Many people refer to Cuenca’s climate as an eternal spring. And while Cuenca stays relatively warm year-round, some months may be better to visit than others.
So, when should you visit Cuenca?
When is the Best Time to Visit Cuenca Ecuador?
Cuenca is located 8500 feet above sea level. It’s a picturesque colonial city situated in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. The climate is very much like spring in Canada and the northern United States.
People often think of hot humid weather when they think of South America. But in the Andes Mountains you won’t see extremes of heat and humidity, the climate is moderate year-round.
So, when is the best time to visit Cuenca Ecuador? Cuenca is a beautiful spot to visit year-round, but the best time to visit is during the dry season, June through December.
Cuenca only has two seasons, wet and dry. During the wet (rainy) season there is considerably more rainfall, and it’s at its heaviest during the months of March through May. But don’t worry, if you visit during the rainy season you can still have a great visit. The mornings are usually clear and good for exploring. The rain most often starts in the afternoon, so if you’re planning on being out you’ll want to carry your umbrella.
You may want to plan indoor activities during the afternoon, do some shopping, visit a museum, or relax in one of Cuenca’s many cafes.
What’s the Temperature Like in Cuenca Ecuador?
There is not much of a difference in the temperature range during the year in Cuenca. The average yearly high temperature ranges from the high 60’s to low 70’s in degrees Fahrenheit (high teens to low 20’s in degrees Celsius). And the average yearly low temperature ranges from high 40’s to low 50’s in degrees Fahrenheit (8 to 10 degrees Celsius).
While the temperature does not see that great of a difference on a yearly basis, daily changes are more noticeable. The days start out cool and crisp, it warms up mid-morning, and then the evenings are cool once again.
It’s best to wear a sweater or light jacket when heading out in the morning. As the day warms up you can stow it away, then use it once again as evening comes on.
A hat, sunglasses, and broad spectrum sunblock are also important on a trip to Cuenca (and other Andean destinations). The sun is stronger at high elevations close to the equator, so while the air can feel cool – sun protection is very important.
Most of the buildings in Cuenca do not have heat or air-conditioning. Air-conditioning isn’t usually needed, but you may want to pack warm sleeping clothes.
As the temperature is basically the same year-round, it won’t have much of a bearing on the best time to visit Cuenca Ecuador. That being said, the air in Cuenca is dry (when compared with lower elevations) and it can feel colder during the rainy season when it’s damp and the temperature dips down.
When Will You Visit Cuenca?
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