Best time to visit the Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon basin is a complex ecosystem, unique in the world and special for continuously evolving over millions of years. Characterized by lush vegetation composed of a wide variety of plants and trees, the jungle is inhabited by indigenous populations for at least 10.000 years ago, in conditions of high humidity and heavy tropical rainfalls.
In the Amazonian jungle live millions of species of insects, fish, birds, or large mammals and it is the last place on Earth where harpy eagles, jaguars, and pink dolphins are still found. It occupies half of South America, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andres, Peruvian Amazon being the richest region in terms of biodiversity.
The jungle can be visited throughout the year, but keep in mind that regardless of the month, the air is very humid and the temperatures are high. Like every other tropical region, the Amazon is known for having only two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. As the name suggests, the difference between them is that in the dry season sometimes it does not rain for months (but that does not mean that there is no precipitation at all).
Jungle at the beginning of May
We spent a week in the Peruvian Amazon in May, when the rainy season ends. Because every area is different, we stayed 4 days in Taricaya Reserve, and 3 days in Tambopata National Park. Although some parts of the jungle were difficult to get to, we considered that walking through water and mud is the beauty of the tropical rainforest.
Heavy rain also implies good navigability on narrow channels, that now have a higher flow than before. However, when we visited Taricaya Reserve it has not rained for a long time and on the high drying mud banks of Madre de Dios River, we could easily see many caimans, frogs, birds, and even a capybara family with babies. On the other hand, when fishing in the Tambopata River, due to the abundant rainfall upstream, we caught catfish only for that night’s dinner.
Another characteristic of the season is the high humidity in the air that attracts tropical mosquitoes. They represent the biggest threat in the Amazon, and although they are everywhere, their number may depend on the area, time of day, or distance from the nearest river
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At Amazon Planet Lodge we did not feel the presence of mosquitoes as aggressive as at Chuncho Lodge. Being a more isolated area inside the jungle, in the middle of Tambopata National Park mosquitos are much more active and our insect repellent had almost no effect.