The best time to visit Brazil

The Best Time to Visit Brazil

As the largest country in South America, Brazil is definitely a must see destination for anyone into travel. However, it’s not just all about the size. Some of the landscapes you will encounter are unique not only to South America but unique to the entire world. The Amazon and the Pantanal Region attract nature lovers and eco-tourists in their hundreds. Then there’s the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro that’s not just for party animals. Before you set off on your adventure to this amazing country you should really think about the best time to visit Brazil. Due to its sheer size, there are many different climatic zones at play in the country. As a result of this, the best time to visit can vary a great deal. In this article, you’ll be able to find information on the best times to visit the Amazon, the Pantanal, Rio de Janeiro and other regions in Brazil. Here, you’ll be able to find information on the weather and plenty of climate tables to make it easier to understand. With the help of my advice, you can plan the best trip possible to this beautiful country.

When is the best time to go to Brazil?

Choosing the best time to travel to Brazil isn’t an easy task. The country is huge and has a few different climates. In short, you can travel to Brazil all year round. Generally, the temperatures are high in most parts of the country. However, there are several regions that you would need to plan ahead if you don’t want to get washed out of it with rain. Here are the best times to visit the most popular regions in Brazil. These regions are all over the country. If you have a destination in mind then you can pick the ideal time to visit it.

The Best Time to Visit Rio de Janeiro

A visit to Rio de Janeiro is an integral part of any trip to Brazil. In this coastal city in the south of the country, there are plenty of attractions, sights and world-famous beaches that make the perfect photo opportunity. Rio is a great spot to travel no matter what time of year it is. In this glittering metropolis, which lies on the South Atlantic, has ideal temperatures of around 25 to 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. People who aren’t fans of the high temperatures should check out Rio during the European summer time. The best months to go to Rio de Janeiro are the months of May, June, July, August and September. The temperatures aren’t as warm in the summer and are at around 25 to 26 degrees Celsius. There’s loads of hours of sunshine and very few rainy days during this time. In this kind of lovely weather, it’s easier to explore landmarks like Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Landmarks. You can also check out the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The water temperature is pleasantly warm all year round so you’ll be able to take advantage of the inviting seas. However, the nightly temperatures can get pretty low.

However, the Brazilian summer is also very popular with tourists. The main reason being that a lot of people don’t want to miss out on the Carnival. As you might expect the temperatures and the humidity are very high at this time. If this isn’t a problem for you-you can travel to Rio de Janeiro from December to February. However, beware the Brazilians themselves are off for the Carnival so the hotel prices can be very high.

The Best Time to Visit the Amazon

Who doesn’t dream of visiting one of the biggest and richest rivers in the world at least once in their lives? The Amazon region is located in the north of Brazil and is surrounded by tropical rainforest. The best time to visit the Amazon is from May to August. Although the temperatures, humidity and rainfall are all high year around this time offers the ideal conditions for exploring. In comparison, it doesn’t rain as much but the water level is still high and you can travel the Amazon by boat.This is the best way to see all of the amazing plants and animals of the Amazon. If you want to do a river cruise on the Amazon and its tributaries this travel period is also ideal. If you want to relax on the beaches, the months of May to August are also a great time to travel. Although the water level is high, the beaches are not flooded and you chill out in the sunshine. Speaking of sunshine you can expect the most amount of sunshine during this period as well!

So if you travel to the Amazon during the dry season you can have a really diverse experience. From the boat tours, amazing wildlife and the sunbathing it’s hard to go wrong. Although you should be aware that even in the dry season it rains in the Amazon. The rain usually falls around midday. Before and after, the sky is blue and the sun is shining.

The Best Time to Visit the Pantanal

This is a seriously fascinating inland wetland and also happens to be the biggest in the world! The Pantanal is located in the southwest of Brazil and the variation in plants and animals is seriously nuts. Everyone who travels to Brazil should definitely check out this amazing natural beauty.  The best time to travel to the Pantanal is from April to September. The reason being is that the dry season starts from April onwards and you can get better temperatures than the rainy season. There is lower rainfall during the months of April, May, June, July, August and September. As a result, the Pantanal slowly dries up and the animals gather around the remaining waterholes. Also, you don’t have to worry about your method of transport. The roads are dry, not swampy and the cars can easily drive through the wetland.

The Best Time to Visit Brazil by Region

Region Best Travel Time
Northcoast July – December
Amazon May-August
Pantanal April – September
Rio de Janeiro May – September, December – February
South March-May, September – November
Recife September – February
Sao Paulo March-May, September – November
North Coast July – December
Belem June – November
Salvador September – February

Climate and Weather in Brazil

As a result of the massive size of Brazil, there are loads of different climatic zones. The majority of the regions and territories have a tropical and subtropical climate. In addition, the seasons in Brazil run opposite to the European ones. Which means the when its summer here its winter in Brazil and vice versa. Generally speaking, the closer it is to the equator the fewer changes there are in temperatures and the more humid it is. In the south of Brazil, the temperature fluctuations between the seasons are greater.

