Magnificent nature experiences, fascinating cities, lush rainforest and beautiful beaches are just some of the outstanding sights the vast South American country has to offer.
Brazil is a destination in league of its own, but when is the best time to visit Brazil?
Read more below to learn more about the country’s climate.
NB: The guide below is a guideline only.
Brazil is a fantastic destination all year round!
However, the question of when is the best time to visit the country depends entirely on where you’re going. Area-wise, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, and its enormous size has a huge influence on the country’s climate and seasons.
Brazil lies on the equator, so most of the country is tropical, though the climate in the south of the country is subtropical. The tropical climate belts mean that most of Brazil is hot and humid. But dry and rainy seasons are also determined by where you are in the country.
The dry season is Brazil’s winter, while the rainy season is summer – so the opposite way around to here in the UK.
Below, you can read about the climate in specific places in Brazil.
The Amazon rainforest has a climate all of its own.
Humidity and temperatures are higher here than in the rest of northern Brazil. You can expect hot weather day and night, all year round. And the rainforest sees a lot of rainfall.
But although it rains all year round in the Amazon, the rainforest can nevertheless be divided into a dry season and a rainy season.
The Amazon’s dry season is roughly between June and November.
The Amazon’s rainy season is roughly between December and May.
The heat and humidity are intense in the rainforest, but the magnificent experiences outweigh the sweat on your brow.
In May and June, the water level is high, providing excellent opportunities for some great boat rides on the Amazon. And if you want to hike, that’s best in the dry season.
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Salvador, a coastal city in northern Brazil, also has a tropical climate.
The weather in Salvador offers reasonably constant, hot temperatures all year round. And you should be aware that the city receives a lot of rain all year round.
Salvador’s dry season is roughly between August and March
Salvador’s rainy season is roughly between April and July
The carnival in Salvador typically takes place in February or March, when a lot people visit the city.
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The coastal city of Rio de Janeiro has a tropical climate and diverse weather in the dry and rainy seasons.
The city’s climate is influenced by its location on the Atlantic coast, which helps lower the temperature.
Rio’s dry season is roughly between May and October.
Rio’s rainy season is roughly between November and April.
If you like walking and love sightseeing, May to September (dry season) is a good time to visit Rio. The pleasant, clear weather offers spectacular views from viewpoints such as the Sugar Loaf.
The carnival in Rio takes place in February or March, so you should be aware that a great many visitors from Brazil and the rest of the world flock to the city during this period.
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On the border with Argentina is one of the world’s largest waterfalls, Iguazu. The weather at Iguazu Falls is cooler than in the other places mentioned in Brazil as the Falls lie in the subtropical climate belt.
The area around Iguazú has rain all year, but the intensity of the rain varies.
Iguazu Falls’ dry season is roughly between May and August.
Iguazu Falls’ rainy season is roughly between September and April.
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In south-western Brazil lies the world’s largest wetland, Pantanal. Pantanal is located in the tropical climate belt.
Pantanal’s dry season is roughly between April and October.
Pantanal’s rainy season is roughly between November and March.
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As you can see, the weather in Brazil varies a lot, both depending on where you are and when you visit the country.
Brazil is particularly popular between December and March, when it’s winter in Europe. During this period, you get plenty of lovely hot weather, despite it being rainy season in several parts of the country. A lot of people take their holidays in these months – the Brazilians, too – and it’s also carnival season, when, among others, the world’s largest carnival is held in Rio.
Countless wonderful experiences also await you outside peak season. This is, for example, the best time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal. Prices are often lower outside peak season and you may find that there are fewer visitors.
However, regardless of when you travel, we guarantee that you will return home many fantastic experiences the richer.
Brazil is a breathtaking country, and having encountered its people, nature and culture, there’s a good chance you’ll be back!
If you have any doubts about what time of the year or tour is best suited to what you want to see and do, do not hesitate to contact our travel consultants who are on hand to help you on your way to your next dream holiday.
NB: Please note that this is a guideline only, and recommendations may change on an ongoing basis.
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