Are you planning to visit the Amazon soon? Whether it’s from Ecuador, Brazil, Peru or Bolivia surely you must be wanting to know about what is the climate like, how many seasons are there and what is the best time to visit so that you have the best chance of seeing the exotic wildlife in Amazon.
What you should know first is that tropical rainforest regions like the Amazon don’t have four seasons summer, winter, spring, and autumn. Instead, it has two seasons – the wet (rainy) season and the dry season.
But only a little more than half of the total rainfall occurs during the wet season, and it is hot in the Amazon any time of year, but nominally cooler during the wet season, with average temperatures of 86°F (30°C) compared to the dry season’s 98°F (37°C).
So, it is difficult to say when you can avoid the wet season because it depends on what part of the Amazon you are in.
The weather of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest is as follows. The rainy season is from December to May, and the dry season is from June to December. Rainy reason in Brazil means that there are heavy rains with strong winds to the point where there is flooding.
However, the average temperature ranges from 29-35°C in the daytime and drops around 18-25°C at night time.
The weather of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest is very similar to that of Brazil. The rainy season is from March to July, and the dry season lasts from January to March.
The weather in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest is similar to Ecuador. The rainy season is from November to April with more than 75% of the rainfall occurring in these months. The dry season lasts from May to October with a warm and favorable climate.
The average temperature ranges from 15°C to 32°C and sometimes drops below 10°C. As there are microclimates in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, you will get to experience rain sometimes even though it is sunny.
However, no matter what time you decide to visit, you are guaranteed to see the Amazon River pink dolphins!
The weather of the Bolivian Amazon Rainforest is similar to that of Peru, with microclimates and a dry season lasting from April to September.
So, what is the best season to visit the Amazon?
Although you can visit the Amazon Rainforest all year round, it depends on what you are planning to do and see.
For example, if you want to try the Amazon River Cruise, visit in the rainy seasons – you will feel like you are in the movie “Jungle Cruise”! You can also see monkeys playing and jumping from tree to tree, birds flying and pink river dolphins too!
However, if you want to do some hiking, make sure to visit in the dry seasons because with heavy rains the hiking trails become inaccessible. The paths can be slippery and sometimes dangerous, filled with leeches and mosquitos. So, make sure to pack light but comfortable clothing, hiking gear, mosquito repellents, hiking boots, and raincoats.