Weather in the Amazon: Ecuador
If you are in the fortunate position of planning your upcoming trip to the Amazon Rainforest, let us first congratulate on such a sterling choice of destinations. A vacation to the Amazon Rainforest is guaranteed to be a journey of a lifetime. The only downside to it is that all your vacations afterwards are going to have to work really hard to live up to the standard set by the Amazon. In this article we are going to focus on the Ecuadorian portion of the Amazon and take a look at the weather and climate you can expect to find there at different points in the year.
Visiting the Amazon Rainforest offers you the chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat; encounter local cultures with completely different ways of life; and admire the true power of Mother Nature. But, a trip to the Amazon can also be a complete nightmare if you don’t go equipped with the right stuff.
Rainy Season / High Water Season
It is hard to chop up the year into a wet and dry season as you can do with other parts of the rainforest, but we will try our best. From March to July, the Ecuador sees the most rainfall. This make the vegetation more lush and water levels will be higher, meaning you will be able to explore the small tributaries of the region by boat. The temperature during this period drops to around 75F, which is much more comfortable than the near 100F temperatures the rainforest experiences at other times in the year. Yes, the high-water season experiences more rain, but this does not mean it will be raining all the time. The rain in the Amazon comes in bursts and will clear up at some point in the day.
From August until December, the rain eases off, but it is far from finished. Honestly, the rain in the rainforest can come at any time of the year and with varying intensity – that’s why it’s called a rainforest. During this period, the rain comes more intermittently and the weather fluctuates on an hourly basis. This means you could have an entire morning and afternoon with no rain and then a sudden downpour in the evening followed by sunshine again. This season is the most unpredictable so it is in your best interest to take clothing for all situations. You may end up bringing more baggage than you anticipated, but it will be worth it to stay comfortable in the jungle. Bear in mind that the rain can vary from a light drizzle to rain so hard it comes down in sheets.
Dry Season / Low-Water Season
There isn’t really any such thing as a dry season in the Amazon Rainforest, but usually it rains less frequently from December until March. Throughout the spell of relatively dry weather, temperatures soar to around 95-100F. Fortunately, it will still be raining from time to time, which alleviates some of the heat. During this season, water levels are lower, meaning that you will spend more time exploring the jungle by foot. The jungle trails that are filled with water during high-water season, are now empty, ready to be explored!
There is no right or wrong time to visit the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador, it all comes down to personal preference. Rest assured that no matter when you choose to visit, you will still have the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife. Also be aware that you will need to bring rain-suitable gear whenever you decide to come because you are guaranteed to encounter rain at some point. Without the rain, the rainforest wouldn’t have the emerald glow it maintains throughout the year!