Brazil promises magnificent natural wonders, vibrant and atmospheric cities, dense rainforests and stunning beaches. Rio de Janeiro is home to the world-famous Copacabana beach, iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and the towering Christ the Redeemer statue, whilst the colourful Rio Carnival takes place each February or March.

Rich in biodiversity, the country is home to the greatest assortment of plant and animal life on earth. Nature lovers can explore the enormous Amazon Rainforest, a must on any tour of Brazil. Spend a few days in a jungle lodge or aboard an Amazon Cruise for fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. The vast Pantanal Wetlands also provided other wonderful wildlife experiences including an opportunity to spot the elusive jaguar. Straddling the border with Argentina lies the epic Iguacu Falls, and with a coastline stretching over 4,600 miles, Brazil also boasts a wide array of beaches; from deserted white sands to lively city beaches, rocky coves to luxury resorts. It’s no wonder that with all Brazil has to offer that locals claim ‘Deus e Brasileiro’ (God is Brazlian).

Top Recommendations

  • Go wildlife-watching in the Pantanal, home to the greatest concentration of fauna in the Americas
  • Peer out above or wander below the world’s most famous jungle canopy in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Join the Mayhem of Brazil’s biggest street party at Carnival in Rio, Salvador or Olinda
  • The thunderous Iguacu Falls
  • The spectacular island of Fernando de Noronha, with gorgeous beaches and world-class diving
  • A football match at the Maracana Stadium or Ipanema Beach, Rio’s loveliest and most fabled stretch of coastline

When to Visit

The best time to visit Brazil varies dramatically by region. For coastal destinations, the best time to visit is November through to April. For example, Rio de Janeiro experiences warmer but also slightly wetter weather during this time, however, Rio de Janeiro Carnival takes place in February or March each year. The Amazon and Pantanal’s wet season runs from November/December to April/May when flooded waterways offer more opportunities for water-based activities, whilst the dry seasons bring greater opportunities to see wildlife lazing along the riverbank.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Rio de Janeiro & Manaus.