The wet season begins in November in Brazil, and the rainfall increases as the months go on until March. It gets a bit more humid in November, but it is still not as hot and humid as during the months December-February, which means the weather is pleasant overall. There might be occasional rainstorms, but they rarely last long.
In the northeast, you will experience temperatures around 75-80°F, and in Rio de Janeiro, you can expect around 90-95°F. The weather in November creates an excellent opportunity for unique wildlife spotting, as the clusters of islands provide shelters for wildlife.
Crowds & Costs
November is still low season in Brazil, although European travelers tend to visit to enjoy beach time and leisure and escape the cold. You can benefit from lower prices on flights and accommodation while enjoying great weather and fewer crowds. It gets busier at the beginning of the month when all of Brazil celebrates All Souls Day, known as the Day of the Dead, on the cities and beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia. Overall, it is the perfect time to enjoy a quieter time combined with water-based activities and sightseeing.
Where to Go
Visit Rio de Janeiro and head to the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana—two of the most recognizable beaches in Brazil. Enjoy sunbathing, nature, and nightlife as the evenings become warm and pleasant. Continue to the Botanical Garden (the largest in South America), where you can spend a whole day and admire 6,000 species of plants, including 900 different palm trees, and countless species of colorful birds. Stroll around and take beautiful pictures of the famous Avenue of Royal Palms—an incredible 2,460 feet (750 m) long.
Take a trip to Bahia and the northeast and visit Chapada Diamantina National Park, just five hours away from Bahia de Salvador. It's one of the best regions in Brazil to enjoy trekking and hiking in November. Here you'll find thundering waterfalls, black water pools, quartz caves, and colonial-era diamond-mining towns.
What to Do
November is the tail end of the whale watching season in Brazil. Visit the state of Santa Catarina in the south, especially Praia do Rosa in Florianopolis, to see the whales as they migrate to the coast to give birth to their young. You might even spot their young calves, swimming alongside their mothers. November is also the time in Brazil to enjoy the beaches, swim, sip on a caipirinha, or try windsurfing.
Head to São Miguel do Gostoso, located in between the two northern cities of Natal and Fortaleza. These are some of the best spots for windsurfing and water adventures, and in November, the wind is in your favor, making it an excellent time to try it. Another fun activity in November in Brazil is kiteboarding, which you can also do in Fortaleza, as well as in Cumbuco, Lagoa do Cauípe, and Taiba.
Events in November
All Souls’ Day (November 2). Also known as the Day of the Dead or the Feast of All Souls, the celebration commemorates the ‘faithful departed’ and people pray for those in purgatory.
Proclamation of the Republic (November 15). The declaration of the Republic is an essential date in Brazil’s history. A military coup overthrew Emperor Dom Pedro II in 1889, and the First Brazilian Republic was established.
Traveling to Brazil in November? Check out these great itineraries.
Chapada Diamantina Trek - 7 Days. For those who enjoy hiking, this seven-day trip to Chapada Diamantina is a must. Considered one of the most beautiful crossings in Brazil, the Pati Valley is surrounded by incredible cliffs, mountains, cascading waterfalls, and incredible natural beauty. Explore the Cachoeirão Waterfall and the Cave of the Castle and learn about the history and local culture on overnight homestays.
Hike Gavéa and Telégrafo in Rio - 2 Days. Get ready for two days of adventure in Rio de Janeiro, enjoying the region's stunning natural beauty and mild climate to hit the trails. On your first day, hike to Pedra do Telégrafo, where you will see views of the surrounding mountains and take some iconic photos. On the second day hike to Pedra da Gávea, where you'll spot local wildlife and enjoy panoramic views of the city and coast.