Due to the enormous size of Brazil which is basically the size of the continental United States, it’s a difficult question to answer and depends on the destinations you want to see and the experiences you want to have.
Carnival: February/March is always a wonderful time to visit Brazil as it’s carnival season, people come from all over the world to enjoy the celebration, most Brazilians are on vacation as well and the country is at its most exciting time of year.Read More
Northeast Brazil: For lovers of the tropics, sun and beach, the Northeast of Brazil is a true paradise. I have traveled the globe pretty extensively and in my opinion, it the most pleasant climate that exists and one of the main reasons I choose to live in this region. 300 days a year the temperature is around 30 Celsius or 86 Fahrenheit with strong equatorial sun and a soft breeze to keep you cool. May and June are the typical rainy months.
Pantanal: If flora and fauna is on your list and you want to see the rare jaguars and the other large mammals then the prime months to visit the Pantanal are from June to September. However outside of these months, Pantanal is still fabulous and you will certainly see a huge variety of wildlife any time you choose to go.
Amazon River and Rainforest: For those who desire to see the wonders of the Brazilian Amazon, May to June is a great time to visit when the water level in the Amazon River is at its highest and the surrounding forest is flooded. The Amazon river rises and falls by an astounding 12 to 15 meters annually, and few experiences are more sublime, or uniquely Amazonian, than gliding silently in a canoe through the flooded forest. That said, the dry season (September to November) is attractive time to visit for its clear weather and opportunities for long hikes. The Rainy months in the Amazon are February-April.
Kitesurfers and Windsurfers: Brazil in general but particularly the coast in between Joao Pessoa and Sao Luis will be heaven on earth for you. This region has year around warm weather, stunningly beautiful beaches and strong, consistent trade winds from July to January which makes for some of the best kiting conditions that exist.
South Brazil: Between June and November there is fabulous whale watching in the south of Brazil in destinations such as Florianopolis and Praia do Rosa; while if artisan beer is your thing, head to Blumenau in October for the world’s largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany.
So to summarize, any time is a good time for a Brazil vacation, it just depends on what you want to do and what parts of the country you wish to see!
Brazil’s visa policy is based on reciprocity; therefore citizens of countries that insist upon entry visas for Brazilian citizens will need entry visas. Americans, Canadians and Australians need a visa to enter Brazil at the time this was written in 2014. Check with the Brazilian Consulate in your country for the most current information.
Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Brazil. Remember to save the“ENTRY/EXIT CARD”, which is must be completed upon entering Brazil. This document has to be checked and stamped by the Federal Police when entering and leaving the country.
A vaccination against yellow fever is necessary when visiting some inland areas in Brazil including the Pantanal and the Amazon. A vaccination against Malaria Prophylaxis is advised when visiting some areas in the Amazon basin.
Please consult your travel doctor for the latest advice regarding vaccinations and take a look at the Center for Disease Control CDC site.
The North and Northeast regions are considered equatorial and in these areas it is between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 30 degrees Centigrade) with very little variation in temperature all year long. Light summer clothing are appropriate no matter what time of year you visit. Bring a rain coat in May & June.Read More
In Rio, summer runs from December to March with temperatures ranging from 25C to 42C or 77F to 107F while winter is from June to August when temperatures can drop to around 20C or68F in the day and cool 16C or 60F at night. A sweater is a smart idea if visiting Rio de Janeiro during the cold months.
The mountains in Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais along with the South of Brazil can get cold from June-August. During these months the mountain towns outside of Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo can get as cold as 9C or 48F at night. Curitiba in the state of Parana can get as low as 8C or 46F. A coat and warm hat is a good idea if you visit these areas in the winter.
To summarize, Brazil is an enormous country and the weather varies dramatically depending on which region you want to visit.
Brazil has some of the warmest and friendliest people you will ever meet and it is not a country where you would normally feel in danger, quite the opposite actually.Read More
There is however a huge difference in wealth between the rich and poor and therefore crime does exist which can affect you if you are unlucky. The threat of crime is drastically more prevalent in the large cities whereas in many of the small mountain towns and beach villages the crime is almost non existent.
Organizing your trip through BrazilVacation.travel is a great way to minimize risk because the logistics of your vacation will be handled by us. However, bad things can happen no matter where you are in the world and it is always smart to take extra measures to insure you safety. Here are some simple ways to avoid being the victim of any sort of crime by using common sense and only carrying with you what you need.
Lock your passport, extra credit cards and other valuables in the safe at your hotel and try to minimize the amount of expensive items you carry with you, especially in the large cities. At the beach all you need is the soft sand, your towel and a cold coconut water which is sold by beach vendors all over Brazil. Leave your flashy watches, jewelry and brand name clothing at home, the more you stand out, the more of a target you become for petty theft.
At night, should you choose to arrange transportation on your own rather than have us handle it for you, take taxis and avoid wandering down dark streets or on the beach after dark. Public buses in the large cities are not recommended and taxis are a better option, they are metered and generally reasonably priced.
BrazilVacation.travel advises our client’s to carry a photocopy of your passport and entry card (this is filled in when you arrive in Brazil). By law, foreigners should always be able to show their passport on demand as proof of identity but a high quality photo copy is sufficient.
An alarmingly high percentage of the violent crime in Brazil is drug related as it is in many countries. We recommend not buying drugs and staying away from areas where drugs are sold.
Don’t believe all the scare stories you see on news, use common sense, be conscious of your surroundings and the people you choose to associate with and you’ll have a wonderful time. As I said at the beginning, Brazil has one of the warmest and friendliest cultures you will ever experience!
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