Ecuador in July: Fun Outdoor Explorations
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It is technically winter in Ecuador in July, but the weather this time is best described as dry, since the country has little variation in average temperatures throughout the year. A vacation to Ecuador this month falls in the peak tourist season which offers many opportunities for outdoor fun and explorations. You will want to spend every waking moment soaking up the sunshine in the Andes, with nothing but fresh air and blue skies coming your way in July. And in the Galapagos, this is the best time to explore its marine life. Here is a look at some of the things you can expect from “La Tri” during the dry season and why it should be one of your bucket-list destinations.
Ecuador Weather in July
The weather in Ecuador in July is pleasant and mild. Being the dry season, expect plenty of sunshine and good conditions all around. The country’s average temperature is between 8°C and 18°C. The capital, Quito, maintains mild conditions due to its high elevation and you can expect temperatures between 8°C and 17°C. Santo Domingo is another city in the highlands, but it experiences slightly higher temperatures than Quito in July. Here the average temperatures fluctuate between 18°C and 27°C. In the central coastal city of Guayaquil, the mercury hovers between 21°C and 31°C, though it is foggier than at other times.
Puerto Ayora on the Galapagos islands almost reaches its coldest sea temperature in July, measuring around 22°C. This is quite a drop from the high of around 26°C in March.
For a seasonal overview, go through our guide on the best time to visit Ecuador.
Weather in Ecuador in July - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||18||17||17||17||17||18||18||19||19||18||18||18|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||8||8||9||9||9||8||8||8||8||8||8||8|
|Avg Daily (°F)||64.4||62.6||62.6||62.6||62.6||64.4||64.4||66.2||66.2||64.4||64.4||64.4|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||46.4||46.4||48.2||48.2||48.2||46.4||46.4||46.4||46.4||46.4||46.4||46.4|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||70||100||90||70||60||40||20||40||70||80||60||50|
Why Visit Ecuador in July
The dry season is at its peak in Ecuador in July and visitors swarm from all over for the excellent conditions. Here are some reasons why you too should plan your holiday in Ecuador in July:
- Paseo del Chagra: This festival takes place in July, where the mountainous town of Machachi celebrates the skill and tradition of Andean cowboys with a colorful parade of horses, cattle, Andean music, and dances.
- Fiestas Julianas: Guayaquil becomes a center for celebration as they mark renowned freedom fighter Simon Bolivar's birthday on the 24th of July, as well as the city’s founding on the 25th.
- Hike the Quilotoa Loop: The dry conditions make the soil hard and easier for hiking Ecuador’s spectacular Quilotoa hiking trail. What’s more, you will be blessed with clear blue skies and great vistas.
- Galapagos marine life: July is one of the best months to see large sea creatures like whale sharks and sea lions in the waters around the Galapagos Islands.
Where to go and what to do
If you visit Ecuador in July, you are guaranteed to want to spend most of your time outdoors. Whether it be for hikes or adventure-filled activities in Ecuador, the mountains are the place to be. Banos is a good place to be, as it is nestled between mountains and forest—essentially the best of both worlds. You can work up a sweat while getting active in the gorgeous weather all day and soak away the cooler evenings in a thermal pool near the active volcano, Tungurahua.
One of the best places to go in Ecuador in July is Parque Nacional Yasuni. The park’s treetops are home to tons of colorful birdlife and exotic mammals from the elusive sloth and tapir to the vibrant Ecuadorian amazon parrots. In July you can take on the canopy walkways that wind discreetly through the jungle to see these fabulous creatures. You can also hop in a canoe on the Amazon waters to see lower-level animals up close too.
For a more authentic experience, you can hit the trails and explore the country’s remote corners on foot, as hiking is no doubt the main attraction in Ecuador in July. There are several hikes around Quito and the volcanic areas of Parque Nacional Cotopaxi. You can also enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, and even bungee jumping in many highland areas.
The coastal strip is one of the less popular places to visit in Ecuador in July, but this means you might be able to get a good deal in places like Puerto Lopez, where foggy conditions deter the masses. It is a great place to visit regardless of the weather, as you have easy access to both hikes and rainforest experiences. What is more, you can hop on a boat to Isla de la Plata to see masses of giant marine animals around the island.
Look at our breakdown of how many days to spend in Ecuador to make sure you do not miss a thing.
July in Ecuador is one of the busiest months of the year and you will be struggling to try and find good deals. But if you plan well enough in advance, you will be rewarded with amazing weather and some of the best outdoor conditions any nature lover can ask for. Speak to our local travel experts for a tailor-made Ecuadorian trip and avoid missing out on an exhilarating adventure.
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