Conditions along the Amazon in Peru can be divided into two seasons: a season of rain from December to April, and a summer season that extends from May to November. A tour to the Manu in any season promises great rewards with impressive opportunities to see and photograph magnificent plant and wildlife, unique to any other place in the land.
The weather in this region of the Amazon is generally warm with some rain at any time of the year. Even during the “dry” summer season you can expect showers. Even during the months of rain the Amazon only gets about 10% more rain than in the summer. Therefore, Manu Rainforest Peru would like to make some recommendations for you to choose the time of year for your tour with us (in either season).
December to April: Rain and High Water in the Manu
The rain season in Peru (from December through April) is relatively cooler and wetter. During this time, the Amazon region receives just over half (60%) of its annual volume of precipitation. Temperatures average 86 ° F (30 ° C), which is only 12 ° F (7 ° C) cooler than the summer season average.
The disadvantage of visiting the Manu Amazon jungle now is the swelling of the river basin after accumulating masses of rain from the surrounding Andes. The landscape changes dramatically due to the heavy inflow of rainwater. High Rivers and streams of the basin like Manu, the Madre de Dios, and Tambopata eventually rise 16 feet (5 meters). We can still offer a trip to the jungle in November through January and March through April. This can make your trip more adventurous and special, waterfalls abound! And there are fewer tourists so a more private experience. However, you will need to be flexible and understand that forces of nature can change the itinerary of our trip without notice. We at Manu Rainforest Peru will give you a rewarding trip in any case and will arrange your journey with a mix of exploration and safety.
February is the only month Manu Rainforest Peru suggests not to travel to the Manu jungle. This is the month with the most abundant rainfall causing fast moving rivers impossible for our boats and landslides making roads collapse, forcing us to turn back. This month is capable of incredible amounts of water! Although wildlife sighting probabilities change significantly this month, it is not likely to see the favorite fauna of the Amazon: jaguar, capybara, alligators, giant ant eaters or even turtles, as the banks and beaches disappear under water and the animals retreat far away into the forest. Additionally, it is very muddy and inundated with so much water running throughout, paths can become impassable.
May-November: Amazon Summer Season
The time of low water in the Amazon, from May to November, coincides with warmer temperatures. Temperatures average around 98 ° F (37 ° C). Despite its name, low water season can have occasional rainy days and heavy rain showers during an otherwise sunny day.
A key difference of a visit to Manu in summer season is that now we can access lakes, bird and animal clay licks, and jungle paths, allowing our small groups to explore much more easily.
Our guests also tend to experience an even greater abundance of bird migration in flight at this time. In addition, the low levels of water leave bare land and beaches that offer a good opportunity of sighting jaguar, caimans, Capybaras, tapirs, monkeys, turtles and abundant birds. Great fishing is 100% guaranteed. Although this is a busy time for a visit, we keep our groups small and separate from other groups.
If seeing our glorious Amazon rainforest at its most exuberant and getting up close to a lot of amazing wildlife and birds (as well as enjoying slightly cooler temperatures) sounds more attractive to you, then booking your trip from May to November might be your best choice. As this is peak season, please try to book early.
At any rate, the Amazon awaits you. Any time of the year you visit the Amazon rain forest will be amazing regardless of whether you choose a rainy season tour or a summer tour. Perhaps the best solution is to choose one season for this year... and the other for your future trip! Manu Rainforest Peru welcomes you!.
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