When to go to Brazil

Check out when to go to Brazil and the best time to visit to make the most of your stay in the carnival capital. ATOL Bonded Brazil experts.

The Best time to go to Brazil

The Best time to go to Brazil

The temperate climate of the country means it is more than possible to travel at any time of the year but some of our itineraries, for example in the Amazon and Pantanal, are best experienced at certain times to maximise wildlife sightings. Other considerations include the peak season months around December to February where beach areas can be exceptionally busy and at their hottest, and some may prefer the more relaxed months between April and November. 

When to go

This is a guide for the country as a whole, indicating good times to plan a holiday, taking into account popular places to visit, wildlife encounters and overall weather. Please remember that where in the country will vary depending on month of travel.

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When to go by area

The Amazon 

Whilst hot and humid all year round, there is a dry season in the Amazon between June and December, whilst the wetter season runs from December to May. You may experience some heavy tropical downpours in the afternoons, but these provide welcome respite from the humid conditions. In terms of wildlife, the drier months, in particular between July and late October are best for bird watching and seeing the land mammals and butterflies in the drier forest. 

Pantanal 

The Pantanal wetlands have a rainy season between December and March and a drier season between May and October. Generally the dry season offers the best opportunity to see the mammals, reptiles and birds of the Pantanal, who congregate at watering holes. If you wish to track the elusive jaguar in its natural habitat on an exciting safari through the rivers of the Pantanal, the optimum time for this is June through October. 

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Brazil Monthly Overviews

Read more about each month on the following pages:

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Carnivals and Beaches

Carnival

If you visit Brazil around carnival time you can combine your natural world experience with some of the world’s most ubiquitous and flamboyant festivals (usually February/March). These ‘celebrations of life’ are not held only in Rio de Janeiro, but all over the country with many smaller regional carnivals such as Olinda being highly popular. It is worth bearing in mind that you will need to plan this well in advance due to popularity of this spectacular event. 

Beaches 

Broadly speaking, Rio and the southern coastal areas are cooler in the southern hemisphere’s winter from June to September but this can be refreshing, as they can get seriously humid throughout the rest of the year. If, however, it’s the northeast beaches around Salvador de Bahia that you are interested in, the period between April and July has more rainfall, although it does occur in short tropical bursts, so it should not preclude travel altogether. 

Talk to one of our specialists for further details on travelling to Brazil.