These are the tropics – it is always hot, humid, and wet!
When visiting Guyana, there isn’t a single month to absolutely avoid
When’s the best time to visit? It’s the top question we receive at Wilderness Explorers.
We wish there were a straightforward answer, but we all know there is actually no such thing as the ‘perfect’ time to see – or avoid – a place. Anyone who tells you otherwise is vastly oversimplifying.
The Guiana Shield recorded tremendously abnormal weather conditions in recent years, with the rainy and dry seasons virtually flip-flopped, off-season flooding in Georgetown and the Rupununi savannahs, and severe drought-like conditions that devastated normally reliable crops across the country. 2005 and 2007 were similarly off-kilter, and El Niño and El Niña conditions can throw things for loop, too.
Climate conditions inevitably impact our tours by turning dirt roads into mudslides, introducting flight delays, and draining or flooding the rivers we rely upon to reach distant lodges. Last year, we endured weeks of painfully empty lodges during long stretches of truly impeccable weather during the “off” season. Everyone who planned their tours in recent years based on “the best time to visit” were left to make the best of what nature had to offer.
Hurricane season in the Caribbean is certainly a factor to be considered for island destinations such as Dominica, Trinidad, and St. Lucia, but hurricanes do not make land as far south as Guyana, Suriname, or French Guiana (in fact, many yachts moor in the Essequibo during hurricane season in recognition of the area’s comparatively temperate weather)
Of course, even in the most ‘normal’ of times, torrential rain or blissfully splendid weather is possible anywhere, any time. Our guides, lodge owners, staff, friends, and all the critters that call this place home are here 7 days per week, 12 months per year, ready to welcome you any time you choose to visit.
The only predictable thing about the Guyanese climate is its unpredictability. However, there are some discernible patterns. There are two rainy seasons: early May to mid July and late November to late January. The May/June rains are more “reliable” than the December/January rains. The February to April “dry” season isn’t usually as dry as the August to November “dry” season, and the two driest months are September and October. Georgetown gets an average of 2253 mm of rain per year.
Temperature & Rainfall
This is the only predictable feature of the weather: it is hot all year round – temperatures seldom rise above 33 degrees (Celsius) during the day, or fall below 25 degrees (Celsius) during the night. Bear in mind that those are shade temperatures, so the actual temperature that you feel will be much higher if you’re in the sun, although a steady north-easterly wind off the Atlantic takes the edge off the heat on the coast.