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Best time to visit the Amazon

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking wonders of the Amazon rainforest, a place of unparalleled biodiversity and natural beauty. The Amazon beckons adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and culture seekers alike. But when should you visit? 

The Amazon rainforest is a spectacular marvel that captivates the imagination with its sheer magnitude and extraordinary biodiversity. Spanning across nine South American countries, it’s the largest tropical rainforest on earth. Its dense canopy shelters a stunning array of plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. The Amazon’s role in regulating global climate, providing oxygen, and supporting indigenous communities further enhances its awe-inspiring significance. 

Understanding the seasons and climate in the Amazon is essential for planning a comfortable and rewarding visit. 

Dry season (June to November) 

This is widely regarded as the best time to visit the Amazon. With reduced rainfall, trekking through the rainforest and spotting wildlife becomes more accessible. Average temperatures ranging from 80°F to 90°F provide a pleasant climate, allowing you to fully embrace the wonders of this natural paradise. 

Wet season (December to May) 

These months brings increased rainfall and higher humidity. While trails may be muddier and water levels higher, it will still be a unique experience. The rainforest comes alive with vibrant greenery, and the symphony of sounds envelops you in a mystical atmosphere. Despite the humidity, temperatures remain similar to the dry season, so you won’t get too chilly. 

Let’s delve into the best times to visit each region and discover what makes them so great. 


Bungalow in Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge near Manaus, Amazon, Brazil
Land in Manaus before heading to your earthly jungle lodge. (Photo: Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge)

Visiting the Brazilian Amazon offers a mesmerizing adventure, and understanding the different seasons can help you plan your trip accordingly. The best time to explore is during the dry season, when rainfall is reduced and the river levels are lower. This period allows for optimal wildlife sightings, easier hiking, and more accessible boat trips. Alternatively, the shoulder season of May and December offer a balance between smaller tourist crowds and manageable rainfall. The wet season, from January to April, brings heavy rainfall which can make outdoor activities challenging. 


Sun pool deck on the Aqua Nera Amazon cruise through Iquitos, Peru
Enjoy a cruise from Iquitos as you relish in pleasant amenities and endless views of the Amazon. (Photo: Aqua Nera)

The best time to visit the Peruvian Amazon is during the dry season, where there is less rainfall and lower humidity, making it easier to explore the rainforest and take part in outdoor activities. The shoulder seasons of April and November can also be great choices, as they offer a balance between manageable rainfall and fewer people. The least popular time to visit is during the wet season, when heavy rains can lead to swollen rivers, muddy trails, and limited visibility. 


Jungle lodge at Yasuni National Park by Napo River in Amazon, Ecuador
Yasuni National Park in the beautiful Ecuadorian Amazon

From June to November, the weather in this part of the world is generally drier, making it easier to explore the rainforest, go on hikes, and spot wildlife. In May and December, there’s a slightly higher chance of rainfall, but fewer tourists. Heavy rains and increased humidity from January to April can make trails muddy and river activities challenging.

Festivals and cultural highlights 

If you find yourself in Brazil, don’t miss the Festival of Boi-Bumbá held in Parintins in June. This dazzling event showcases traditional dances, music, and elaborate costumes, immersing visitors in the vibrant spirit of Amazonian culture. 

While not directly in the Amazon region, the Inti Raymi festival in Cusco, Peru, held annually in June, is a magnificent celebration of Incan heritage. By combining a visit to the Amazon with a trip to Cusco, you can experience the Inti Raymi festival, complete with colorful processions, music, and traditional performances. 

The Amazon rainforest is a destination of unrivaled beauty and extraordinary experiences. Whether you choose to explore the Brazilian, Peruvian, or Ecuadorian Amazon, each region offers its own unique allure. Our Destination Experts can craft a trip that will allow you to soak up the wonders of the rainforest, encounter diverse wildlife, and enjoy vibrant cultural celebrations. 

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