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Amazon Calling? Here’s What You Need to Know

The world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon, is also one that has intrigued travelers for years. Running 4,000 miles from the Andes to the sea, it is second in length only to the Nile. Straddling eight countries, the Amazon basin covers more than two and a half million square miles. Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname, as well as French Guiana all benefit from this massive broad leaved forest that is the largest on the planet and is home to 30,000 plant species, 1,800 fish, 1,300 bird species, 311 mammals and 165 types of amphibians.

Traveling to the Amazon at any time of the year is a treat and every season has its own charm. Read on to find out more about taking a trip to the Amazon.

Wet and dry are the two major seasons in the Amazon basin and traveling during either makes for a memorable one. The wet season spans the months from January to June. Heavy rains raise the water levels and floods the forests, allowing better access by boat to the wetlands. It is much cooler though. The downside to this season are the mosquitoes and the intense humidity. The dry season runs from July to December. Severe heat and humidity dominate these months. Water levels go down exposing trails and beaches. Mosquitoes are also relatively less. If you want to hike or fish then the dry season is when you should visit.

The Amazon is rife with wildlife and there is much to be seen. But be sure to carry a mosquito net and some repellent. You want to avoid getting bitten at all costs. The heat, foliage and the wet are perfect conditions for insects. Rainproof gear, binoculars, something to cover your head, sunglasses, sun screen, antiseptic cream, something warm for the nights and water is what you should be sure to carry on one of your outdoor trips.

No matter which season you choose to travel to the Amazon, it promises be a treat for your eyes and a trip of your life.

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