The best times to visit Cuenca for ideal weather are

April 2nd to September 23rd

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Cuenca Travel Info

Weather in Cuenca

Temperature

Average temperatures in Cuenca vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 80th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Cuenca, the hottest months are December, November, and then January. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late December where highs are regularly around 75.9°F (24.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 53.9°F (12.2°C) at night.

Cuenca Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Cuenca Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Cuenca Perceived Temperature (F)

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Cuenca Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Cuenca Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 73 62.7 53.8
Feb 73.2 62.1 53.4
Mar 73.1 61.9 53.5
Apr 72.5 62 52.4
May 72.4 61.8 52.6
Jun 69.7 60.3 51
Jul 69.7 59.5 49.6
Aug 70.7 60.2 49.2
Sep 72.4 61.3 49.2
Oct 73.8 62 51.7
Nov 75.4 62.8 52.2
Dec 74.3 62.8 52.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 22.8 17.1 12.1
Feb 22.9 16.7 11.9
Mar 22.8 16.6 11.9
Apr 22.5 16.7 11.3
May 22.4 16.6 11.4
Jun 20.9 15.7 10.6
Jul 20.9 15.3 9.8
Aug 21.5 15.7 9.6
Sep 22.4 16.3 9.6
Oct 23.2 16.7 10.9
Nov 24.1 17.1 11.2
Dec 23.5 17.1 11.3

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Cuenca are August, June, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early September. For example, on the week of September 3rd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid March with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of March 19th.

When can you find snow in Cuenca? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Cuenca.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Cuenca (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 26% 0 4
Feb 32% 0 3.7
Mar 35% 0 4.3
Apr 21% 0 2.4
May 27% 0 3.6
Jun 12% 0 2.4
Jul 14% 0 1.3
Aug 4% 0 0.5
Sep 12% 0 1.3
Oct 30% 0 3.4
Nov 22% 0 2.6
Dec 20% 0 2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 26 0 10.2
Feb 32 0 9.4
Mar 35 0 10.9
Apr 21 0 6.1
May 27 0 9.1
Jun 12 0 6.1
Jul 14 0 3.3
Aug 4 0 1.3
Sep 12 0 3.3
Oct 30 0 8.6
Nov 22 0 6.6
Dec 20 0 5.1

 

Humidity and Wind

Cuenca has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is September (47.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is March (61.9%).

Wind in Cuenca is usually calm. The windiest month is December, followed by August and September. December’s average wind speed of around 5.2 knots (5.9 MPH or 9.5 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid December where average top sustained speeds reach 11.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Cuenca.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 4.4 Light breeze 8.6 Gentle breeze
Feb 4.2 Light breeze 9.2 Gentle breeze
Mar 3.9 Barely noticeable 8.6 Gentle breeze
Apr 4.2 Light breeze 9.2 Gentle breeze
May 4.1 Light breeze 8.6 Gentle breeze
Jun 4.9 Light breeze 9.4 Gentle breeze
Jul 5 Light breeze 9.7 Gentle breeze
Aug 5.2 Light breeze 9.8 Gentle breeze
Sep 5.1 Light breeze 9.9 Gentle breeze
Oct 4.6 Light breeze 9.6 Gentle breeze
Nov 4.5 Light breeze 10.4 Gentle breeze
Dec 5.2 Light breeze 10.6 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 56.5%
Feb 59.1%
Mar 61.9%
Apr 58.1%
May 59%
Jun 57.6%
Jul 55.6%
Aug 49.8%
Sep 47.8%
Oct 54.3%
Nov 53.3%
Dec 52.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Cuenca?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Ecuador; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 07, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Cuenca, Ecuador is July, followed by January and September. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Cuenca in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 21.8 in November means 21.8% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Cuenca Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 74.3°F (23.5°C) and 71.1°F (21.7°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 11 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 4 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Cuenca, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 75.9°F (24.4°C) and 71.5°F (21.9°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 9 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Cuenca to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 74.8°F (23.8°C) and 71.8°F (22.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 9 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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