Ecuador's mainland climate varies according to altitude. The highlands are drier from June to September and are at their best from July to August with clearer skies caused by higher winds.The jungle has rain all year round but the wettest months are from April to June. The coast is especially hot, humid and wet from January to April.
The Galapagos climate is influenced by ocean currents. It is most popular to visit from December to May as the seas tend to be calmer, warmer for snorkelling, the sun shines and it is generally very hot with sudden showers. The temperature drops from June to November as the Humboldt current reaches up from the south bringing much richer seas and an increase in wildlife activity. However in August and September the sea and land temperatures drop, it is often cloudy and the sea is especially choppy (when many boats put in to dry dock).