Best time to visit Brazil
Brazil is really a year-round destination depending on why you want to come. The best time to come to Brazil for wildlife generally differs from the time most people choose to hit the beaches.
The best months to visit are generally considered to be from March to November, as this is the dry season. Having said that the beaches tend to be popular in the European winter, from about December to March, as whilst it might be rainy, it's still hot.
Dry season in Brazil (March to November)
The dry season tends to be the best time to come for wildlife viewing, particularly from June to October.
Wet season in Brazil (December to February)
This also coincides with the Brazilian summer holidays and European winter holidays, when hotels and beaches can get very busy.
best times for different regions of brazil
- You can visit the Pantanal from roughly the end of May until the rains begin again about December. This avoid the flooded months.
- The floods arrive in the Pantanal around January, and whilst the rains stop around March, the floods take until late May to recede. So the Pantanal is mainly inaccessible from January until mid-end May
- A highlight of the Pantanal is seeing wild jaguars and giant otters.
- Jaguars are best from June to October. During these dry months they love to sit on the river banks in the sun. As soon as rain comes, they go into the forest making them impossible to find.
- Some lodges are open all year even during floods, but it is not so good for spotting wildlife at this time and travel is difficult.
- Even though it's dry and sunny, from July to September there can be a few days when cold fronts blow in, bringing sudden drops in temperature. It can get quite cold and wildlife can move back in to the forest during these odd days, but there is not telling when such days will arrive.
- You can visit the Amazon all year round but should expect rain any time in the rainforest!
- The rains begin in December and the Amazon slowly rises over the next few months. The highest water levels in the Amazon (especially around Manaus) are in June. In the higher water months you are much closer to top of tree canopy so easier to see wildlife in the trees. However of course walking is not possible in most places so you're exploring by canoe and boat.
- The lowest water month is September. In low water months (generally around August to November), you can take walks and have much more access in the forest on trails. You will see different wildlife on ground that you might not get to see in high water months.
Rio & southern Brazil
- June to October is the colder season, and so not so good for beach lovers.
- It warms up around November and the warmest months are January to March, but this is middle of rainy season. You should expect short sharp tropical showers, and some transport problems due to rains.
- Carnival is Shrove Tuesday (in February or March each year). It's most famous in Rio but there are also carnivals in other towns.
- Southern right whales can be seen off the coast of Santa Catarina from August to October.
- You can visit these magnificent waterfalls at any time of year as they don't dry up.
- High water at the falls is January to April, when you'll see a vast blanket of water.
- Lowest water levels are roughly July to August. This does not mean the falls are less impressive though, just different.
Salvador & Bahia
- This area is good all year round as it's equatorial so there are no strong seasons.
- Beaches here are good any time, especially July to October. If you want to see Brazilian wildlife and then hit the beach, this is the best place to come for the coast in these months.
- The wetter months here are between April and June.