Amazon Jungle Tours

Amazon Rainforest Tours

Tours Info

Best Time To Visit The Amazon Rainforest

Months to visit Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado & Manaus

Picture tables to pick when to go to the Rainforest
Monthly info on Temperature, Rainfall & Nature

Suggested Amazon Tours photo
Suggested Amazon Tours map

Stretching across eight different countries, the Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest container of wildlife and known as the lungs of the Earth due to Oxygen produced by rainforest trees.

To help you choose the best time to visit the Amazon with info about Amazon Rainforest weather, Amazon Rainforest seasons, and rainforest travel, we have made a guide for base cities for exploring the protected areas of Tamshiyacu Tahuayo, Amazon Biosphere, Tambopata, and Manu:

Iquitos (Peru)Puerto Maldonado (Peru)Cusco (Peru)Manaus (Brazil)


The information is then explained below each table. This information is intended as a rough guide to each month. Precise information should be sort for specific dates by contacting the lodge or cruise due to various factors that may affect the information presented.

The guides include average monthly information on temperature and rainfall, plus info on water level, flowering times, fruiting times, wildlife, festivals, lodges and national parks.

    Temperature

  • Cold – between 10-20°C (50-67°F)
  • Warm – between 21-25°C (68-77°F)
  • Hot – between 26-31°C (78-88°F)


    Rainfall

  • Mostly Fine – under 60 mm/month
  • Showers – between 60 – 250 mm/month
  • Heavy Rain – 250 mm/month and over
  • Iquitos
  • Puerto Maldonado
  • Cusco
  • Manaus

Best time to visit Peruvian Amazon from Iquitos

when is the best time to visit iquitos


Iquitos in northern Peru is the Peruvian gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Iquitos is famed as being the largest city in the world unreachable by road. The best time to visit the Amazon near Iquitos depends largely on your interest. However, if prepared for some rainforest, you can enjoy the top Iquitos Amazon River tours throughout the year as there are positives and negatives no matter when you visit.

Rainfall

Rainfall doesn’t change much between months, but there is a detectable wetter season from around October/November – May/June (receiving around 300 mm of rain each month) with April being the wettest month. A drier season occurs from May/June – October/November (receiving around 200 mm of rain each month) with September being the driest month.

As with most tropical areas, mid morning convection often means storm clouds form in the afternoons dropping rain from the afternoon until sunrise. This wet weather often dries out by morning, but can last a few days in the wetter season. Wet weather should be expected when deciding what to wear in the Amazon Rainforest.

Temperature

Daytime temperature reaches about 30 – 32°C (86 – 90°F) during the day and 20 – 22°C (68 – 72°F) at night. There is a slight difference between the wetter and drier months, but this is only by one or two degrees with the wetter season being slightly hotter.

As we are in the tropics (between the tropic of Capricorn and the tropic of Cancer) there are no distinguishable seasons characteristic of temperate regions. Seasons in the tropics consist of simply a wet and dry season, although, the wet and dry season in Iquitos should really be named the high and low water season.

Water Level

The water can change up to 40 feet due to snow melt from the Andes and changes in rainfall.

The low water season in Iquitos is from May/June to October/November and high water is from October/November – May/June. The highest water is between March & April.

Dependent on elevation, the high water season is generally better for canoeing in the forest and river cruises. Inaccessible areas of the Amazon are opened up when waters rise.

The low water season (May/June to October/November) is generally better for hiking into the forest, although, if you’re visiting a higher elevation area there will be no impact.

Wildlife

Wildlife viewing is said to be better during low water. The reasoning behind this is that pools of terrestrial water shrink, which concentrates the wildlife dependent on smaller and fewer bodies of water. Chances of seeing aquatic wildlife increases as well, like river otters, anaconda, caiman, paiches, and river dolphins.

On the other hand, the high water season (October/November to May/June) is when many plants and trees drop their fruit. This fallen fruit attracts monkeys and other rainforest life drawn by abundant food.

Flowering

Flowering plants make up the largest biodiversity component of tropical rainforests. In the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo reserve (near Iquitos) the time to go to the Amazon for seeing plants in bloom is from January to June.

Fruiting

Plants drop their fruit in the wet season, drawing an abundance of Amazonian wildlife for the seasonal buffet. In the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, the months with the most fruit are between January and April.

Festivals

The San Juan Festival is held every year from June 22 to June 25, at its peak on the 24th of June – the birthday of John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista), the patron saint of the Amazon. Visiting the festival will get you familiar with ‘juanes’ a local dish made with rice and egg enclosed in leaves.

