This is an article written by Mr Daniel Blanco about the reasons to travel to #AmazonJungle during the summer.
It is known than we speak of summer, it means rainy season has arrived to the #AmazonJungle and many are scared to travel during this season. In South America summer is from mid December until end of March.
I have heard more than once “I don´t want to go to the jungle in rainy season because animal can not be seen”. As Biologist with 26 years of experience I can tell you that this is not correct.
During the 90´s when I was working in a macaw project and due the nature of it, I had to be in #Manu from the beginning of December until the end of April (The whole rainy season) and of course there were very humid days with showers; but it did not alter the fauna usual behavior but on the contrary it was even easier to spot fauna due the following reasons :
Several species of ficus (fig tree) and other species of trees that were blooming during the dry season have fruits during rainy season. Some of them are attractive to monkeys (Howler Monkey, Spider Monkey, Brown capuchin, White-fronted capuchin), macaws, other birds (Toucans, Tanagers) that feed themselves with these fruits at top of the trees and are also attractive to collared peccary, white lipped peccary, deer and land birds (Pale-winged Trumpeter, different species of Tinamus, Pecaries) when then have fallen to the floor as they are ripe, then when you want to see these species it is easier to look for a tree with fruits and you can see the animals around it.
Another reason is that in the lower plains of the jungle also called flood plains the rivers cover them when they have raised their water level. When it happens, the fauna (both, hervivorous and carnivorous) is pushed out the flooded forests to the higher areas where they can be found easily.
The possibility to see jaguars taking a sun bath laying in a fallen trunk by the shores of a river increase therefore you can have good possibilities to see one of them… or maybe more than one.
On the other hand, to be able to appreciate an #AmazonRiver sweeping along the fallen trees is an spectacle not easy to see in a dry season
The last, but not the least reason is that during the raining season you can find macaws nesting.
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Photos by Daniel Blanco