Cruising on the Amazon River is incredible, exciting and one of those experiences you must do at least one time in your lifetime.
When you have always wanted to see where seafood swim through top of the branches of trees, where rasping frogs perch, and where long-tailed monkeys once in a while swing by that can be played with your hair – you should add an Amazon River cruise to your bucket list.
The sheer range of the gigantic “ocean-river,” running through the heart and soul of the Brazilian rainforest from French Guiana to Peru, only will blow you away.. Make a cruise along this sensational river important, as it’s one of the world’s greatest trips.
Best Time for Amazon River Cruises
There are benefits and drawbacks to cruising the Amazon both in the “wet” (or “flood”) season (December to April) and the “dry” season (May to November).
Remember even the dry season is not actually dry, as the rainwater forest gets rainwater anytime of time. But rainfall and drinking water levels will be lower, and more jungle pathways will be accessible then. If you prefer to get up-close and personal with sloths and other jungle inhabitants, the dry season is the optimum time to do it; On the other hand, it’ll be hotter – by the average 12 degrees – than it is in the damp season, so expect conditions in the mid- to high-90s.
If you like floating, the damp season is the better option for you, as normal water levels are, normally, 21 to 23 feet higher, so it’s much easier to explore some of the Amazon’s smaller tributaries. You’ll also see a richer variety of animals.
Tips-Prepare for rainwater. The Amazon Basin is gloriously fecund and renewable since it gets much rain; average twelve-monthly rainfall is an impressive 12 feet. Which means you may expect at least some rainwater on about 200 of the 365 days in a season, at a harsh 60:40 ratio between the moist and dry times. So load up a sturdy umbrella and a light, hooded rain jacket (if you can tolerate to wear one in all that humidity).
-Take non-slip walking shoes. A foldable walking stay for forays ashore is also a good notion.
-Pack a great deal of insect repellent. You’ll require it, along with sunscreen and a face-shading hat. And even though you’ll need light cotton clothing to overcome the heat, hide whenever you can in long sleeved shirts, trousers (somewhat than shorts) and socks long enough to tuck your pant cuffs into.
-Don’t forget your binoculars. Some ships will give them, but check before you go.
-Take your camera zoom lens cap off. Take action once you go outside to help the lens adjust to the humidity, or you’ll wrap up with some blurry photos.
-Always carry water in bottles. The hot, humid local climate can leave you dehydrated if you’re not careful.