Amazon Rainforest Tours from Iquitos, Peru

  • what lodge amazon rainforest

    Eight Days

    Tahuayo Lodge Iquitos, Peru

    You can visit the highly regarded Tahuayo Lodge & Amazon Research Center as part of this tour of the bio-diverse Tahuayo Reserve. You are assigned a private guide & you can choose an itinerary to reflect your interests. Boasting the most itinerary options in Amazonia, you can whiz through the trees on the canopy zipline, view poison dart frog initiatives, & observe different monkeys on the A.R.C primate research grid.
    Private Guide, Zipline, Extensive Trails
  • what lodge amazon rainforest

    Five Days:

    Delfin II Cruise Iquitos, Peru

    First, you are collected in the Delfin limo-styled coach from Iquitos airport and you will then cruise in comfort to explore the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. After relaxing with Peru’s famous cocktail, you will board the Delfin II to enjoy massages & sophisticated cuisine by candle-light. Delfin provide 8 person skiffs & modern Kayaks so you can explore the Pacaya Samiria National Park in detail to experience the sounds and views of this giant flooded tropical forest.
    Massages, Kayak Tours
  • what lodge amazon rainforest

    Five Days:

    Delfin I Luxury Cruise Iquitos, Peru

    As entrée to your luxury Amazon cruise, you will be chauffeured in the Delfin limo-styled coach from Iquitos airport to the dock of the luxury Delfin I. After relaxing with Peru’s famous cocktail, you will board the Delfin I to enjoy your own vast suite complete with personal pool, massages & sophisticated cuisine by candle-light. Delfin provide 8 person skiffs & modern Kayaks so you can explore the Pacaya Samiria National Park in detail.
    Spacious Suites, Personal Pool, Massages

Best time to visit Peru’s Amazon from Puerto Maldonado

when is the best time to visit puerto maldonado


Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to southern Peru’s ecological paradise and is a small town between Peru’s Manu National Park and the Tambopata Reserve. You can easily access Puerto Maldonado from Cusco.

Rainfall

The wet season in Puerto Maldonado is from October/November until March/April (receiving around 150mm of rain each month). The dry season is from March/April to October/November (receiving around 60mm of rain each month).

During the wetter months, rain often falls in the afternoon and is gone by morning, but can last a few days. When planning what to wear in the Amazon, remember to prepare for wet weather.

Temperature

Temperature in Puerto Maldonado is around 30 – 33°C (86 – 91°F) during the day and 19 – 22°C (66 – 72°F) at night with only slight monthly change except for the cold fronts.

Cold Fronts

Coming in from Argentina, cold fronts pushing up can greatly alter the usual warm climate. These periods are between May and September where daytime high temperature can get down to 9° C (50° F) and day time low temperature is 5° C (43° F). Plan on bringing some warm clothes for this time period, which can last for several days.

Wildlife

The Tambopata Reserve and Manu National Park are both home to macaw clay licks where birds come to detoxify food items they have eaten in the forest. The clay licks are most active in the wet season when there is abundant food and least active between April/May and early July.

The dry season means areas of terrestrial water shrink concentrating the wildlife around the remaining water bodies, but the wet season brings an abundant food source.

Fruiting

Rainforest trees fruit in the wet season (October/November – March/April). During this time you can see many different animals feeding on the seasonal buffet.

Festivals

Puerto Maldonado celebrates its foundations on July 10th when in 1901 Don Juan Villalta led a rainforest expedition down the Tambopata River founding the settlement, which later became the capital of Madre de Dios.

Tambopata National Reserve

There are a number of tour lodges near Puerto Maldonado where you can experience the incredibly diverse Tambopata Reserve and visit the many clay licks. Lodges include the Heath River Wildlife Center situtated between the Madidi and Tambopata protected areas and the only lodge on the Heath River. For experiencing the largest macaw clay lick, you should consider the Tambopata Research Center (considered one of the most remote lodges in the reserve). If you’re with a family, a good lodge is the Refugio Amazonas Lodge (home to the only children’s trail in the Amazon). For short visits, a good pick is the Posada Amazonas Lodge, which is owned by a native community and only 45 minutes from town. Another options is Lake Sandoval where you can see giant river otters as part of a stay at the Sandoval Lake Lodge, however, the other lodges also have access to lakes to see these fantastic social mammals.

The animals of the reserve include jaguars, black caiman, giant river otters, anaconda, and the harpy eagle.

