We’ve been to the beaches of Ecuador twice now and each time, after about three days our persistent Cuenca sniffles completely cleared up. We attribute this to the fact that the sun shines almost every single day and there are no mold issues inside the hostels and hotels that we were staying at or anywhere that the eye could see.
This time we’re in Beautiful Salinas Ecuador where relative humidity is about the same as, or a little higher than in Cuenca according to humidity readings for both areas and online weather forecasts.
(More on this later …so stay tuned to this blog for updated weather/climate conditions in Cuenca EC.)
Salinas is the driest of the coastal beaches with an annual rainfall of about 23 inches. Ouch! Although Salinas coast has a rainy season, it still does not rain all that much. In the three weeks we were in Salinas it only rained, which was actually only a trickle of rain, one time. Because of the lack of cloud cover, the rest of the time it was sun, sun, and more sun. Forgot what that was like, here in Cuenca. Saying that the sun is strong here in Salinas is like saying the Grand Canyon is a hole in the ground. You don’t want to be walking around under it in the afternoons.
Ecuador Coast at Rainy Season
The first time we went to the beach we were at the central coast of Ecuador during rainy season. It rained almost every day and our persistent sniffles still dried up. We attribute this to sunnier days that can actually dry out the air with the effect of less prevalence for mold and mildew to grow.
Humidity levels are a bit higher on the coast of Ecuador than in Cuenca but it is warmer with longer, sunnier days which help to dry things up, even your lungs and nasal passages. Besides that, swimming in the ocean and getting salt water into your pores is good for you and actually heals sickness, not only that but just breathing in salt air every day is really healthy. The best way to truly absorb good ole vitamin D into your system is through pure sunshine and the best place for that in Ecuador is at the Salinas playas!