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Igarape de Educandos
2012.10.10

In the Amazonian city of Manaus, it’s difficult to determine exactly what constitutes the dry season. The city fabric is cut from the rainforest, and humidity weighs as temperatures creep toward the triple digits. If this is what locals consider “dry,” it’s hard 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 recedes several feet. Between July and October, the region receives just two to five inches of rainfall a month, and vessels ranging from small day-sailors to commercial barge are beached on the creek bed.