Best Time to Visit the Amazon
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Best Time to Visit the Amazon

When is the Best Time to Visit the Amazon?

The best time to visit the Amazon is during the dry season (July – December), when water levels are low and hiking trails are excellent for explorers. Though during the rainy season (January – June), the weather is mild, and there is a better chance of spotting animals. Overall, both the dry and rainy seasons are great times of the year to visit the Amazon.

Amazon weather is of course quite wet – being a rainforest region! However, it rarely rains for more than an hour or two per day. Whether looking for an Amazon tour that is lodge-based or an Amazon river cruise, our Top 14 Amazon Rainforest tours give an unrivaled level of choice for your Amazon rainforest vacation.

Note: While it rains year-round in the Amazon, it rarely rains for more than an hour or two per day.

Visiting the Amazon during High Water Season

Boat on the Amazon River during high water season

High Water Season (December – May)

The high water season occurs from December to May. During these months, the Amazon river is at its highest. As the rain comes down, the Amazon basin starts to flood, and boat excursions become a much deeper adventure. With the extra water in the river, travelers are able to see some of the wildlife that may have hidden from the main course of the river. Also, guests are able to swim in the beautiful blackwater creeks!

Note: During the high water season, rivers rise high in the Amazon Basin. In general, all rivers are accessible and allows travelers to explore the rainforest easily by canoe, boat, and/or cruise. In contrast, some of the trails may be flooded due to the rain, and not accessible.

Amazon Weather in the High Water Season

Amazon’s weather in the high water season is considered the colder and wet season. Though, keep in mind that it is warm in the Amazon any time of the year. Temperatures won’t drastically fall. In December, Manaus cools down to 88F / 31C and by May, the temperature can get as low as 75F / 23C, which is relatively low for the Amazon.


Sun with rain

33ᵒ C / 91ᵒ F


Mix of sun and rain

32ᵒ C / 90ᵒ F

Puerto Maldonado

mix of sun and rain

33ᵒ C / 91ᵒ F

Things to Do in the High Water Season

When the water levels are high in the Amazon, the best thing to do is indulge in water-based activities. We recommend taking an Amazon cruise, canoeing, kayaking, or spotting marine life. During the high water season, choose a cruise from places like Iquitos Peru, Coca Ecuador, and Manaus Brazil. These are all great places to begin an Amazon cruise adventure.

Visiting the Amazon during Low Water Season

Guided hike in the Amazon during the low water season

Low Water Season (June – November)

The low water season lasts from June to November. As the water starts to recede, forest animals, fish, and pink dolphins that have spread out in the flooded rivers become more concentrated. And as the extra water begins to drain from the wetlands, forest walks become popular, as the trails are clear and lead guests deeper into the rainforest. During this time, guests enjoy fishing for piranha alongside a local guide.

Amazon weather in the Low Water Season

The low water season is the “warmer” season in the Amazon, and despite its name, this time of year receives some short, but heavy rainfall. In June, the average temperature of Manaus is around highs of 87F / 30C. By November, Manaus can reach as high as 90F / 32C.


partly sunny

20ᵒ C / 81ᵒ F


partly sunny

20ᵒ C / 68ᵒ F

Puerto Maldonado

partly sunny

32ᵒ C / 90ᵒ F

Things to Do in the Low Water Season

During the low water season, guests can enjoy land-based excursions such as hiking, trekking, canopy climbing, ziplining, and wildlife spotting. All lodges offer guided hikes and access to surrounding trails. Whether you embark on an educational hike and learn about the ecosystem that surrounds you, or you hike to a tall canopy bridge where you can overlook the rainforest, hiking and trail walking is the best during the dry, low water season.

Note: Some of the rivers aren’t navigable during the “low water” season. Instead, hiking trails are more accessible during this time and allow explorers to venture deeper into the lush jungle.

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