Brazil is an enormous country and has many climate zones. Most of the country is tropical, with an average temperature in the north of 28 degrees and 20 degrees in the south. The country rarely has extreme weather, but summers in Rio can reach up to 40 degrees.
When to fly to Brazil
Since Brazil lies in the Southern Hemisphere its summer is December through to March and winter is from June through to September. The best time to book flights to Brazil is from December until Carnaval season; usually in February. However this is also when accommodation and flights are at their peak. Another popular time to visit is the week of Easter.
May to October is winter in Brazil but if you’re looking for a bargain then it’s probably the best time to visit – prices are lower and temperatures are in the upper 20s; much milder than in summer.
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Getting around Brazil
Brazil is a vast country and the best way (but certainly not the cheapest) to get around is by domestic flights. Most visitors who plan on visiting a few different regions or cities should invest in a Brazil Pass which can be arranged through your travel agent or airline when booking your ticket.
In the major cities the best, and safest, way to get around is by taxi.
For long-distance travel buses are a good, reliable option and all major cities are linked by bus routes.
Rental cars are available at the airport although driving can be rather frustrating and dangerous at times.
Brazil insider information
- Hike through the tropical jungle of the Parque Nacional da Tijuca in Rio. Although it’s located in the city its waterfalls and lush greenery make for a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle.
- Take a cable car up 396 metres (1300 feet) to Pão de Açúcar or Sugar Loaf and see the most breathtaking views of the entire city beneath you. Then head up Corcovado Mountain and visit the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.
- If you’re a football fan then you can’t miss a game at the football mecca of the world: Maracanã Stadium. With 100,000 passionate fans screaming, dancing and singing, it’ll definitely be a game you’ll never forget.
- Lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy the serenity of kayaking in the Amazon. You can take a guided tour and explore the rainforest, then stop for a meal prepared by the tour’s chef. But if you’d rather get your adrenaline pumping then try hang gliding at 780 metres (2,624 feet) above the city of Rio.
- Invite yourself to the wildest party in the world – Carnaval. Each year the city turns into one big party with thousands participating in the samba parade and dancing till the early hours of the morning.
- Trivago is a useful website to start searching for hotels in Brazil. You get a quick overview of reviews and prices for hotels in the most popular cities including hotels in Rio de Janeiro or hotels in Sao Paulo.