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Weather, Hotels, & Family Fun!

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Weather in Quito

Thanks to its interesting location in the Andean mountains, the beautiful capital city of Ecuador boasts a unique climate shaped by its elevation and proximity to the equator. Throughout the year, this vibrant city experiences distinct seasons, each offering its own allure and opportunities for exploration.

From the warm, dry summers to the mild, rainy winters, and even the early mornings that range between 11 °C and 5 °C, Quito’s weather presents a fascinating interplay of elements that greatly influences the local lifestyle and activities. In this blog, we’ll tell you about a bunch of useful stuff you need to know about the weather in Quito, including what to wear, outdoor activities to enjoy, and must-visit places in the city, and a glimpse of the country, as well.

Whether you’re seeking adventure in the Andean landscapes or a leisurely stroll through the historic streets, there’s no shortage of things to do in Quito for every season. Join us as we uncover the secrets of this enchanting city and embrace its ever-changing weather patterns.

Unlocking Quito's Rainy Season:

Top Things to Do, Hotels with Tours,
and Best Accommodations Revealed!

Weather in Quito:
Exciting Activities to Make the Most of Quito's Wet Season!

As the wet season descends upon Quito, typically from October to May, and the temperature fluctuating from 18 °C to 7 °C, the city transforms into a lush and verdant paradise. While rainfall increases and the wind blows colder during this time, it brings about a certain romantic ambiance, perfect for couples seeking intimate getaways, pushed by the love in the air to find warmth in their significant other’s arms. Imagine strolling hand in hand through the rain-kissed streets of the historic center, where colonial architecture and cobblestone alleys exude charm and romance.

For those seeking a more adventurous escape, the surrounding cloud forests and mist-shrouded mountains offer secluded retreats and cozy eco-lodges, ideal for relaxing in nature’s embrace. Many romantic getaways in Quito include enchanting accommodations with panoramic views of the city and certainly an itinerary thoroughly designed to work best with the weather. In order to provide couples with the perfect backdrop for memorable moments together, we trust a detailed must-do list of indoor activities in Quito like ours below, is essential.

Whether it’s snuggling up by a fireplace, indulging in candlelit dinners, or simply enjoying each other’s company amidst the Old Town’s romantic ambiance, Quito’s wet season offers a magical setting for love to flourish.

Sunshine Adventures:
Attractions for Quito's Dry Season Delights!

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During Quito’s dry season, which typically spans from June to September, and the heat ascending from 12 °C up to 20 °C, visitors are greeted with sunny skies and mild temperatures, making it an ideal time to explore the city’s many attractions. The lack of rainfall allows for clear views of the surrounding Andean peaks and provides perfect conditions for outdoor adventures.

From hiking along scenic trails to exploring the historic streets of the Old Town, there’s plenty of activities to enjoy during this time. However, if you ever find yourself lost in the vast ocean of possibilities, Old Town Quito Suites is only one of many hotels with tours in Quito, displaying excursions carefully tailored to help travelers make the most of the dry season, whether it’s venturing into the nearby cloud forests, sightseeing the best attractions around on a cultural city tour, or visiting the indigenous markets.

With comfortable weather and a plethora of tour options available, the dry season is undoubtedly an excellent time to experience all that Quito has to offer. However, given its particular aforementioned location, the time might suddenly change, but a climate stranger to the usual forecast as per the calendar won’t last longer than a couple of days. That’s why we offer alternatives for both and suggest you always ask about the current weather to your travel agents or hotel front desk.

What will you need for your outdoor
or indoor activities in Quito?
What to bring to cope with the weather in Quito?

At the time the wet season envelops Quito, it’s crucial to dress appropriately and pack essentials for exploring the city and venturing into surrounding regions. In Quito and the Highlands, where rainfall is common, waterproof or water-resistant jackets, pants, and footwear are essential to stay dry while exploring the cobblestone streets and lush landscapes. Layering with moisture-wicking clothing is advisable to remain comfortable in the cooler temperatures brought by the rain.

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Additionally, carrying an umbrella or compact rain poncho can provide added protection against sudden downpours, yet you’ll find umbrellas at your disposal year-round only at our lovely Old Town Quito Suites. If heading to the Amazon rainforest, insect repellent, long-sleeve shirts, and pants are crucial to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. Quick-drying clothing and water-resistant footwear are also recommended for navigating through the rainforest’s humid and muddy terrain.

Many hotels in Quito like ours, offer tours and excursions to the Amazon and other regions, providing travelers with the opportunity to explore these diverse landscapes with experienced guides, and these come in handy for spontaneous travelers.

What to bring for the dry season?

