June 11, 2016

When Is The Best Time of Year to Visit Cuenca Ecuador? Updated 2016

Updated 2016 since we’ve lived in Cuenca Ecuador over 5 years we pretty much know what to sort of expect when it comes to the weather. We say sort of because the Andes Mountains weather is not written in stone, meaning anything can happen.
 

Having said all that, Cuenca’s weather is about the same throughout the year. The northern spring, going into Ecuadorian winter is supposed to be rainy season, which is March, April, May and June. However, the mornings are usually pretty nice and then it rains later in the afternoon or during the night when most people are sleeping. 
Solano Bridge Cuenca Ecuador
 Update 2016 – Cuenca is just about getting out of rainy season and into much dryer weather. Yaaay.

The dry season is supposed to be July through December, but here in the highlands of the Andes it can and will rain at any given moment and without a lot of warning. This is why having an umbrella handy is a prudent thing to have with you.
 

After you have lived here for awhile and experienced a few seasons you’ll come to realize in Cuenca you never know what to expect. It may rain very heavily, or it may just sprinkle, just be prepared for three seasons in one day. We usually wear a t-shirt or short-sleeve blouse under a sweater or heavier long sleeve shirt, plus we keep a light rain jacket in our backpacks with an umbrella just in case.
 

When Is The Best Time to Visit Cuenca?
 

When is the best time to visit Cuenca? In our experience the best weather we have seen for two years in a row is in the winter-time here, which is the North Countries summer-time. However, even when it rains here, it usually does not last but maybe a half hour and then it stops and the sun usually comes shining through the clouds and warms everything back up again.


Update  2016 - last year the winter was not as sunny and nice.. You could say it was more wintry and colder, locals said the unusual weather was because of El Nino and maybe it was.
 

There is not a lot of temperature change throughout the year. The days are 65 to 70’s and the night times temperatures are 40’s, 50’s.  And about 359 days out of the year Cuenca is partially cloudy.
We’re now going into winter (it’s May) and it is starting to be sunnier and less cloudy each week. Starting in June it will be drier and more sunshine throughout the day. Maybe!
 

Update 2016 – This June 2016 (so far) has been rainier than usual but that will soon change and Cuenca will start to see sunnier days starting in July. There’s going to be way more sunshine, less rain and beautiful warm afternoons...hopefully.
 

In the winter (July thru September) you can expect to wake up to colder  mornings until about noon. Going outside and walking in the sun will warm you up. Evenings are cooler too and you’ll want to bring a sweater.
 

Normally, Cuenca days will have some clouds but it won’t be so overcast so that it seems like it’s going to rain at any moment.  Winter afternoons can paradoxically feel rather hot under the Ecuador sun and you’ll want to be prepared and dress in layers for this. Because there is more sun in the winter here, You’ll want to have a sunhat to shade the bridge of your nose and forehead or use sunscreen on the sensitive areas of your face and on the nape of your neck, or you will burn!
 

BTW, sunscreen is VERY expensive here, compared to the states, so you will want to bring some with you in your checked luggage. Do not bring sunscreen in your carry-on because the airport personnel might just take it from you. Here's some other things you will want to have with you when you travel to the Andes.
 

Things to Bring with You to Cuenca 
  • Sunhat or ball cap
  • Sunglasses   
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes  
  • Long sleeves and or sweaters for evenings
  • Light sweater/jacket/parka   
  • Fold up umbrella   
  • Laptop or favorite handheld electronic 
  • Backpack for carrying your water bottle, umbrella, and sweater
  • If staying downtown in a hostel or hotel you might consider earplugs
  • Warm P.Js in case it gets below 40’s during the night 
  • Any medications you might need
  • If you have the DIY Cuenca Landing Guide, Print out the maps and information that is essential to your trip- or buy the print book. :-)
  •  Sign up to Skype before you leave to call home or have a magic jack number 
  • Small Bills (100’s are difficult to cash here) 
  • Have pertinent/personal information in the cloud just in case something happens (lost or stolen, blows-up) to your computer
Cuenca is a great place for a vacation and as you can see there is not a lot of seasonal changes in the year; it might just rain a bit more in the months February through May. The temperatures don’t change that much either. So in that respect, Cuenca is a wonderful city to visit and become acquainted with any time of the year!
 

Updated 2016 – If you like sunnier days and less rain then travel here in the months of July through September. If sunny days and less rain aren’t something you care about then come anytime. Cuenca is waiting for you!
 

You can read more about Cuenca Ecuador Weather here. 
Until we write again, see below for more articles about the weather in Ecuador.

We're an Expat family of five currently living in Cuenca Ecuador but that might change soon so stay tuned and follow us along on our Ecuador adventures!

5 comments:

  1. Great! I will be coming soon. Thanks for the list of things. I will be sure and buy your landing guide after I buy my plane ticket.

    It would be nice to bump into you all while I'm there. I think I'll find a hostel over there and try to stay for 3-4 weeks (to spend some time in Quito, too, and maybe some other spots).

    I will bring my laptop, but I do worry about leaving it behind in my room. On the other hand, I don't want to lug it everywhere I go. What do you all recommend in this regard?

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  2. You can have your laptop with you as long as its in your pack and does not show, while walking around. You can leave it in your room, again, you will want to not leave it out where everyone can see it. Prudence, is not just a girl's name.

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  3. Hola guys and family, Since you're from the US where it can go for long periods without rain (unless in Seattle) do you just get used to the cloudy days and spotty rain?

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  4. Can I stay for 3 months on just a Passport?

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