PHOTO: Boats on a tributary of the Peruvian Amazon. (photo via Flickr/Surreal Name Given)
Immense, diverse, amazing — they are but a few of the words that come to mind when thinking of the Amazon. To say the region is vast would be an understatement. It covers eight countries and 2,600,000 square miles. For those traveling to the region and wondering what to expect, the Telegraph has mini guide full of excellent suggestions.
For example, when should you go to the Amazon?
“Given such a vast area, it is impossible to talk about a single weather system or neatly defined seasons,” writes Chris Moss.
Different activities call for different types of weather conditions.
“The dry – or drier – season, runs from July to December. As the temperature rises the mosquito numbers go down, and the receding rains expose trails and beaches,” notes Moss, who goes into greater detail as to when to travel to particular regions.
There are also many different ways in which one can go about experiencing the Amazon.
“There are hundreds of ways into the Amazon. Independent travel is possible and may suit those with weeks to spare, but it comes with complications,” says Moss.
You definitely want to figure out what your preferences are when it comes to how you travel.
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“The first question to ask is: land or water? Almost all visitors take to the river at some point but there’s a huge difference between a four-day cruise and a three-hour transfer by motorized dugout,” Moss recommends.
For more detailed information at a glance, read on here.