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climate seasons in the amazon region

The Amazon Rainforest is recognized for having both seasons: the flooded and the dry season. Both offer rich rewards, fabulous sights, amazing opportunities to view plant and animal life, hot weather and some rainy days.

The Amazon basin is rich, lush, and green because it receives an abundance of rain all throughout the year. Even though every year the global warming is increasing, the Amazon adds up to 200 rainy days, which means that there will be days of heavy rain during the dry season.

Two important facts to have in mind as you choose to visit between flooded season or dry season: 
Fact #1: there will be guaranteed rain whichever season you choose
Fact #2: you will see spectacular wildlife, stunning plant life and breathtaking landscapes, whether you go in wet or dry season. 

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graphic: water level all throughout the year in the amazon region

traveling the amazon during wet season

Flooded Season runs from December through April. It is cooler and wet season, but don't forget that we get only a little more than half of total rainfall during the flooded season, and it is warm weather in the Amazon all throughout the year. During the flooded season the average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees cooler than in the dry season. Much of the increase in water levels during the wet season is the result of rain in the Andean highlands running off into the affluent of the Amazon River, rather than a large increase in rainfall in the Amazon region. 

 

Advantages of traveling at high-water season:

The rivers and streams can get 10 meters higher, letting us to navigate through every river, creek and lake, getting to explore more of the waterways of the vast world of water in this region, and you will have access to plant life and wildlife areas that you might miss during the dry season.

Also, those extra 10 meters put travelers much closer to the jungle canopy, where monkeys play and beautiful birds like to roost. In fact, visitors are very likely to see many more mammals, monkeys and other species during the flooded season. During the high-water season grow many plants fruits and flowers, making observation of birds and monkeys along the rivers edge a bit easier as they feast upon the abundance of tropical fruits and blooms.

Disadvantages of traveling at high-water season:

Areas to walk and hike are limited at this time, there will be more mosquitoes than in the dry season when hiking trails are found. Fishing is more limited during these months too, but we still have close to a 50% chance to get out the rod and reel and make a catch.

traveling the amazon during dry season

The Dry Season in the Amazon region goes from June through December. This is the warmer season, with temperature getting 36 degrees Celsius, and, despite the warmness, the dry season still gets some heavy rains.

Trails and jungle paths that are flooded during wet season are now easily accessible by trekking and hiking, allowing visitors to explore deep in the jungle by foot and fewer mosquitoes will be found than during the flooded season.

Advantages of traveling at low-water season:

During this season it is much easier to spot snakes and lizards, and fishing is much easier - you'll do well not to catch a piranha! And while the lower river levels mean that you are farther from the birds that roost in the jungle canopy, you will have the chance to see dozens of species of migratory birds in flight, something you would completely miss during the flooded season.

The dry season is a time when the waters are at their shallowest, but with its charms. In the low water, fish concentrate in the shallows by the millions to spawn. During this period, fish attract every type of tropical fishing bird including storks and spoonbills. The Amazon's crocodile, Caiman, are also much in evidence as they nest in the dry season, taking advantage of the abundance of fish. 

Disadvantages of traveilng at low-water season:

Water levels are about 10 meters lower, making inaccessible most of creeks and lakes.

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