High Water v. Low Water in the Amazon

June 18, 2009
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A quick survey of our Travel Planners has uncovered the most popular question they get about our Amazon tour: When is the best time to go?

In truth, though it may sound cliché, there really is no bad time to visit the Amazon River; however, your personal preferences and activities will play a big part in choosing which time of the year you should take an Amazon cruise.

As the name implies, during this time of year the river is at its highest. Forests in the vast Amazon Basin are flooded, so you can go deeper into the forest on excursions boats and get into smaller tributaries. This allows you to see some of the wildlife that may shun the main course of the river.

Low Water in the AmazonLow Water Season (June-November)

As water recedes from the forest, animals that have been widely dispersed in tributaries and streams — like fish and pink dolphins — are more greatly concentrated. Since the water is draining from the wetlands, that also allows for more walks that go deeper into the rainforest.

Have other questions? Expedition Leader Jorge Salas’ recent online presentation included an extensive question and answer session with other travelers. Just click this link to watch!