Amazon Rainforest Tours from Puerto Maldonado, Peru

  • manu jungle lodge

    Five Days:

    Manu Wildlife Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    If you’re interested in visiting the most pristine National Park in the Peruvian Amazon, this is the favored lodge for Manu National Park. Guests stand a 10% chance of seeing wild jaguar prowling the reserved zone and the lodge is uniquely positioned for access to the tapir lick and macaw lick, allowing guests to see iconic animals of the Amazon Rainforest.
    Macaw Clay Lick, Tapir Lick
  • posada amazonas lodge, puerto maldonado

    Three Days:

    Posada Amazonas Lodge Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    Perfect for your first experience of the Amazon Rainforest, you will only be 45 minutes from Puerto Maldonado while you experience abundant Amazon wildlife. You will tour around Lake Tres Chimbadas, visit a working farm, walk an ethnobotanical trail, and observe Amazon birds on the Canopy Tower. The Posada Amazonas has a wellness center where you can enjoy a massage or aromatherapy treatment after your walks in the Amazon wilderness.
    Canopy Tower, Wellness Center
  • refugio amazonas lodge, puerto maldonado

    Five Days:

    Refugio Amazonas Lodge Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    This lodge has the only children’s trail in the entire Amazon Rainforest making it ideal for a family adventure. We will tour Lake Condenado and climb the Canopy Tower to view animals of the vast Tambopata National Reserve, and after a rainforest walk, you can relax in the wellness center with aromatherapy treatments or a massage.

    Children’s Trail, Wellness Center
  • tambopata research center, puerto maldonado

    Seven Days:

    Tambopata Research Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    One of the Amazon’s most remote lodges, you will share the lodge with researchers investigating one of the largest macaw clay-licks in the rainforest. Hundreds of colorful macaw parrots gather at the lick providing you with fantastic wildlife displays. Monkeys and other wildlife are often visible from the lodge as you relax after exploring five different Amazon habitats and activities from jungle mountain biking and kayaking to aiding in macaw research.

    Remote Location, Macaw Clay Lick
  • Heath River Lodge

    Five Days:

    Heath River Wildlife Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    This is the only lodge on the Heath River, which runs through the heart of the Tambopata and Madidi reserved area. You are only 10 minutes by boat from a large macaw clay lick and you will have access to two very different ecosystems. From our hide platform, you can also wait to see the elusive tapir, South America’s largest land mammal.

    Clay Lick, Tapir Hide
  • sandoval lake lodge

    Four Days:

    Sandoval Lake Lodge Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    This lodge overlooks the sparkling waters of Lake Sandoval where you can see Giant Amazon River Otters playing in the water. From tours around the lake, you can also see many different monkeys, macaws, and then caiman on our night tours. Located close to Puerto Maldonado, you will see Amazon wildlife of the Tambopata National Reserve.
    Sandoval Lake, Giant Otters

Best time to visit Peruvian Amazon from Cusco

when is the best time to visit puerto maldonado


The site of the Incan Empire capital, Cusco is the major peruvian tourist destination. Cusco is also the base city for trips to the magnificent Manu National Park and Peruvian cloud forest.

Rainfall

The wet season in Cusco is from November/December until March/April (receiving around 120mm of rain each month) and the dry season is from March/April until November/December (receiving about 20mm of rain per month). The wettest month are January and February. The driest months are June and July.

When it rains, it generally starts in the afternoons and clears by morning, but can last a few days in the wetter months. Plan on taking items for wet weather when deciding what to take to the Amazon Rainforest.

Temperature

As we are at high altitude, temperature in Cusco approaches around 19 to 21°C (66 – 70°F) during the day and 0 – 7°C (32 – 45°F) at night.

It should be noted that if you are heading to Manu National Park lowlands, temperature here is the more tropical 30 – 35°C (86 – 95°F) by day. Remember to prepare for wetter and hotter rainforest weather in addition to comparatively cold nights.

Wildlife

The Tambopata Reserve and Manu National Park are both home to macaw clay licks where birds come to detoxify food items they have eaten in the forest. The clay licks are most active in the wet season when there is abundant food and least active between April/May and early July.

The dry season means areas of terrestrial water shrink concentrating the wildlife around the remaining water bodies, but the wet season brings an abundant food source.

Fruiting

Fruiting happens over the wet season (November/December – March/April) drawing an abundance of rainforest wildlife.

Festivals

The festival of the Sun or Inti Raymi is celebrated on June 24th and is the main event in Cusco. The whole of Cusco join in celebrations centered around the re-enactment of Saqsaywaman’s Inca winter solstice festival. This is a very popular festival in Cusco and if this is your interest, then this is the best time to visit the Amazon.

Amazon Rainforest Tours from Cusco, Peru

  • cock of the rock lodge

    Three Days:

    Cock of the Rock Lodge Cusco, Peru

    Staying in pristine Cloud Forest of Manu National Park, you can easily see Peru’s national bird, the Cock of the Rock, as the lodge is located right next to the bird’s display ground. On forest walks you can see Cloud Forest animals like spectacled bears, colorful birds and monkeys.
    Cock of the Rock, Cloud Forest

Best time to visit Brazilian Amazon from Manaus

when is the best time to visit iquitos


Manaus is Brazil’s gateway to the Amazon jungle and was one of the Amazon River’s rubber boom cities. You can see traces of the rubber boom in city architecture like the Teatro Amazonas (Amazon Theatre).

