In Ecuador the range of different terrains means that almost any desired climate or micro-climate can be found. Whether or not there are adequate towns and services available in the place where the desired climate can be exists is a different matter. Ecuador straddles the equator and a full range of tropical climates can be enjoyed. The Pacific coast provides plenty of sandy beaches under a warm Sun. Inland there is the tropical rainforest in the Amazon basin. Between are the twin ridges of the Andean mountain chain which produces, at altitude, the more temperate areas as well as Alpine conditions. The Galapagos Islands have their own and different climate. In fact some nine different climates can be identified.

Statistics, charts and pictures relating to the Ecuadorian climate are easily available. Descriptions of the climate can also be found. General and location specific climate information details can be discovered. The micro-climates relevant to likely retiree areas is provided by the RetirePedia site. It is commonly stated that all four seasons can be experienced in one day in Ecuador and that the only predictable thing about the weather is its unpredictability. Wet weather gear should always be carried and care should be taken when the frequent fogs and mists occur particularly when driving or flying.

The links at the "Resources" tab on this site and the book "How to Retire in Ecuador" by Les Johns will add to the above points. This book is available for purchase directly from this site.


Natural or Sun time is a function of the earth’s rotation on its axis. As the earth turns from west to east so the Sun rises later in locations west of any given location. Amanda Briney describes the relationship between longitude and time in more detail than is needed here. There are a number of web sites that allow a display of time at various places around the world.

Ecuador is a small country and it does not spread across many degrees of longitude. The precise location of the country is demonstrated on the Maps of World site and that of the Galapagos Islands is shown here. The whole country is in the same time zone and daylight saving is not observed. The exception to this rule is that the clock in the Galapagos Islands is one hour behind the rest of the country.

A useful facility for keeping track of time can be found at the site and another site provides time information on a more country specific basis. However, the World Clock remains a "standard" in this field of information. The name of a particular Ecuadorian city can be entered in the search rubric.

All aspects of the "time" situation can be further explored via the links at the "Resources" tab on this site and in the book "How to Retire in Ecuador" by Les Johns. The book can be bought directly from this site.