Ecuador in June: Hiking Advice and Weather Tips
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Being so close to the equator, it is hard to determine the right traveling season in Ecuador. But heading to Ecuador in June is your best option as dry conditions complement cool winter nights and pleasant highland weather. Along the coast things also cool down, even if just by a few degrees, and the whole country becomes a tourism hotspot.
Everyone from hikers to birdwatchers and culture vultures heads to Ecuador at this time of the year to enjoy the sunny skies and electrifying atmosphere. The country also hosts some of its most significant traditional festivals with vibrant colors filling the street along with song and dance around this time.
Ecuador Weather in June
The weather in Ecuador in June is simply sublime. The national average temperature in Ecuador ranges between 8°C and 18°C.
Machala on the south coast is one of the warmer places, with temperatures ranging between 22°C and 28°C, while the capital, Quito, is much cooler between 8°C and 17°C due to its high altitude.
Cuenca is one of the coldest places in June with temperatures fluctuating between 6°C and 14°C. In contrast to Cuenca, the coastal city of Guayaquil is hot around this time. Here, the mercury can reach up to 31°C and 21°C in the large coastal city of Guayaquil. The water temperatures in Guayaquil are also pleasant at 24°C in June.
For a seasonal overview, go through our guide on the best time to visit Ecuador.
Weather in Ecuador in June - 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 June
June is one of the most popular months to visit Ecuador, as there are tons of things to do and see during this month. Here are some reasons why you should holiday in Ecuador in June:
- Corpus Christi Festival: This colorful celebration is part of Ecuador’s Intangible Cultural Treasures where People dress up in colorful costumes during an important folkloric festival in Pillaro and display all sorts of traditional and Christian traditions.
- Inti Raymi: For five days around the winter solstice, you can witness the most important cultural celebration in Ecuador. This tradition dates back to ancient Inca times and people across the country don colorful costumes and masks with the most notable celebrations taking place in the Canar Province.
- Hiking season: Hiking is super popular in Ecuador in June. Sunny days and mild temperatures are everything you need for an unforgettable hike in Ecuador’s highlands.
- Animal watching: The giant tortoise and albatross are both very active in the Galapagos area in June and it is also prime whale watching season in Isla de la Plata.
Where to go and what to do
Explore Quito and discover its stunning historical colonial center with a maze of winding lanes and alleys. June is the best time to tour this area as the weather is dry and mild, while the influx of tourists gives it a vibrancy beyond measure. Be sure to climb to the top of El Panecillo to visit the La Virgen de Quito statue that gazes out over the city’s old town and into the mountains in the distance.
Head south of the city to visit Parque Nacional Cotopaxi, home to the snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano. Trek over the hills in June for vivid colors and dry conditions—everything a hiker’s heart desires. If you do not fancy yourself a hiker, you can take advantage of the cable car systems like TeleferiQo that take you high into the hills of the Ecuadorian highlands.
Football fans will be happy to know that June is right in the middle of the LigaPro season. Ecuadorians take great pride in their local teams and attending one of the matches will give you a unique local experience.
The mesmerizing cloud forests at the foot of the Andean mountains are a year-round spectacle. June is however the start of the dry season, marking the best time for bird watching. Birds enjoy prolonged periods without rain and flock into sight in all their colorful glory.
With so much to do in a short time, you should look at our guide on how many days to spend in Ecuador to find the perfect itinerary.
Although the cost of traveling to Ecuador in June rises with increased tourist numbers, you will enjoy the best weather throughout the whole country with plenty of wildlife spotting and outdoor excursion opportunities. It is the most popular season for a reason and it would be a shame if larger crowds put you off from visiting this spectacular country. Speak to our local travel experts to book a customized tour of Ecuador in June.
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