Brazil

When to go to Brazil

Brazil is such a massive country and has such a varied topography that it is difficult to pinpoint the best time to visit. However, generally speaking during the Easter holidays the rainy season is coming to an end in most key areas and the scenery in the Pantanal is spectacular. In July and August it will be mild and dry in Rio, the Emerald Coast and the Pantanal, and the optimum time to visit Salvador when temperatures range between 22-28 degrees.

Xmas is the start of the rainy season in most areas and temperatures tend to be on the high side around Rio and Paraty with tropical rain showers in Iguazu and Salvador. The Amazon is fairly hot and humid all year round (on average 28 degrees) and the seas around Bahia remain at 25-28 degrees throughout the year – like bathwater!

Having said this, you will probably be travelling through different zones during your holiday and it can rain at any time of year so you should come prepared with a rain jacket just in case.

January

Hot and wet in Rio and along the Emerald Coast. The rainy season in both the Amazon and the Pantanal where the wildlife will seek refuge on high ground. Intense heat and tropical downpours in Salvador and Iguazu followed by intermittent drier days.

February

Hot and wet in Rio and along the Emerald Coast. The rainy season in both the Amazon and the Pantanal where the wildlife will seek refuge on high ground. Intense heat and tropical downpours in Salvador and Iguazu followed by intermittent drier days. Carnival occurs this month so Rio is extremely busy.

March

Hot and wet in Rio and along the Emerald Coast. The rainy season in both the Amazon and the Pantanal where the wildlife will seek refuge on high ground. Intense heat and tropical downpours in Salvador and Iguazu followed by intermittent drier days. Easter (‘semana santa’) is a busy time of year for travellers and locals alike.

April

Temperatures start to cool off in Rio and the rains come to an end in Salvador and the Pantanal (where the scenery is spectacular post-rainy season). Easter (‘semana santa’) is a busy time of year for travellers and locals alike.

May

Often considered the best time to visit. It is the start of the dry season in the Pantanal and many migratory birds now return. Temperatures are more comfortable in Rio and along the Emerald Coast to Paraty (which is now quieter after the locals have returned to the cities) as well as in Salvador.

June

Often considered the best time to visit. It is the start of the dry season in the Pantanal and many migratory birds now return. Temperatures are more comfortable in Rio and along the Emerald Coast to Paraty (which is now quieter after the locals have returned to the cities) as well as in Salvador.

July

Dry season in the Pantanal. Animals are concentrated on the banks of ponds and river ravines and it is the nesting and reproduction season. A great time for jaguar spotting especially in the northern Pantanal. Temperatures are mild in Rio and along the Emerald Coast to Paraty where the water temperatures are on the cool side, and more comfortable in Salvador ranging from 22-28 degrees. The Amazon is at its driest with low water levels.

August

Dry season in the Pantanal. Animals are concentrated on the banks of ponds and river ravines and it is the nesting and reproduction season. A great time for jaguar spotting especially in the northern Pantanal. Temperatures are mild to cool in Rio and along the Emerald Coast to Paraty (dropping to 17 degrees) and more comfortable in Salvador ranging from 22-28 degrees. The Amazon is at its driest with low water levels.

September

Dry season in the Pantanal. Temperatures are starting to rise in Rio and along the coast. The Amazon is at its driest with low water levels.

October

Temperatures are starting to rise in Salvador, Rio and along the coast. It is the start of the rainy season in the Pantanal with blue skies and an explosion of wild flowers. It is also mating season for many mammals. The Amazon is at its driest with low water levels.

November

Temperatures are starting to rise in Salvador, Rio and along the coast but the rains have not yet arrived so it is a good time to visit. It is the start of the rainy season in the Pantanal with blue skies and an explosion of wild flowers. It is also mating season for many mammals.

December

Hot and wet in Rio and along the Emerald Coast. The start of the rainy season in both the Amazon and the Pantanal where the wildlife will seek refuge on high ground. Intense heat and tropical downpours in Salvador and Iguazu followed by intermittent drier days. Xmas is peak season for locals and travellers alike.

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