Climate and Best Time to Visit the Amazon, Brazil
To help you plan your trip to the Amazon, here is some important information about the regional climate and ideal times to travel.
The Amazon region is located in the North of Brazil and, due to its dense location on the equator, is dominated by hot and humid climate. Temperatures hardly change, which is why the year is not divided into the seasons we know in Central Europe, but rather into dry and rainy seasons.
The dry season in the Amazon lasts mostly from July to December. Nevertheless, even during this time repeated rain showers do occur. In comparison, average rainfall during these months is quite low with 50 mm to 150 mm (2 in to 5.9 in) of precipitation per month. Especially in the afternoons and evenings there can often be showers. The dry season also provides the maximum amount of daily sunlight (5 to 8 hours). Temperatures remain evenly warm to hot with average daily highs of 31 °C to 33 °C (88 °F to 91 °F) and lows of 22 °C to 23 °C (72 °F to 73 °F). Due to the very high humidity, sometimes more than 90 %, the hot weather in the Amazon is often perceived as muggy.
The rainy season in the Amazon lasts from about January to June. During this time there is an average of 170 mm to 310 mm (6.7 in to 12.2 in) of rain per month. Temperatures are similar to the dry season between 22 °C and 31 °C (72 °F to 88 °F). You will only experience between 3 and 6 hours of daily sunlight during the rainy season.
Best Time to Visit he Amazon
In general, the Amazon region can be visited year round. The great variety of animals and plants will swiftly enchant you. However, due to fluctuating rainfall and varying water levels of the many rivers in the Amazon, it would be wise to adhere to some advice to identify the best time to travel.
The rainy season in the Amazon lasts from January to June, but rainfall must be expected constantly. Peak levels usually occur from May to August, so this time is best suited for river cruises. It is also possible to sail the rivers and flooded forest areas (Igapos) with small boats. At lower water levels, some of the tributaries are often not navigable. The advantage of the dry season is that the beaches, which are numerous along the rivers of the Amazon region, are open and can be enjoyed at your leisure.
The best months to observe wildlife are from April to August, when the water level is quite high and you can canoe into almost all parts of the rainforest and discover the native animals in their natural habitat. October and November are especially suitable for fishing, but these months are very hot and dry and the water level is very low. All in all, May to August would be the best time to travel in the Amazon, as the water level is high enough to discover the forests at their best and wildlife can be observed easily.
With one of our Turtle Lodge Travel Packages you can experience the Amazon up close and personal on various excursions and discover the great variety of flora and fauna
Uakari Lodge is about a one-hour flight west of Manaus in the Brazilian Amazon region. The local airport in Tefe is 1.5 hours away from the Mamiraua Reserve, where Uakari Lodge is located. This last part of the transfer is made by boat.
Our expedition cruises on the motor yacht Tucano provide a unique insight into the breathtaking flora and fauna of the gigantic Amazon Rainforest. Our two packages of 5 or 7 days allow you to experience the wonderful Anavilhanas Archipelago and Rio Negro, north of Manaus. During daily small-group expeditions with an experienced English-speaking guide, you will explore Amazon, for example, on canoe tours, piranha fishing trips, rainforest walks, and visits to small Amazon villages.
On our river cruises, you can experience the beautiful Amazon region with its diverse animal and plant life. You can choose from three different routes: Rio Negro, Rio Amazonas (Rio Solimoes), or both. Each cruise offers different exciting excursions, such as boat expeditions, nature hikes, or visits to local communities. Another highlight is wildlife observation. With luck, you might be able to spot monkeys, dolphins, sloths, otters, caimans, and a wide variety of birds.
Juma Amazon Lodge is located 62 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of Manaus, surrounded by the Amazon Rainforest. The lodge is built at the riverside in the middle of the Rainforest. The building and all services are following the rules of sustainability, in order to reduce the impact of tourism in the Amazon. The lodge offers a variety of day trips to the local natural and cultural sights, here you can experience the Rainforest and the Amazon river in all its beauty and diversity.
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is a small charming hotel that brings together nature and comfort in a subtle and harmonious fashion. The hotel prides itself on maintaining the design of the lodge based on the stunning nature and local culture of the Amazon. Guests can go on daily excursions into the Amazon Rainforest to discover this truly natural wonder during their stay.
This package is for adventurous travelers who will be taking part in all activities. The adventure will begin at the Amazon Turtle Lodge in a motorized canoe with your English-speaking guide. During the survival tour you will bring some food along and have to build your own shelter using wood, twigs, and straw. The activities take place in a region that has an ecosystem of lowlands (varzea), highlands (terra firme), flooded forest (igapo), and small channels (igarapes) that are perfect for paddling in canoes and observing wildlife.