Ecuador, the smallest country in Latin America behind Uruguay, is a major tourist destination thanks to the richness of its landscapes, natural wonders often perched at an altitude of a few thousand metres and deserted by man. Terrestrial paradises raised in the middle of the Pacific Ocean also, with the volcanic archipelago of Galapagos, a rich natural ecosystem listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that extends 1,000 km offshore. As large as half of France, nestled between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is developing on either side of the Andes Cordillera to join the Pacific coast and the Amazon rainforest at both ends. A playground and adventure area to explore with his tourist guide of Ecuador, composed of jungles, huge plateaus, fine sandy beaches, high altitude lakes and a wide range of volcanoes (about forty in total!), active or snow-covered. To go to Ecuador is to enjoy superb treks and breathtaking views, to surf like in Montanita or to meet cocoa producers in the footsteps of the oldest chocolate ever discovered. Ecuador also attracts with its delicious mix of indigenous and colonial cultures that brings together very diverse local populations but always rich in colour and tradition. With as architectural masterpieces, the historic hearts of the capital Quito and Cuenca, wonderfully preserved on the Andean plateau at an altitude of more than 2,500 metres.
When to go to Ecuador?
There is not really a better time to go to Ecuador. The weather on the south coast will be fine from June to December (dry season) and rainier and warmer in the second part of the year, while in the Sierra, the climate is essentially the same all year round (spring) and varies with altitude, although there is still a rainy season from October to May with showers in the afternoon. In the jungle, the rainy season (even if the ambient humidity is continuous) extends from January to May, with heavy daily rainfall, often at the end of the day. Whatever the season, you will have to bring warm clothes, a swimsuit and a raincoat anyway...
The high tourist season extends from June to September, then from November to the end of March. The coastal beaches and Galapagos are popular with Ecuadorian holidaymakers in December, February and March. The other tourist peaks correspond to the many popular and/or religious festivals that take place throughout the year (Holy Week in April, Inti Raymi in June, Mama Negra in October or November, etc.).