Inland from the Amazon River in the city of Manaus, it’s difficult to determine exactly what constitutes the dry season. Within the city fabric cut back from the rainforest, temperatures swelter and the humidity weighs. If this is what locals consider “dry,” one can hardly fathom less arid times.
The Igarape de Educandos (Scholar’s Creek) meets the Amazon River just west of its confluence with the Rio Negro. Here, the season’s dryness is evident as the water level drops to a piddle. Receiving two to five inches of rainfall a month from July to October, vessels ranging from small day-sailers to commercial barge are beached on the creek bed.