¿How is the weather at Amazon Dolphin Lodge?
In the Amazon, the question isn't whether it rains, but how much, so get ready to enjoy some storms! Don't worry! They tend to be torrential but brief. In terms of seasons, the period from April to June is considered the wettest - let it rain! - which means the rivers are more easily navigated. This gives travelers the best chance of spotting wildlife, so consider booking a boat tour to witness the majestic caimans and anacondas. More rain also means a few more mosquitos (but nothing that can't be solved with a good insect repellent and a long-sleeved shirt). June is especially wet, so if massive rains make you happy, this is your ideal month to visit!
There is always rain in the Ecuadorian jungle, just a little less during the drier seasons (December to February and July to October). The driest period of August to October is the breeding season for many of the species in the rainforest. Since the water level decreases, this is the best time to explore the jungle on foot. Although, this is not the preferred season for passionate ornithologists, as many birds are hiding from the heat. If you struggle with hot weather, you might like to avoid these months too.
Ok, but when should I visit the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador?
There is no bad time to visit the Amazon Rainforest; it all depends on your personal preferences and priorities, and of course, on how much the idea of getting wet - or less wet - delights you!
The fact that Ecuador's rainforest is the only portion of the Amazon located on the Equator makes it unique - the climate in this region doesn't experience big changes year round.
Rain, rain, rain!
Rainfalls vary little across much of the Amazon region, which sees around 3,200mm to 35,00mm of rain in a year. In areas of the jungle close to the Andean foothills, however, the rainfall can reach 4,300mm.
The average temperature is 25ºC (77°F), but it can vary a lot at different times of day. In the dry season for example, you can experience 30ºC - 35ºC (86°F - 95°F) during the daytime but then it gets cooler (20ºC / 68°F) during the nighttime, with this pleasant temperature continuing until mid-morning. This variation in temperature may not feel comfortable all the time, but guess what! The humidity provides some natural moisture for your skin. Not bad, right?