Brazil is a fantastic country to visit year round. However, depending on what region you want to visit and your travel style, will determine the best time to visit Brazil. Read on for our recommendations on when to visit Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon, and the Pantanal.
Rio de Janeiro – Best Times to Visit Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is beautiful year round, even during the winter months from June – August, you can enjoy warm weather. If you want to avoid crowds, August – September can be an excellent time to visit. By then spring has arrived, the temperatures begin to rise, and the clouds have cleared!
High Season is December – March
From December to March, it is the Brazilian summer, so beaches and tourist attractions are usually packed! You’ll want to plan in advance if you visit during these months.
New Years: If you are looking for a big party, Rio de Janeiro is the place to be for New Years! Everyone gathers at the beach for the celebration. Along the waterfront, there’s live music, endless dancing and plenty of bars to grab a drink.
Carnival falls between the months of February and March, it all depends on when the beginning of Lent is. Thousands of people flock to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, locals and tourists from around the world come together. Carnival is one big celebration leading up to Fat Tuesday filled with parades, street parties, and balls. Temperatures can reach 90 – 100 degrees. Keep in mind that it can be challenging to find a room during Carnival and Easter, typically hotels will require a 5-night minimum stay.View Brazil Tours >>
The Amazon – Best Times to Visit Brazil
Anytime is a good time to visit the Amazon because you can spot wildlife year round. However, in my opinion, I would recommend visiting May to June between the rainy season and between the hottest seasons. You get the best of both worlds.
Dry Season or Low Water Season: June through December
During the dry season, temperatures rise, but there’s relatively low precipitation. Temperatures average about 98°F (37°C). However, regardless of the name, you are still likely to experience some rain, but it is obviously less frequent compared to the wet season. If you are interested in hiking, this is the time to visit. During the dry season, the water levels drop, making it easier to walk through the jungle. Guides can take you further into the Amazon to see the flora and fauna by foot. If you are interested in fishing, this is also the ideal time to visit. With the lower water level, it’s easier to catch fish. There are also fewer mosquitos during the dry season.
Wet Season or High Water Season: January through May
During the wet season, there are heavy rains and water levels rise and flood the jungle. If you’re traveling during this time, you’ll want to bring a good rain jacket. Temperatures are around 80°F (26°C) during the wet season. The perk of traveling to the Amazon during the wet season is that you have better access to wetlands, and can cover greater distances by boat since the water level rises about 5-10 meters (16-32 feet). The weather is also cooler during this time and can be more comfortable for travelers.View Brazil Amazon Tours >>
Pantanal Wetlands – Best Times to Visit Brazil
Unlike the Amazon and Rio de Janeiro, there is a good and bad time to visit the Pantanal. The best time to visit the Pantanal is during the dry season, from May to September.
Dry season: May to September
At the end of April and beginning of May, the Pantanal enters the dry season. During the dry season, the animals become easier to spot, in fact, it is easier to see wildlife in the Pantanal than the Amazon because the Pantanal is not as dense as the Amazon. As the water recedes from the wet season, the colors of the Pantanal begin to pop. And if you’re in search of the elusive jaguar, June to August is the best time to spot the cat. Since most of the wetlands have dried up, the roads are more accessible, and it is easier to travel deep into the Pantanal. Fishing is also best during the beginning of the dry season from April to May.
Wet season: November to April
From November to April is the wet season in the Pantanal and it becomes difficult to travel along the roads. During this time cattle and the wildlife group together on little islands covered with vegetation. It is not ideal to visit the Pantanal during the wet season. February to March typically experience the heaviest rainfall and from December to February temperatures can reach up to 40°C (104°F). Due to the flooded roads, it is common for hotels to close during the wet season.View Brazil Pantanal Tours >>