Sara and John say...
There isn’t a best time to visit Brazil – it’s a year-round destination of varied climates, none of which should deter travel to any part of this fascinating country at any given time.
Even in the wetter months, the country offers a range of distinct cultural, landscape and wildlife-spotting opportunities and experiences. And even in the notoriously wet and humid Amazon rain forest, there’s a drier season of several months.
The semi-arid northeast is the driest and hottest part of Brazil, where temperatures can approach 40 Celsius. By contrast, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Salvador on the coast have more comfortable climates, and enjoy near-constant refreshing trade winds off the sea.
The spring months of August to November are a great time to visit the Panatal and across to Rio. There are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Remember that Rio can be particularly busy through Christmas and New Year.
The midsummer months of January to March are accompanied by the start of the rains but, by April and May, the peak of the heat is easing.
June and July are lovely times to visit the Green Coast. Evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Near the southern cities of Porto Alegre and Curitiba, temperatures can fall below freezing through the winter months; and in some years there is snow in the mountainous areas, such as Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.
As we say, it’s a country of climate contrasts - so go and embrace the rich cultural and scenic contrasts that come with it.