The weather is at its warmest in January, and it's a great time to visit if you want to spend time enjoying the country's many beaches. Visit the famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, try windsurfing in São Miguel do Gostoso, and look for jaguars in the Amazon as you canoe through the flooded rainforest. Stroll around the streets of the charming old town in Salvador and experience the city's African-Brazilian culture or learn how to surf in Fortaleza — Brazil's fifth-biggest city.
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February in Brazil means one thing: Carnival season. Colorful parades and street parties are held across the country, while cities like Rio de Janeiro put on spectacular city-wide shows. Don't miss the Galo da Madrugada in Recife—an epic parade and the biggest street party in the world. In the north, warm weather makes February an ideal time for sightseeing in São Luis and Fortaleza. In the south, conditions are perfect for surfing, sunbathing, and relaxing on white-sand beaches.
March brings big crowds and a dynamic, joyful vibe to Brazil with Carnival season and Holy Week, along with quieter beach time and sightseeing. No matter if the festivities take place during the month or not, it is a great month to visit and enjoy culture, hiking, and sun. It's a great time to visit the Iguazu Falls, which are swollen with water after the summer rains, go on a hiking tour in Fernando de Noronha, or visit São Paulo to enjoy warm weather, culture, and nightlife. Keep reading to find out why March is a great month to visit Brazil.
Easter brings parades and energy to Brazil from the beginning to the middle of the month. Mild weather makes this period excellent for hiking and city adventures, and it is the perfect time to enjoy sightseeing, culture, and art in cities such as São Paulo. Check out the International Art Festival of São Paulo and head to Ouro Preto to attend one of the best Easter celebrations in Brazil. Continue to the world's largest wetland and wildlife haven—Pantanal, which begins its best season in April.
May in Brazil opens the doorway to the mighty Amazon and wildlife in Pantanal. Warm weather brings excellent hiking opportunities and city exploration time. Go on a boat cruise on the Amazon River, watch squirrel monkeys hanging in the trees, and spot a jaguar or two on a safari tour. Visit the Shell Open Air theatre in Rio de Janeiro and watch a movie on the world's biggest open-air cinema screen. Read on for travel tips for traveling to Brazil in May.
June is an exciting month in Brazil. The famous June festivals take place across the country, and you can join celebrations in São Luís, Salvador, and Recife. Attend the world's largest Pride Festival in beautiful São Paolo and experience amazing parades, colors, and joyful spirit. Go climbing in the Serra dos Órgãos National Park and visit Brazil's most intriguing sand dune region in the Lencóis Maranhenses National Park, and celebrate Brazilian Valentine's Day—Dia Dos Namorados.
July in Brazil brings wildlife watching and adventures in the Amazon, with jaguars making frequent appearances in the open wildlife area of Pantanal. Hikers will especially enjoy mountain areas like the Serra Gaúcha, Rio Grande do Sul, and Gramado. Rio de Janeiro is warm and sunny, and prime national parks and recreation areas this month include Tijuca and Campos do Jordão. Read on for more travel tips and advice for visiting Brazil in July.
August is the dry season in Brazil, which means sightseeing, beach time, and jungle exploration. Head to Salvador da Bahia to see its 17th- and 18th-century living museum, hike through white dunes and turquoise lagoons in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, or visit Santa Catarina to see right whales migrating. August brings big festivals (like Bumba Meu Boi in São Luís), ideal conditions for wildlife viewing in the Pantanal, and sunshine to the coastal cities. Read on for more travel tips if you're visiting Brazil in August.
September in Brazil is shoulder season, and one of the best months to visit. It's winter in the southern hemisphere, with some cities (like Curitiba) seeing snowfall. Visit the winter capital of Brazil—Gramado—and hike through the mountainous city of Petrópolis. It's dry this month in the rainforest, so consider a trip to the Amazon to see wildlife. You might link together a visit to several cities with a trip to the Pantanal to make the most of the off-season prices. Read on to learn why September is one of the best months to visit Brazil.
It's the shoulder season in Brazil, and one of the best times to visit. October is the tail end of winter in Brazil, with warming weather and dry, sunny days throughout the country. It's a good time to head to the Green Coast beautiful Ilha Grande and visit some of the most famous beaches in Brazil, hike through forest trails, or embark on a riverboat cruise on the Manaus river. Enjoy October celebrations such as the Oktober Fest in Blemau, and watch films across the city of Rio de Janeiro at the Rio International Film Festival.
November in Brazil is still low season, but as the weather warms you can enjoy hiking, beach time, and sightseeing without worrying about getting lost in the crowds. Head to Salvador de Bahia and stroll around All Saints Bay, take a day trip to Chapada Diamantina National Park, and enjoy whale watching in Florianopolis. Get adventurous and try windsurfing or kiteboarding in Natal and Fortaleza, or visit the Botanical Garden in Rio to admire 6,000 species of plants, including 900 different species of palms.
It's Christmas, the weather is warm, and Brazil comes alive in December like no other month. Visit Gramado—the Chrismas Capital of Brazil—to see the great Christmas Parade, a spectacular light show, ice skaters, and acrobats. Head to the Lapa district in Rio de Janeiro, where Christmas markets fill the streets, then celebrate New Year's Eve on Copacabana beach with the spectacular Reveillon Carnival. Keep reading to find out why December is a magical month to visit Brazil.