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What is a “Spring-Like” Climate in Cuenca?

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Weather, Living in Ecuador

Curious about the spring-like climate in Cuenca? I’ll do my best to explain it.

There seems to be some confusion online about what the expression “spring-like” actually means. Is it icy cold? Or is it beach weather? Just what does spring-like mean?

What is a “Spring-Like” Climate in Cuenca?

Imagine the Northern US / Southern Canada in the months of May/June. But for 12 months of the year.

In the months of May and June, you’ll see lots of rain, lots of sun. Evenings are cool, days are pleasant and occasionally hot. On overcast days, you’ll need a sweater or a shell jacket.

Cuenca's Springlike Climate

What it doesn’t mean:

  • Snow, ice and frostbite
  • Heatstroke and 40 degrees (Celsius) or 100 degrees (Fahrenheit)
  • Air conditioners or furnaces

What it does mean:

  • It will rain
  • It will be sunny and warm
  • Some days it will be hot
  • The evenings can get cool – especially on clear nights.

If you are thinking about visiting the Andes, and specifically the city of Cuenca, you might wonder what you’ll need.

Check out the annual weather chart for Cuenca Ecuador.

First, here’s what you won’t need on your trip to Cuenca:

  • A snow shovel
  • Skis or crampons
  • Igloo architectural plans
  • Short shorts (yeah, they can stay at home, even if you’re going to the coast. No one likes those . . .)

What you will need:

  • sunscreen and hat (the sun is strong here)
  • raincoat and sweaters
  • warm jammies – (I’m told)
  • A portable umbrella

The cool rainy season is May to August. It is warm and dry the rest of the year. Of course, it can be rainy any time of year. It just rains more in the rainy season – imagine that!

Learn more about Cuenca, Ecuador.

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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.

12 comments… add one
  • Terrance Beavers Feb 16, 2012, 3:20 am

    Thanks so much for the blog article.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  • Sheila Mar 26, 2011, 4:40 pm

    I'm interested in renting a furnished apartment in Cuenca for a month. Any websites you know which would help me?
    Also, do Spanish language schools operate year round?

    • Bryan Haines Apr 26, 2011, 4:03 pm

      Hi Sheila,Spanish schools do operate year round – no problems. Bryan

  • matt Feb 25, 2011, 5:45 am

    Hi Bryan,

    I thinking of coming to Cuenca to teach Enlgish. The salary I've been quoted by the employer is as follows:

    "Salary: $275 per 50-hour adult class, $220 per 40-hour children’s class, $260 per 40-hour Saturday class. Classes run in both 5 and 10 week teaching cycles. Instructors teach at least 3 or 4 classes, and can request more and/or teach tutorials, which are paid at $5.50 per hour. Teachers earn enough to live comfortably in Ecuador, where prices are much lower than in Europe".

    I'm a single guy and aren't too bothered about "living it up". Hiking, mountain biking, good wholesome food and few beers/glasses of wine, basic, but comfy accomodation and I'm fine. Would, say, $220 a week be plenty to rent a decent place and get by?

    Many thanks


    • Bryan Haines Feb 27, 2011, 7:18 am

      Hi Matt – sounds like you’ve found some good work. As I understand, minimum wage (for general laborer) is $260/month. I’ve heard from $2-4/hour as a standard rate for teaching English. At $880/month, you’ll do very well here. Check out our Cost of Living here in Ecuador. If you live just outside of the center, your cost of living will be significantly lower. The bus and taxi systems are excellent here.

      Also, you’ll need a bit of start up cast to buy furniture and appliances. While food and rent are less than Canada/States – appliances are not.

      All the best on your plans.


      • Max Sand Aug 4, 2014, 4:57 pm

        Hi Matt,
        Good to read your post re English teaching. Do you have a CELTA or TESL CERTIFICATE? I’m also looking at the possibility of teaching English in Central or South America next year.

  • Candy Jan 18, 2011, 2:13 pm

    Hi Bryan,

    I’m very confused. Your comment, “The cool rainy season is May to August. It is warm and dry the rest of the year.” seems to contradict everything I have read about the weather in Quito/Cuenca. Wiki and other sites say the wet season is Oct – May. Is that incorrect?


    • Bryan Haines Jan 18, 2011, 5:34 pm

      Hi Candy – great question. I guess the books would know for sure.

      I wrote from our perspective, what we’ve seen. The wet and dry season isn’t like you would see on the coast, in the tropics. All year the sun is strong, and it can rain hard any time of year. In the spring, like end of April and May it rains a fair amount. We’ve had huge rains in February and in August. There is lots of importance put on of the weather of the Andes, but really it is almost the same all year. When its dry, there is more dust in the air.

      What many of our friends say, is that when its hot and sunny in the morning, it will rain in the afternoon – and usually it does. No one listens to a forecast, or knows what the temperature is – because it doesn’t really matter. Everyone prepares for sun and rain. Its a huge difference from what we were used to in Nova Scotia (Canada), where the forecast and/or season could affect our travel plans.

      Sorry I can’t be more specific. The seasons just aren’t that defined here.

      • Candy Jan 19, 2011, 5:59 pm

        Thanks, Bryan. We’ll just have to find out for ourselves when we visit in July! 🙂

        • Dennis A Mar 6, 2014, 3:27 pm

          I’ve been here since September and so far, every day is groundhog day. Seems the same 69 degree temp every day at one point or another. San Diego-like weather every day. Love it.

  • Chris Oct 10, 2010, 9:04 am

    Hi Bryan,

    Thanks for your information.

    I am looking for accurate weather statistics for Cuenca Ecuador.

    The Cuenca's Airport reports statistics only 3 times par day.
    Is this correct?

    Do you know a few weather websites for Cuenca?

    My wife and I are planning to visit Cuenca next year (Summer 2011?).
    We start learning Spanish last month.

    Ottawa, Canada

    • Bryan Haines Oct 25, 2010, 11:26 am

      Hi Chris,

      The wunderground link seems to be pretty accurate. Another link I've found Ecuador Weather also covers much of Ecuador and is updated hourly.

      Hope this helps.

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