The best time to visit Brazil depends on your priorities: places visited, weather, availability, preferred activities, local seasonality, local festivals and events. Brazil is an all-year destination, but it’s a vast country with many different cultures, landscapes and weather patterns.
- Late Dec-Mar are the hottest months – very hot (over 40°C) from Rio de Janeiro and the regions to the north such as Salvador – and Christmas to Feb is the local holiday season, it is lively and attractions can be very busy, adding to the fun.
- During the Amazon’s wet season (Jan - Jun) it’s easier to get round by boat and the cloud offers a protection from the strong sun. The somewhat hotter dry season is sunnier and there is walking access inland from the river on jungle trails.
- The Pantanal offers a year-round theatre of wildlife. Wildlife is most easily spotted on the grasslands and rivers during the dry season May-Oct. During the wettest months (Nov - Mar) wildlife congregates on higher ground.
- At Iguazú Falls, water levels and weather conditions vary with the rainy (Dec-Feb) and dry (Jun-Jul) seasons. It can be very busy with tourists in local holiday seasons, for example in Feb and at Easter.
- The best time to visit the beaches of the south is the sunny summer, Nov–March, when the resorts are lively with all facilities open.
- February’s Carnival may be a highlight or a time to avoid according to your preference. Outside this period but at this time prices are lower and there’s greater availability of accommodation and transport.