When is the best time to visit Brazil?

The real question may be, when is it ever a bad time to visit Brazil? It all depends on where you want to visit - it isn’t the largest country in South America for nothing! With varying territories and climates, Brazil as a whole is accessible all year round. But let’s go over which areas are best to travel to and when. From major cities to beaches, mountains, and the amazonian jungle - you’ll be running out of excuses not to book your tickets!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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South Brazil: Rio and Iguazu

Let’s start with the southern capital: Rio de Janeiro, a must-see for tourists entering Brazilian territory. Excluding the summer months of June, July and August as these are high rainfall periods, the best months to visit the Rio area are during the winter months, such as for New Years celebrations in January or February’s world famous Carnival month. Escape European winter and enjoy the South American summer at its finest, with the sun shining and temperatures varying between 25 and 31 degrees - absolute bliss! 

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View of Rio from a cable car, Brazil.

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Bordering Paraguay and Argentina, Iguazu and its notorious waterfall is known for its subtropical climate, with hot and humid summer months (from September to May) and particularly dry and cool winter months (June to August). In terms of weather conditions, it is recommended to visit the falls during the periods between late May to March or August to October. 

Aerial view of the Iguazu falls, Brazil.

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Central Brazil: Campo Grande, Pantanal, and Minas Gerais

The breathtaking Pantanal region is most known for wet, humid and rather hot regional summers. Its winters are most enjoyable to travel though, especially when paying a visit to Campo Grande which is kept inland and sheltered from cold breezes, so from June to August

Aerial view of Campo Grande, Brazil.

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Heading a bit further north is a different story, specifically when it comes to the city of Cuiaba in the state of Mato Grosso, but also the greater natural park area. Indeed, Cuiaba’s average temperature can reach over 30 degrees for most of the year, but beware as its casual evenings can shoot down below 10 degrees! However, the national park area is optimal to visit during the months of May to September to find glimpses of its incredible wildlife. 

Pantanal natural region, Brazil.

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Finally, the greater Minas Gerais state is best known for its mountainous nature and varying territory. As you can imagine, winters in the mountains are quite chilly to say the least. Therefore, the months of May through Septembre are best to avoid low temperatures when hiking and camping. You can find the best treks to do in the area, here.

Minas Gerais region, Brazil.

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The Northeastern / Equatorian part of Brazil

This area of Brazil is blessed with sunshine all year round, especially in the state of Ceara, with an average temperature of 26.5 degrees celsius. Whilst the warmest months are from December to January, July is the coldest month of the year. Moreover, it is best to avoid the months of February to May if you don’t want to get rained on. Therefore, the sweet spot to visit is from August to November

The coast of Ceara, Brazil.

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Bahia, on the other hand, accommodates rain from the months of April to June, and has an average temperature of 30 degrees celsius due to its tropical climate. Safe to say that your options are either high temperature or wet weather - but either way, you won't regret your visit. Our favourite places to travel in Bahia are its capital Salvador as well as its coastal beaches. The best time to visit these are from December to March to really take advantage of the sunny weather! 

Bahian coast, Brazil.

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The Amazon

Safe to say that the Amazon jungle is highly humid and accustomed to rainfall all year round, however the months that are less risky to travel are from June to September thanks to favourable weather conditions, best suited to access most islands and see wildlife!

Jaravi Valley, Amazonian jungle, Brazil.

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As for the city of Manaus, despite its concrete features, it welcomes heavy rain from the months of November to May due to its tropical weather located by the Amazonian forest. Therefore, the months of June to October are highly recommended for tourists wishing to visit as rain is not expected and heat is relatively minimal. 

The city of Manaus, Brazil.

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Finally, the other major city close to the Amazonian jungle in Brazil is Belem, in the state of Para. Indeed, due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the jungle, this equator-level city welcomes hot and humid climate. Here’s a fun fact: the city endures torrential rain everyday at 5PM for approximately 15 minutes - a daily challenge for locals, but a luxury for local fishermen! But rest assured, as the rest of the day is relatively dry, especially during the months of June to December

Belem’s fishing port, Brazil.

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