultry coastal Guayaquil to the misty highlands of the Andes. 

On the coast, you'll find sunny days with temperatures of 24°C-32°C (75°F-90°F) — perfect beach weather and an invitation to enjoy the Ecuadorian sunshine.

Meanwhile, in places like Tena and Puyo in the Amazon rainforest, September begins with a symphony of showers and humidity, creating a green paradise for nature lovers. This weather practically begs you to grab your raincoat and embark on a tropical adventure.

As you climb to the top of the Andes where Quito rises, September marks the end of the dry season. Daytime temperatures range between 10°C and 21°C (50°F-70°F). Meanwhile, cool evenings whisper of the approaching change of season.

Don't forget the Galapagos Islands, where the warm season begins in September. Imagine snorkeling in waters ranging from 21°C to 27°C (70-80°F), surrounded by colorful marine life.

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Bartolome Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. Bartolome Island is a volcanic islet in the Galapagos Islands with an amazing viewpoint at the top © Seumas Christie-Johnston/Shutterstock

Bartolome Island, Galapagos, Ecuador © Seumas Christie-Johnston/Shutterstock

Is Ecuador warm in September?

The weather in Ecuador in September brings warmth to different regions. On the coast, temperatures range from 24°C to 32°C (75°F-90°F), creating the perfect beach atmosphere. 

In the Amazon, it's warm with heavy rains, encouraging lush nature. In the Galapagos Islands, the warm season also begins, inviting you to explore the islands in comfortable temperatures between 21°C and 27°C (70°F-80°F). 

However, in the highlands of the Andes, the end of the dry season brings cool days with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 21°C (50°F-70°F) and even cooler evenings. So, be sure to pack warmer clothing when planning a trip to this region of the country.

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

Is September a good time to visit Ecuador?

September is a fantastic time to explore Ecuador's diverse landscapes. On the coast, you can bask on the beach and enjoy a seaside vacation. At the same time, the Amazon rainforest bursts with lush greenery and occasional warm showers.

The Andean highlands enjoy comfortably cool weather —  ideal for exploring historic sites — while the Galapagos Islands boasts warmer temperatures, making it a great season for underwater adventures.

Overall, September combines warmth, coolness, and colorful nature, making it an exciting, balanced time to explore Ecuador.

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Dugout canoe in blackwater stream, Yasuni National Park Biosphere Reserve, Amazon rainforest, Ecuador

The weather in Ecuador in September sees Yasuni National Park Biosphere Reserve in lush livery

What about crowds and costs?

Although September is part of the high tourist season, you may notice a slight drop in the number of tourists compared with the peak months of June through August. 

Nevertheless, it should be recognized that September still attracts a pretty large number of tourists, which affects the demand for popular attractions and accommodation.

As a consequence, the increased demand can affect the cost of accommodation and entertainment. Travelers should be prepared for the fact that prices may increase during this period. 

To effectively manage costs, plan ahead, book your accommodation in advance and explore budget options that will help improve your overall experience.

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 September

In September, Ecuador offers a variety of cultural and traditional festivals that provide an exciting backdrop for visitors.

Yamor Festival in Otavalo

In the first week of September, Otavalo hosts the Yamora Festival, an indigenous cultural festival that celebrates the blessing of the first yamora harvest. 

This event includes colorful parades, cultural contests and lively concerts.

Cotacachi Festival

The Cotacachi Festival runs from 6th-14th September, and is a vibrant celebration of the culture and heritage of Ecuador's indigenous peoples. 

Participants dress in traditional attire and perform ancestral dances, creating a lively spectacle that showcases the region's rich heritage.

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

Women dancing in Ecuador's traditional folk costumes © Raquel Pedrosa/Shutterstock

Festival of the Imbabura Lakes

From 24th-28th September, Ibarra hosts the Imbabura Lakes Festival. Known as the White City, Ibarra not only enchants tourists with its scenic beauty but also celebrates its legends and traditions during this event.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant local culture while enjoying festivities that showcase the city's rich heritage.

Ready for your dream trip to Ecuador in September?

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.

  • Luxury Andes and Galapagos (14 days): combine mainland Ecuador, visits to the Cotopaxi volcano, the delightful city of Quito, the market at Otavalo, the hot springs at Papallacta and more with the unique wildlife and nature of the Galapagos Islands.
  • Galapagos Cruise and Scuba Diving Adventure (10 days): the Galapagos Islands rank as one of the world’s top dive sites, famous for its incredible underwater wonders, and huge quantities of marine life. This package offers a full-day SCUBA diving tour for guests that wish to experience the impressive diving in Galapagos, all in a safe and fun environment.
  • Unique Lodges of Ecuador (10 days): prepare to enjoy the epitome of adventure by visiting not one, but two unique lodges in Ecuador: in the lush and enchanting nearby cloud forest, discover Mashpi Lodge. Afterwards, be ready for the wonders on your doorstep at Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.

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.

Things not to miss: Malecón 2000, waterfront, Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Malecón 2000, waterfront, Guayaquil, 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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