Nevertheless, when preparing for outdoor activities in Quito during the dry season, it’s essential to pack accordingly for the city’s unique climate. Opt for light and breathable clothing such as T-shirts, shorts, and comfortable walking shoes to stay cool while exploring Quito’s picturesque landscapes and charming neighborhoods. Additionally, don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect against the strong equatorial sun.

If planning to extend your adventure to the coastal zones or the Galapagos Islands, consider packing insect repellent, swimwear, flip-flops, and a beach towel for seaside excursions, but many hotels in the Galapagos would include a daily towel change and won’t say no in case you need to take them if you bring them back.

In coastal areas, light layers and breathable fabrics are ideal for staying comfortable in the warm and humid conditions, while in the Galapagos Islands, quick-drying clothing and water shoes are essential for snorkeling, diving, and exploring the pristine beaches and marine life. By packing these items, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your outdoor adventures in Quito and beyond during the dry season.

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Hotels with tours in Quito are
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Where to go in the wet season?
There's a lot of things to do in Quito!

During Quito’s wet season, from October to May, visitors can still enjoy a wealth of experiences both within the city and in the surrounding areas of Ecuador. 

Begin by exploring Quito’s historic Old Town, where the charming cobblestone streets and colonial architecture come alive amidst the mist and rain. Quito is also telling its own history through the walks that make it, but you can actually have a glimpse of it by visiting the countless museums located up and down the city; the Old Town one almost at every corner, but there’s a couple of them away that are worth to visit, especially if you were brought here while looking for kid-friendly hotels in Quito like ours.

The Interactive Museum of Sciences (MIC), the Museum of Water Yaku, and the permanent Mitad del Mundo City Chiquitus exhibition display an entertaining way for your children to learn something new and play at the same time. Now you’re in Mitad del Mundo City, you might want to take a look inside the Equator Line Monument Museum or many of the other permanent indoor exhibitions they have there, you can also explore the Botanic Garden of Quito or visit the Casa Guayasamín Museum of Art.

Beyond Quito, you should venture into the lush Amazon rainforest, where the wet season brings the landscape to life with vibrant foliage and cascading waterfalls, or journey to the coastal town of Puerto López to witness the majestic humpback whales that migrate to Ecuadorian waters during this time.

Where to go in the dry season?
There are tons of things to do in Ecuador!

During Quito’s dry season, visitors have the perfect opportunity to explore the city’s rich cultural heritage and venture into the surrounding areas of Ecuador.

In Quito itself, a guest should never miss the chance to wander through the historic Old Town, and marvel at its colonial architecture and picturesque plazas. Take a ride on the TelefériQo cable car to Cruz Loma for panoramic views of the city and surrounding Andean peaks. Also, make sure to visit iconic landmarks, such as the Equator Line Monument, where you can straddle the northern and southern hemispheres, and the Panecillo, home to the iconic winged statue of the Virgin Mary offering breathtaking views of the city.

Beyond Quito, there’s multiple attractions and colorful landscapes in all shapes yet to be discovered around Ecuador, including the lush cloud forests of Mindo, the indigenous markets of Otavalo, and the stunning landscapes of Cotopaxi National Park. For those seeking seaside adventures, the coastal towns of Atacames and Montañita offer sun-drenched beaches and vibrant nightlife, while the Galapagos Islands will absolutely become a top-list paradise retreat for many visitors. Whether immersing yourself in Quito’s cultural delights or exploring the natural wonders of Ecuador, the dry season provides the perfect conditions for unforgettable adventures.

It doesn’t matter what season we are in, Ecuador and its capital city keep numerous locations and attractions at sight, but many more remain unseen as visitors might think “it is not the right time to visit” such a wonderful country. However, rainclouds may hide stunning landscapes, but cultural richness and historical charm are always available.

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Old Town Quito Suites is here rain or shine!

Now we can tell that, regardless of the weather, there are plenty of activities to enjoy both indoors and outdoors. On sunny days, outdoor enthusiasts can explore the city’s picturesque landscapes and charming neighborhoods, perhaps taking a hike along scenic trails in the nearby Andean foothills, renting a bike and winding through the city’s thoroughfares local-style, or enjoying panoramic views from signature lookout points. For those seeking cultural experiences, wandering through the historic Old Town offers a fascinating journey through colonial architecture and landmarks.

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On rainy days, visitors can retreat indoors to explore Quito’s museums and cultural attractions. Alternatively, cozying up in the quiet of their apartment at ours, one of the best hotels in Quito, while sipping a cup of Ecuadorian coffee provides the perfect opportunity to relax and soak in the city’s unique ambiance. Whether rain or shine, Quito offers something for everyone to enjoy, and Old Town Quito Suites is ready to provide our dear guests with either the cool of a carefully arranged last minute day-trip or the warmth of our staff while recommending what to do next.

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