Rainfall

The wet season in Manaus is between December/January and May/June (receiving around 250mm each month) and the dry season is between May/June and December/January (receiving around 150 mm each month). The wettest months are March and April and the driest months are July, August and September.

The rain generally falls in the afternoon and over night often clearing by morning, however, rain can fall for a few days over the wetter months. Remember to plan for wet weather when deciding what to take to the Amazon Rainforest.

Temperature

Temperature in Manaus is around 30 – 33°C (86 – 91°F) during the day and 23 – 24°C (73 – 75°F) at night. The hottest months in Manaus are from August to November where temperatures can sometimes approach 37°C (99°F).

Water Level

The high water months in Manaus are from February/March until July/August and this is a fantastic time to canoe into otherwise inaccessible rainforest areas. The low water months are from July/August to February/March, which is the best time to visit for rainforest hikes. Hiking won’t be affected if you visit higher elevation areas.

Wildlife

The dry season (May/June – December/January) is often advised as the best time to visit rainforest areas for wildlife viewing as bodies of terrestrial water shrink, which concentrates the dependent wildlife. However, the wet season (December/January – May/June) is when most plants fruit and flower, which draws an assortment of fruit eating animals like monkeys and birds.

Flowering

Many riverine plants flower in the wet season and if your interest is flowering plants your best time to visit the Amazon from Manaus will be between February and April.

Fruiting

The wet season is when riverine plants drop their fruit, which attracts an assortment of rainforest animals. You are likely to see various monkeys and birds feeding on the plentiful food supply. Even in the wet season, it is rare for rain to last all day.

Festivals

In June, Manaus celebrates the Festival Floclorico do Amazonas (Amazonas Folklore Festival). Here you can expect an array of music and dancing ending in the St. Peter River Procession when hundreds of riverboats can be seen on the Rio Negro to honour the patron saint of fishermen.

Amazon Rainforest Tours from Manaus, Brazil

  • tucano amazon cruise

    Eight Days:

    Tucano Amazon Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Tucano Expedition Cruise begins and ends in Manaus, Brazil. You will cruise the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor on the Tucano, the only tour able to fully experience the reserve. You will explore many Amazon tributaries, both on forest walks and small-boat trips, and have a chance to visit deep forest settlers. You will visit terra firme and varzea forests to see colourful birds, monkeys, and magnificent rainforest trees.

    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections
  • Tucano Compact Cruise

    Five Days:

    Tucano Compact Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Tucano Compact Cruise is a shorter version of the Tucano Amazon Cruise. You will cruise the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor on the Tucano exploring many Amazon tributaries, both on forest walks and small-boat trips. You will visit terra firme and varzea forests to see colourful birds, monkeys, and magnificent rainforest trees.
    Short Cruise, Guide, Forest Expeditions
  • Amazon Clipper cruise

    Three Days:

    Amazon Clipper Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Amazon Clipper Cruise has three, four, and six day itineraries exploring areas of the Amazon unknown to other tours. The shallow draught enables our boat to navigate tributaries unreachable from other vessels. We then leave the vessel on small boats with local guides to find flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest.
    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections
  • Premium Clipper cruise

    Four Days:

    Premium Clipper Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The premium alternative to the Amazon Clipper. Offering spacious all-outside cabins and private bathroom facilities with hot shower. Cruise in comfort on one of our three, four, or six day itineraries exploring areas of the Amazon unknown to other tours. The shallow draught enables our boat to navigate tributaries unreachable from other vessels. We then leave the vessel on small boats with local guides to find flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest.
    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections
  • Premium Clipper cruise

    Six Days:

    Otter Premium Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Otter Premium alternative to the Amazon Clipper. Offering spacious all-outside cabins and private bathroom facilities with hot shower, accommodating smaller groups than the Premium Clipper. Cruise on one of our three, four, or six day itineraries exploring areas of the Amazon unknown to other tours. We leave the vessel on small boats with local guides to find flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest.
    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections
Ash - Author & Travel AdvisorAbout the Author: is a frequent visitor to the Amazon Rainforest and is passionate about helping people get the best experiences from the Amazon. Ash is a contributor to both TourTheTropics.com and ThinkJungle.com writing about tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the Amazon Rainforest. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away.

Related Articles
1. Manaus or Iquitos
2. Iquitos or Manu
3. Manu or Tambopata
4. Best Time To Visit Iquitos
5. Best Time To Visit Puerto Maldonado

Keep updated on latest tours & articles, join our RSS feed, monthly newsletter, or contact us for tour help.