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When is the best time to visit Brazil?

Rio de Janeiro from Sugarloaf Mountain

There isn’t a best time to visit Brazil — it’s a warm, year-round destination, with most of the country located in the tropics. It’s made up of several climatic extremes, none of which are severe enough to deter travel to an area 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.

The driest months in the Pantanal are between April and October, but like in the Amazon, its wetter months offer distinct wildlife spotting opportunities and experiences. Both rainforests are humid, with temperatures rarely dropping below 68°F.

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Month-by-month guide for traveling 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 colorful samba parades and join the lively street parties. carnival celebrations.
  • 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 toward 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 São 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 (December 31): 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.

Brazil Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Belém 88°F 12" 86°F 13" 88°F 14" 88°F 13" 90°F 9" 90°F 6" 90°F 5" 90°F 4" 90°F 4" 90°F 4" 90°F 3" 90°F 7"
Brasília 81°F 11" 81°F 8" 81°F 8" 81°F 5" 79°F 1" 79°F 0" 81°F 0" 82°F 0" 82°F 2" 81°F 6" 79°F 9" 81°F 10"
Iguaçu Falls 91°F 7" 91°F 6" 88°F 5" 81°F 6" 75°F 6" 72°F 6" 73°F 4" 79°F 4" 81°F 5" 82°F 8" 86°F 6" 90°F 6"
Manaus 88°F 11" 88°F 10" 88°F 12" 88°F 11" 88°F 8" 88°F 4" 91°F 3" 91°F 2" 91°F 3" 90°F 5" 90°F 7" 90°F 9"
Paraty 88°F 11" 88°F 11" 86°F 11" 82°F 8" 79°F 5" 79°F 4" 77°F 4" 79°F 4" 79°F 5" 81°F 7" 82°F 8" 84°F 11"
Recife & Olinda 86°F 2" 86°F 3" 86°F 8" 86°F 9" 84°F 11" 82°F 11" 81°F 10" 82°F 6" 82°F 3" 84°F 2" 86°F 1" 86°F 2"
Rio de Janeiro 86°F 6" 86°F 6" 84°F 6" 81°F 5" 79°F 4" 77°F 2" 77°F 2" 77°F 2" 77°F 3" 79°F 4" 82°F 4" 82°F 6"
Salvador 86°F 3" 86°F 4" 86°F 6" 84°F 10" 81°F 12" 81°F 8" 79°F 8" 81°F 5" 82°F 3" 84°F 3" 84°F 5" 84°F 4"
The Pantanal 91°F 8" 91°F 7" 91°F 6" 90°F 4" 86°F 2" 86°F 1" 88°F 1" 90°F 1" 91°F 2" 95°F 4" 91°F 6" 91°F 7"

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