Brazil has positioned itself in recent years as one of the best destinations for travel due to its extraordinary and immense beaches, tropical landscapes, mouthwatering food and kind-hearted people, who are always willing to help the visitors. Whether you want to attend the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, or witness the mighty statue of Christ Redeemer, Brazil is a captivating world tourist destination which has a lot of incredible attractions to charm its visitors.
Just like other countries in South America, Brazil’s weather varies across the regions. It may rain heavily in one region while it can be dry in other and vice versa. To help you understand the climate in Brazil, we are going to give you month-by-month weather insight.
Days in January, in Brazil, are hot because it lies in the middle of summer. It is also the time when there are frequent rains in places like Rio and others in the south, with Belem becoming particularly humid. This is also right before the Rio Carnival which typically happens in February so people from all over the world start flying in, and places start to become crowded, but not as much yet. Average temperature of Brazil in January is between 19 C and 30 C degrees.
Again, hot and humid, temperatures in February can hover around 30 to 35 degrees in most Northern places such as Manaus in the Amazon. The highlight of February is of course the Rio Carnival which is the biggest annual event in the country. As a result, the prices shoot up and so do the number of crowds. If you don’t mind the prices and/or the crowds, then this is a great time to visit the country as it is immersed in vibrant colors and the air is rich with excitement and festivity.
March still lies in the hot wet season which means the sun is scorching all through the day and there are frequent rains. As a result, a lot of roads become inaccessible and the Amazon gets flooded. The flooding of Amazon has both good and bad points. The bad news is that you can not explore the forest on foot and have to resort to a canoe or boat (which is not entirely a bad thing) and the good point is that you are much higher into the canopy (almost 10 meters in) and hence can view animals living higher up in the canopy easily. Average daily temperature remains around 25 C. However, it can increase or decrease depending on which part of Brazil you are in.
Temperatures start to go down as April begins. But there are still cities around Brazil that are still not out of the clutches of the sweltering summer heat of the season. Brazil is not entirely over with its rainy season, with the last few showers happening in the month of April. It also happens to be a great time to the Amazon and Pantanal to see the animals. Because of the rain from the previous months, animals shelter themselves in the vast clusters of islands and hence wildlife watching becomes quite a pleasant experience.
This is a perfect time to visit the Amazon if going to the forest is a must-do on your bucket list. As the winters are just beginning, the weather is very comfortable and ideal for a number of activities all around the country. Average temperatures in the country remain around 23 C. Pantanal, which is the world’s largest tropical wetlands should be ideally visited in May as well and if you wish to enjoy outdoor sports like windsurfing then head on over to Sao Miguel do Gostoso as that is when the wind conditions are the best.
By January, the winter season has properly arrived. The temperatures drop to around 18 C on average, but still don’t become unbearably cold. The weather is just right for exploring a number of places in the vast, beautiful and picturesque outdoors. There are occasional winds and rain, but nothing to disrupt the flow of activities or ruin the trip. For a chance of jaguar spotting, definitely go the Pantanal in June.
This is the time when the grass is lush, and the hillsides carpeted by greenery and wildflowers. The water levels have gone down and across the marshes, grass begins to become visible providing ample opportunities for nature photography. For animal lovers, July is a particularly good time to visit because lots of birds rest in the marshes, allowing bird watching of a great number of exotic species of birds and Santa Catarina welcomes large humpback whales that come to mate and give birth. The best place for whale watching is Praia do Rosa. July offers a pleasant temperature between 17 C to 28 C degrees.
August is one of the busiest months in the year, with many people from all around the world visiting Brazil before their summer holidays are over. But in terms of weather, August is definitely the best time to visit because the temperatures are not just mild, but there is little to no rain hence minimum disruptions during the trip due to bad weather. Visiting the Amazon and the north and east coast of Brazil in August is also a good idea.
September is also another great time to visit the country because Spring is right around the corner, the countryside looks beautiful, the sky is nice and clear with a very low chance of rain and the weather pleasant. In South Brazil, the evenings can get a bit chilly, but a light cardigan or long-sleeved shirts would suffice. September is also another great month for bird watching in Pantanal.
October weather is a mix of everything. In some places the rainy season is just beginning while in others, spring is still lingering on, providing the last few days to enjoy the good weather and all the perks that accompany it, such as outdoor exploration. Traveling in October really depends on which part of the country you are planning on going to.
Temperatures begin to shoot up again as November rolls around the corner, with places like Rio de Janeiro experiencing temperatures between 40 to a whopping 50 degrees Celsius. This is also when the rainy season is at its peak with occasional, heavy thunderstorms, that however don’t last that long. As a result, travelling becomes a bit of a nuisance and many places either get flooded or become inaccessible.
If you plan on visiting the Pantanal, be aware that the hottest season is during December, with heat and humidity levels rising and the mosquitos being particularly unforgiving. Accommodation options are also limited because (a) it is the wet season and hence many places already difficult to access and (b) there are not many visitors to the country during this time anyway. Christmas holidays begin and many prices shoot up also in preparation for the incoming Rio carnival.
CONCLUSION – BEST TIME TO VISIT BRAZIL:
If you want to visit the country in the summer season, then you must travel from November to March as these months are ideal to enjoy festivals in Brazil, including new year and Christmas celebrations. Other months in which you can plan your trip is in July or August, as these months offer beautiful mornings and cool weather, especially in Rio.
Now, the only thing left for you to do is to pack your bags. But before you start doing that you should visit the German website from Backpackertrail. There you can find more detailed information about the weather in Brazil for each month; as well as overall information on what to expect during your journey.