WHY VISIT THE BUSTLING AMAZON RAINFOREST DURING RAINY SEASON?
One of the most frequent questions we receive from our guests who consider visiting the Tambopata National Reserve is: “Can I travel to the Amazon during the rainy season?“
Our answer? A resounding: YES!
The time between October and March is a magical moment in the Amazon rainforest. First, we must mention that while the Amazon rainforest climate is tropical throughout the year (you can not spell ‘Rainforest’ without ‘rain’!), It is only a little higher rainy during this season (10% more that in the other season), but it illuminates the forest with colors, smells and sounds that you can not experience at any other time of the year.
Here are four reasons why we recommend travel to the Amazon Rainforest during rainy season:
1. See, smell and hear the Amazon Jungle come alive.
A walk through the Amazon jungle after a rainshower awakens the senses. From tree to shining tree, the rain lights up the rainforest producing bright and fresh colours – a photographers dream. The smell is dewy and crisp. The sounds of insects, animals and birds combine to produce unique melodies that rival the sounds of any orchestra.
2. Transformational Experiences
Rains come in short, powerful bursts – rarely does it rain for an entire day. While you are welcome to pull on some rain boots (provided at all our Amazon lodges) and play in the mud – most guests will settle back in a hammock on their balconies, grab a cup of tea (always complimentary!) and watch the rain tumble down.
While our trips can be action-packed, we always encourage guests to find some time to connect with themselves, feel the power of the rainforest, and their place in it.
The rain usually falls in the mornings, making the afternoons cooler. During this time lagoons and lakes are formed in the jungle where you can explore.
Walk to an observation tower add a lot of value, especially for spectacular views of the jungle that stretches to the horizon. The bird watching is great; they provide close-ups of multi-colored tanagers, toucans and impressive parrots.
There is undeniably something transformational about taking this time out during your Tambopata tour.
3. Excellent Wildlife Viewing
Amazon jungle animals, like us, are prone to take shelter when it is raining. When the rain stops, they also come out in search of food, making wildlife spotting a bit more predictable than in dry season. The Amazon rainforest tropical climate also means the trees bear flower and fruits – making it easy to spot birds and monkeys who love to eat them! The Tambopata National Reserve is home to an enormous diversity of flora and fauna.
In Tambopata, during the rainy season, the macaws are more active in clay licks and are nesting. Clay Licks are exposed riverbanks that visit birds that eat fruits and mammals to eat salt rich clay absent from their diets. If you like macaws, come between December and February when the nesting season is in full flight.
4. Less people and better deals
We hope that the images of glistening canopies and hammock meditations inspire you to visit during this period, but we should also add that this is the time of year when you are likely to get the best deals and encounter fewer tourists. Most tourists will seek to visit during the North American summer, meaning flights will be easier to book and hotels will be emptier.
It is said that the Amazonian forests are the only place that gives the sensation of witnessing the dawn of time. Thousands of visitors observe the diversity of forests and rivers in the area when arriving in the Tambopata National Reserve.
The Amazon rainforest is the most extensive and varied nature reserve on Earth, abundant botanical and zoological species, in lush landscapes where you can go for encounters with wildlife and nature. Excellent scenarios for bird watching, or also for those who wish a first foray into pristine forests of the Amazon rainforest.
You can choose to stay in hostels or lodges and from there start your excursions in the jungle, here are some tips to make your visit unforgettable:
- If ever you’re faced with a train cancellation in Cusco, causing you to miss a trip to Machu Picchu (yes, it happens!) – detouring to Tambopata National Reserve can be a great way to save your trip! Puerto Maldonado is only a twenty minute flight from Cusco, and you can be at one of our Amazon lodges upriver in the same day.
- On the trails of the jungle, the best way to avoid mosquito bites is to stay in the middle of the road. Do not touch trees or branches and be careful not to stop in the middle of a road of ants in march.
- Protect yourself from bites by wearing long, loose clothing. Apply a lot of insect repellent and use the mosquito net hanging on your bed when resting.
- Stay close to the group during excursions. So you’ll have a better chance to catch a glimpse of wildlife with the help of a guide and you will not get lost in the vast rainforest. Do not forget to turn off your camera’s flash because it disturbs the animals.
- For a tour of the jungle, it is important to pack a flashlight, a bottle of drinking water and bring only the necessary equipment and clothes.
- Do not forget to bring rain gear, water resistant shoes (especially during the wet season), flashlight and insect repellent.
- For more protection from the sun, wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
- For a better observation of wildlife, in addition to your camera, it has binoculars.
- Also take the local currency for small purchases and tips.