Activities and Weather
While offering a world of relaxation and adventure, travel also brings with it a change of climate, culture, altitude, physical routine, and diet that can be stressful on your body. This Amazon tour requires a level of physical fitness beyond traditional vacations, including hiking in high heat and humidity. Many people use their departure date as a target for getting into shape – excellent idea. We especially recommend conditioning of the legs, lungs and heart. You'll only be taking day hikes and canoe trips at the jungle lodge, but exploring in the Amazon heat is more strenuous for anyone that is unaccustomed to this type of activity. You certainly do not have to be an athlete, but you do want to be in good health and condition in order to get the most from your trip. And don’t forget – if you are buying new gear, be sure to try it out and break in those hiking boots!
Weather in the Amazon
The Amazon Rainforest is characterized by rain, heat and more rain and heat, providing the perfect environment for plants and wildlife! The Amazon is always humid with generous amounts of rain occurring year-round. Both the rainy and “rainier” seasons are great times for an Amazon tour. The season with the most rain can be considered a prime time to visit because there tends to be an increased amount of animal activity. An increase in rain brings higher levels of fruit production, which means that many species (including monkeys and fruit-eating birds) are more active and begin their reproductive cycles. No matter how much we would love for all our travelers to have successful wildlife viewing, the bottom line is animal spotting is generally based on pure luck! The Amazon is a unique, unpredictable place, so to ensure the best experience possible it is necessary to come prepared for the unexpected! If nothing else, the Amazon’s whether is predictably unpredictable.
The Ecuadorian Amazon is rainy, humid and warm! The rain becomes more frequent in March and continues through July. August thru early December is more of a “fluctuation season,” meaning that it can rain one minute and be sunny the next. This fluctuation makes it hard to classify this time of year as part of the rainy or less-rainy season. January is the start of the least rainy period, a period that continues on until March. Keep in mind that downpours and cool rainstorms can appear unexpectedly anytime of the year, so be prepared for your Amazon tour!
The Peruvian Amazon is also rainy, humid and warm! May to October tends to be the cooler, less precipitated season. From November to April there is a greater chance for heavier rains and warmer temperatures. About eighty percent of rainfall occurs during these months. Rain can last for hours or even days. Average highs and lows range from 62º F at night up to around 93º F during the day. The lowland sections of the Peruvian Amazon can receive approximately two meters of rain annually and have temperatures ranging between 79º F at night to 90ºF during the day. However, come prepared for anything on your Amazon tour; occasional cold fronts can bring temperatures down to a low of 45º F.
Not too surprising, the Bolivian Amazon is rainy, humid and warm as well! There are two main seasons to experience during your Amazon tour: heavy rainfall from November to March, and the season with lighter rainfall from April to September. During the months of heavier rains, there can be intense lengthy rainfall, but also beautiful sunny days. And keep in mind that even in the less rainy season there is a chance for strong rainfall. Temperatures during this period of less precipitation average a temperature of 81º F. During anytime of the year, occasional “Surazos” (storms from the south) may occur, bringing in colder temperatures that reach down to 54º F. Therefore, year-round it is necessary to come ready for all sorts of weather possibilities!