Climate and Weather in Southern Brazil

The climate in southern Brazil is subtropical. Here you will find things like the city of Porto Alegre. Further east you’ll find Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. The summer months are hot with temperatures of between 27 and 31 degrees Celsius. January and February are the hottest months and also have a particularity high humidity. At night the temperatures drop by about 10 degrees Celsius and can be a bit higher or lower than this mark. The rainy days in the individual months are relatively similar in the course of the year with a monthly rainfall of between 7 and 11 days. The winter prevails in southern Brazil from June to August. During this time period, the temperatures are much lower than in the summertime. The thermometer reaches an average of 20 degrees Celsius during the day. At night it can get to a brisk 10 degrees Celsius. I would recommend thicker clothes because it’s not uncommon for it to get frosty. In terms of the water temperature, it’s not too bad because it sticks around 21 degrees Celsius and is good for swimming year round.

Climate table for Porto Alegre

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 31 31 29 26 22 19 19 20 21 23 27 29
Min. Temperature in °C 19 20 19 17 13 10 9 10 12 13 16 18
Hours of Sunshine per Day 8 8 7 6 6 5 5 6 6 7 8 9
Water Temperature in °C 25 25 26 25 24 23 22 22 21 22 23 24
Rainy Days per Month 8 8 8 9 9 10 9 11 10 10 8 7

Climate and Weather in South Western Brazil

In the South West of Brazil, you have the popular area of the Pantanal. The climate in southwestern Brazil is tropical and divides into a dry season and a rainy season. From October to March there is a rainy season, from April to September is the dry season. The temperatures in these two times aren’t too different from each other. The main difference is in the precipitation. during the rainy season, the rain can get very heavy and the result is that the roads are impassable. During the rainy season, the maximum temperatures are around 32 degrees Celsius. Even in the dry season, these temperatures are prevalent as well. However, it rains less and night and it can cool off a little bit as well. The hours of sunshine are at their maximum from April to September. In the rainy season, the sun is far less visible.

Climate and Weather in Northern Brazil

North Brazil and the Amazon has a pretty tropical climate. Here it’s always hot and always humid. It’s the same in the dry season, which prevails from July to December. The maximum temperatures are more than 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. It’s always around 24 degrees Celsius. In the rainy season, there is an average of up to 19 days of rainfall. In the dry season, it rains much less, but it also rains pretty regularly. Despite this, the increased amount of sunshine makes up for this. However, the humidity in the north of Brazil and the Amazon is permanently high and is around 90%. The climate table of Manaus represents the weather conditions for the entire north of Brazil.

Climate Table for Northern Brazil (Manaus)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 31 31 31 31 31 31 32 33 33 33 32 31
Min. Temperature in °C 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24
Hours of Sunshine per Day 4 4 4 4 5 7 8 8 8 7 6 5
Rainy days per month 19 19 19 19 19 11 8 6 7 11 12 16

Climate and Weather in Northeastern Brazil

The climate on the coast of northeastern Brazil is similar to that in the north. The temperatures are over 30 degrees Celsius all year round. As a result of the coastal winds that come from the sea, the temperatures are pretty bearable and doesn’t feel that hot. At night, it’s still warm all year round with up to 23 degrees and it never really cools down that much. In northeastern Brazil, the rainy season is at the beginning of the year and continues until the middle of the year. It rains most frequently in the months of January, February, March and April – there are about 26 rainy days per month. From July onward it gets drier and the precipitation falls much lower compared to the rainy season. The water temperature gets to a consistent 27 degrees Celsius. In the rainy season, clouds obscure the sky, making it hard for the sunlight to break through. During the dry season, the most hours of sunshine are on the northeast coast of Brazil. The climate table for Belem shows the climate of the northeast in general for the country.

Climate Table for Belem

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 31 31 30 31 31 32 32 32 32 32 32 32
Min. Temperature in °C 22 22 22 23 23 22 22 22 22 22 22 22
Hours of Sunshine per Day 4 4 3 4 6 8 8 8 7 7 7 6
Water Temperature in °C 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27
Rainy Days per Month 25 24 26 25 22 18 15 15 16 13 13 18

 

My Conclusion on the Best Time to Visit Brazil

From the above, you can see that the best time to visit Brazil depends on which region you plan on going to. In the north and the southwest you should be careful to avoid the rainy season. The climate in the north is heavily influenced by the equator and it is constantly hot and humid. You should visit the northeast in the second half o the year as it rains a lot in the first half of the year. As the best travel time for the south of Brazil, I would recommend the spring and Autumn. Just remember that the seasons in Brazil are exactly opposite to the Irish seasons. On a tour of the entire country, you can’t always assume that you at the best time for each individual place.

 

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