Tucked into South America’s Pacific coast, between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is a small country, home to beautifully preserved historic cities and a superb destination for outdoor enthusiasts. In Ecuador you can go hiking, kayaking, surfing, diving, mountain biking, climbing or horse riding, and so much more! This country has a wide variety of landscapes and regions, including the lush Amazonian jungle, the Andean highlands and some great laid-back beaches. The ecological diversity together with vibrant indigenous cultures and beautiful colonial cities make this country a great destination for all type of travelers.
The weather and temperatures generally vary according to region and altitude.. Quito’s climate is spring-like year round. It’s sunny and quite hot during the day, but it may be cold at night. You will need cold weather gear for high altitude hiking and mountain climbing. In the coast and in the rainforest, temperatures are warmer. Generally, the country has two main seasons: the dry season (May to December) and the rainy season (late December through April).
Quito and Guayaquil international airports receive direct flights from a relatively small number of destinations outside of Latin America. From the USA, flights leave from Miami, Atlanta and Houston. If you are coming from Europe, they leave from Madrid and Amsterdam.
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December and January are considered the best months to climb, followed by June and August, the dry summer months. However, many mountains, like Cotopaxi, are quite climbable all year long. You should note in Ecuador snow and glacier conditions are highly variable, therefore technical difficulty may change from day to day. The best time to visit the Galapagos Island is from April to June.If you are planning a visit to the beach, you should go from December to April, during the rainy season, when it is much warmer and sunny.
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