What to bring
news for travelers is that Brazil can be visited comfortably
throughout the year. From March to November, Brazil is at
its driest and it is the preferred time to go. From December
to February, which is considered summer, the country can be
rainy and humid.
The only region in which there is an extreme seasonal change
is the south, which includes the states of Paraná, Santa
Catarina and Mato Grosso do Sul, which are seen on our
South of Brazil
tour. It can be rather sticky and hot in the summer, and
winters are marked by cold and frequent rain. The
temperature often drops below freezing in some parts of the
In the southeast, where the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São
Paulo are located, the summer is hot and humid with
temperature reaching 40° C; occasional rains cool the
temperature a bit. In the winter, it rains constantly and
temperature can drop to 20°C. The evenings and winter days
can be fairly cool, and sweaters or light coats are needed.
The northeast, the temperature is warm, breezy and not as
humid as Rio. Temperature is around 30°C year-round making a
perfect weather for a beach vacation.
In the Planalto, the country's central plateau,
frequent rains keep the temperature a bit cooler than on the
coast. From July to September, expect very dry weather with
humidity as low as 7% in some areas of this region.
The Amazon region is always hot and humid, but the best time
to see it is July-August, when it is neither the peak of the
rainy season nor the time when the river is lowest. From
November to March, expect immeasurable amounts of rain.
Most Brazilians take their vacation during their summer,
from December to February. Keep
in mind, especially if they fall during the week. Brazilians
tends to take advantage of prolonged holidays; i.e. they
take a good deal of time off. At these times, travel can be
difficult and expensive. Flights and hotels should be booked
well in advance. Many hotels in the coast are sold out ahead
of time in the summer. Coastal freeways are usually very
busy during this period, since traveling by car is the
preferred mode transportation among Brazilians. Summer is
also the most festive time of year, especially during the
week of Carnival, usually taking place in late February.
Some states, like Bahia in the northeast, extend their
Carnival for weeks.