Best Time to Travel to Brazil
Best Time to Travel to Brazil
Brazil is a fabulous country to visit year round! To determine the most optimal time to visit depends on your travel style, and what you’re looking for out of your trip. Whether you hope for a less crowded city, some dry weather for hiking, or the best time to spot wildlife, weather can play a major factor. Read below to find out when you should visit Brazil.
Peak Season: The peak travel season for Brazil is from December to March. During this time, it is the summer holiday season for Brazilians and Carnival festivals occur. Prices tend to increase during this time and hotel availability becomes limited. For those wanting to experience the celebration of Carnival, book your vacation months in advance.
Rio de Janeiro: Rio is a gorgeous city to visit year-round, even if you travel during the winter months, from June to August. But if you’re looking to explore the bustling city when it isn’t packed with tourists, book your flight any time between August and September. At this time, the season is changing to spring, temperatures begin to rise, and the clouds have cleared making any scenic vista an unforgettable sight!
The Amazon Rainforest: The Amazon Rainforest will always have an abundance of wildlife, so you don't need to worry about missing out. Instead, choose between two seasons based on your activity interests. If you would like to hike, choose the dry season, June through December, when there will be relatively low precipitation. If you want better access to the wetlands, opt for the wet season, January through May. Water levels will rise, the temperatures will cool down, and your boat along the Amazon River will be able to cover a lot more ground.
The Pantanal: For those searching for adventure in the Pantanal, it is important that you understand the weather conditions. Unlike Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon, there is a good and bad time to visit the Pantanal. We recommend visiting during the dry season, from May to September. During this period, the animals are easy to spot, and your opportunity to fish is best. During the wet season, from November to April, the marshes become flooded with water, hotels start to close, and it becomes difficult to navigate your way around.
If you are on the hunt for the illusive jaguar, the best time to visit is from Mid-June to Mid-November, when the water levels are low and the jaguars come out to hunt alongside the river banks.
São Paulo: São Paulo and the southern cities have a bit more rain and slightly cooler temperatures from June through August. From January through March, temperatures start to rise, and the air becomes humid.
Brazil's Northern Beaches: You won't have a problem while visiting the northern beaches, including Recife and Salvador. They experience warm tropical temperatures year-round.
Inland Cities: Inland cities such as Ouro Preto may be warm in the afternoon, but evenings can get quite cold. Make sure to pack a sweater for when the sun goes down.
In general, it is great to travel anywhere in Brazil from April to October. The temperatures will be low, and the hectic crowds start to diminish. Yet, to be safe, always consider and understand the conditions of the regions in Brazil, in order to plan your best Brazil vacation!