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Ecuador Weather in January (Rainfall, Temperatures…) Galapagos, Amazon, Coast, Andes

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Are you planning on a trip to Ecuador in January? Here’s what you can expect from Ecuador weather in January. You’ll learn about temperature, rainfall, humidity, and hours of daylight for each region of Ecuador.

ecuador weather in january

What is Ecuador’s climate? Check out our annual climate chart for all four regions: Galapagos, Coast, Andes, and Amazon.

Each of Ecuador’s 4 regions has unique weather all year long. In this post, you’ll learn about the unique climates from across Ecuador during the month of January.

Ecuador Weather in January (Rainfall, Temperatures and Humidity)

While some small countries have just one climatic zone, Ecuador is mega diverse. There are 4 major regions and even more microclimates.

To help you plan your trip, we’ll cover the four major regions:

  1. Galapagos Islands (Town of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island)
  2. Coast (City of Guayaquil)
  3. Andes (City of Quito)
  4. Amazon (City of Puyo)

Unit of measure: Statistics are listed first in Imperial (°F, feet, inches) and second in Metric (°C, meters, millimeters).

galapagos weather in january

Galapagos Weather in January (Puerto Ayora)

The following statistics are based on the town of Puerto Ayora, located on the southern coast of Santa Cruz Island. This is one of the most popular towns in the Galapagos. From here, you can catch a boat to Floreana or Isabela Islands.

Weather patterns and temperatures don’t vary much from one island to the next.

  • Elevation: 49 feet / 15 meters
  • Hours of Daylight: 12.5 hours

Galapagos Temperatures in January

  • Average High: 87°F / 30.6°C
  • Average Low: 70°F / 21.1°C

Rain in Galapagos in January

  • Average precipitation: 3.2 in. / 82 mm
  • Average days with precipitation: 12
  • Average relative humidity: 78%

One of our favorite places to visit on Santa Cruz Island is Tortuga Bay. Check out our photos and travel guide.

guayaquil weather in january

Weather on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast in January (Guayaquil)

  • Elevation: 30 feet / 9 meters
  • Hours of Daylight: 12.6 hours

Guayaquil Temperatures in January

  • Average High: 88°F / 31°C
  • Average Low: 74°F / 23°C

Rain in Guayaquil in January

  • Average precipitation: 8.8 in. / 220 mm
  • Average days with precipitation: 17
  • Average relative humidity: 75%

Guayaquil is home to one of two international airports in Ecuador and is a popular departure point for travel to the Galapagos Islands. The other international airport is located in Quito – high in Ecuador’s mountains.

quito weather in january

Weather in Ecuador’s Andes in January: Quito

  • Elevation: 9223 feet / 2811 meters
  • Hours of Daylight: 12.5 hours

Quito Temperatures in January

  • Average High: 66°F / 18°C
  • Average Low: 50°F / 10°C

Rain in Quito in January

  • Average precipitation: 4.5 in. / 110 mm
  • Average number of days with precipitation: 13
  • Average Relative Humidity: 80%

Cuenca is located at a slightly lower altitude than Quito and has similar weather patterns. The best way to see Cuenca is on foot. Here’s a half-day walking tour of Cuenca that you can take your kids on.

amazon weather in january

Weather in Ecuador’s Amazon in January (Puyo)

  • Elevation:  3117 feet / 950 meters
  • Hours of Daylight: 12.6 hours

Amazon Temperatures in January

  • Average High: 70°F / 21°C
  • Average Low: 59°F / 15°C

Rain in the Amazon in January

  • Average precipitation: 11.9 in. / 301 mm
  • Average days with precipitation: 31
  • Average relative humidity: 89%

Learn more about Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest.

And that is what to expect from Ecuador weather in January. This is part of a new series about Ecuador weather. Watch for future posts detailing monthly temperatures and rainfall around the country.

Your turn

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Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

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