What to Expect
The Amazon’s climate is heavily influenced by its tropical location near the equator. You can expect warm, humid temperatures on an average day and plenty of rain year-round. This type of climate found in the Amazon is called a selva climate. Travel is markedly influenced by two seasons: the high water and low water season. Keep in mind that the Amazon basin is vast, so overall rainfall generalizations are not accurate. Generally, the north and south edges of the basin have less precipitation than the western edge.
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High Water Season
The high water season runs roughly from November to May and one can expect somewhere between 60 and 180 inches of rain. Since most riverine plants fruit and flower during this period, it is one of the best times to see birds and monkeys at the river’s edge and makes for fun canoe explorations into flooded forests. Though it can rain slightly more in the high water season, it usually rains some every day in the low water season too.
Low Water Season
Though it can rain slightly more in the high water season, it usually rains some every day in the low water season too. In the low water season, which runs roughly from June through October, one can expect anywhere from 30 to 100 inches of rain. During this time, the river recedes and travelers can anticipate sandy river beaches and more opportunities for hikes.