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When is the best time to visit Brazil?

There isn’t a best time to visit Brazil – it’s a year-round destination made up of several climatic extremes, none of which are severe enough to deter travel to any part of the country at any given time.

Across the country, the warmest months are November to March – perfect for enjoying New Year and Carnival celebrations. The northeastern coast experiences some rain in June and July, but usually only in the form of afternoon showers.

We recommend the Pantanal’s driest months between April and October, but like in the Amazon, its wetter months offer distinct wildlife spotting opportunities and experiences.

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Brazil Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Belém 31°C 315mm 30°C 332mm 31°C 361mm 31°C 332mm 32°C 231mm 32°C 143mm 32°C 131mm 32°C 109mm 32°C 108mm 32°C 89mm 32°C 82mm 32°C 189mm
Brasília 27°C 272mm 27°C 202mm 27°C 212mm 27°C 129mm 26°C 30mm 26°C 6mm 27°C 9mm 28°C 11mm 28°C 45mm 27°C 152mm 26°C 234mm 27°C 248mm
Iguaçu Falls 33°C 173mm 33°C 143mm 31°C 128mm 27°C 143mm 24°C 149mm 22°C 145mm 23°C 91mm 26°C 106mm 27°C 132mm 28°C 210mm 30°C 144mm 32°C 152mm
Manaus 31°C 268mm 31°C 262mm 31°C 295mm 31°C 284mm 31°C 207mm 31°C 109mm 33°C 76mm 33°C 57mm 33°C 78mm 32°C 126mm 32°C 166mm 32°C 224mm
The Pantanal 33°C 212mm 33°C 181mm 33°C 154mm 32°C 95mm 30°C 56mm 30°C 23mm 31°C 19mm 32°C 19mm 33°C 50mm 35°C 90mm 33°C 147mm 33°C 187mm
Paraty 31°C 292mm 31°C 276mm 30°C 275mm 28°C 201mm 26°C 131mm 26°C 92mm 25°C 94mm 26°C 90mm 26°C 122mm 27°C 176mm 28°C 211mm 29°C 283mm
Recife & Olinda 30°C 62mm 30°C 87mm 30°C 193mm 30°C 230mm 29°C 282mm 28°C 280mm 27°C 252mm 28°C 152mm 28°C 68mm 29°C 40mm 30°C 34mm 30°C 43mm
Rio de Janeiro 30°C 146mm 30°C 145mm 29°C 146mm 27°C 127mm 26°C 90mm 25°C 56mm 25°C 53mm 25°C 56mm 25°C 72mm 26°C 98mm 28°C 113mm 28°C 144mm
Salvador 30°C 77mm 30°C 98mm 30°C 161mm 29°C 256mm 27°C 301mm 27°C 214mm 26°C 195mm 27°C 136mm 28°C 76mm 29°C 81mm 29°C 124mm 29°C 114mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Brazil

Rio Carnival , Rio de Janeiro

Visiting Brazil in January - March

Between January and March is mid-summer across Brazil, although the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February in particular is a popular time for Brazilians to travel, with Carnival often falling in this month.

Events & Festivals

  • Carnival (February or March, depending on when it's the beginning of Lent): The most famous celebrations take place in Rio, where visitors crowd to see the colourful samba parades and join the lively street parties. Read more
  • Semana Santa (Easter): During Semana Santa, the cobbled streets of Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais are covered in carpets of intricate patterns of flowers and other natural materials.
Capybara, Pantanal

Visiting Brazil in April - May

A pleasant time to travel as the high temperatures of the last few months decline. The Pantanal enters its dry season towards the end of April.

Events & Festivals

  • Semana Santa (Easter): During Semana Santa, the cobbled streets of Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais are covered in carpets of intricate patterns of flowers and other natural materials.
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Visiting Brazil in June - July

June and July are lovely times to visit the Green Coast between Rio and Sao Paulo; evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Bahia's rainy season tends to begin in June, but it is usually easy to plan your day around the one or two showers that arrive in the afternoon.

Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro

Visiting Brazil in August - October

Perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, August, September and October are also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise.

Paraty, Brazil

Visiting Brazil in November

Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country.

Caiman, Brazilian Amazon

Visiting Brazil in December

Rio de Janeiro tends to be hot and dry in December, but it can be particularly busy as visitors flock to the city to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Most of the northeast tends to experience similar hot and dry weather. Water levels in the Amazon are low in December.

Events & Festivals

  • New Year's Eve (31st December): New Year's Eve is a sight to be seen in Rio, where much of the city dresses in white and gathers on the Copacabana Beach to watch a huge fireworks show over the sea.

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