Brazil's warm climate and unique variety of activities make it a year-round destination. It has major international cities like Rio de Janeiro; famous beaches such as Ipanema and Copacabana; and the Amazon, which is a world icon of ecology and biodiversity. Brazil's summer, from December through February, is one of the most popular times to visit as people from other parts of the world come to escape cold winter weather. July is also a popular time because of school holidays.
- high season: December to February, July
- shoulder season: March to May, August to November
With 92 percent of the country located between the equator and the tropic of Capricorn, Brazil is predominately tropical and boasts an average temperature of 82 degrees throughout the majority of the country. The south tends to be cooler with annual temperatures averaging 68 degrees and winter temperatures that can fall below freezing.
Weather-wise, the most favorable time to visit is from June through August. Other months may experience high humidity mixed with hot temperatures. It is important to note that the seasons are the exact opposite of those in the U.S. and Europe (except for in the northern region of Brazil), when summer occurs from December through February and winter occurs from June through August.
December through February experiences the largest crowds, with people looking to escape winter and enjoy summer in the tropical climate. Festivals and events draw crowds throughout the country at different times. The biggest is Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, which typically occurs at the end of February.
Hotels, shops, and other venues remain open throughout the year.
When to Save
Prices are generally lower from March through November, with the exception of July.
When to Book
For travel during the high season, book three to four months in advance to find the best prices on airfare and hotels. Book one month in advance for travel during the low season.
Information provided by Brazilian Tourism.