The highlands continue to have the rainy season pattern of morning sunshine and afternoon showers; the Oriente and coast remain generally sunny but with periodic rainstorms.

Founding Day, Cuenca

The anniversary of Cuenca’s founding runs over several days near April 12 and is one of the biggest events in the southern highlands. Locals celebrate with live bands, parades and elaborate fireworks-laced floats, while food stalls along the river draw daytime crowds.

Independence Battle of Tapi

Riobamba’s biggest night out, April 21, revolves around the historic 1822 battle. Expect an agricultural fair, with the usual highland events: street parades, dancing and plenty of traditional food and drink.