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When is the best time to visit Brazil?

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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I love to visit Brazil in July or August. It’s slightly cooler in Rio and the mornings can be beautifully fresh. It's also a great time to visit the Pantanal and perhaps end with a beach stay on the Green Coast, which is quieter than the hotter summer months.

Fiona, Latin America Specialist

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"
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"
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"

Month-by-month guide to 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. 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.

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