Visit the intoxicating land of Brazil, bursting with samba sounds, carimbó drumbeat and carnival atmosphere.
A vast and diverse country, expect sun-kissed beaches, vibrant street life and natural wonders at every turn during your visit. Sip a caipirinha while enjoying the view of Copacabana beach, take in the amazing atmosphere of a football match in the Maracaña Stadium and explore the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the Iguazú Falls. It’s a trip you won’t forget in a hurry.
A holiday to Brazil can be combined with any other South American country; partner with Peru and see the incredible Inca ruins at Macchu Picchu or twin with Argentina for everything from cowboy experiences to stunning glaciers. You can also pair a Brazilian adventure with Easter Island or Ecuador to experience the unforgettable Galapogos Islands.
Visiting Salvador during the dry season means you will enjoy clear, blue skies and warm, tropical weather. January is the driest month, although if it does rain in Salvador during the dry season it will be very brief.
The tropical climate of Salvador has consistently warm temperatures and sunny skies. We love visiting between October and February, when there is less chance of rain and the sun is warm but tempered by ocean breezes. In February we love enjoying Carnival in Salvador.
There is not really a discernible rainy season, although April to July can see an increased chance of rain, bringing occasional rain and slightly cooler nights. If it rains it usually lasts no more than an hour or two.
Praia do Forte’s dry season is filled with warm, sunny days refreshed by tropical sea breezes. The village experiences low humidity and almost no rain during the dry season.
Praia do Forte’s dry season is our favourite time to visit, particularly February when we love combining a beach holiday with Carnival season. Keep in mind this season is very busy and accommodation fills up quickly.
Although temperatures are fairly stable throughout the year in Praia do Forte, there is a rainy season between April and July. Occasional rains and cool nights punctuate sunny, warm weather. Rain showers usually last no more than an hour or two.
Autumn in Rio de Janeiro is short with high temperatures and dropping humidity levels from the humid summer. Overall the season doesn’t differ much from the rest of the year, although March and April can be rainy.
We love visiting Rio de Janeiro between March and June or between September and November. Spring and autumn are short seasons and show very little temperature difference, but skies are clear and sunny, humidity is lower, rains less frequent, and crowds fewer.
Thanks to the equatorial location of Rio spring is very short and shows little difference from other seasons. The temperatures are warm rather than hot and the humidity is low.
Most of the year is summer in Rio de Janeiro, with hot daytime temperatures and comfortable night temperatures. The summer months will have the highest chance of rain, although it is unpredictable when. On average December is the rainiest month.
Winter in Rio de Janeiro is not like what we experience in the UK. The temperature remains similar to summer ones, dropping five degrees or so, and it can get a bit cooler at night. Rainfall is infrequent and rarely occurs during the winter.
Summer heat continues into autumn in Buzios, although humidity levels quickly start to drop. Early autumn can be quite rainy but overall the temperatures do not differ much from the rest of the year.
March to June or September to November are the best months to visit Buzios. Since most of the year is sunny, any time is a good time to visit Buzios, but these months see lower humidity and less rainfall, as well as fewer crowds.
Spring is short and shows little difference from the rest of the year in Buzios, thanks to its equatorial location. Temperatures are warm, rather than hot, and humidity is lower than in summer.
The summer in Buzios is hot and humid with heavy rains falling occasionally. The rain is unpredictable, but on average the wettest month is December. Days are often sunny and when it rains it typically clears quickly.
Weather in Buzios alters very little throughout the year, although winter tends to be a few degrees cooler than in the summer and your chances of seeing rain decrease. This is the driest part of the year. You may need a jacket for cooling evenings.
Autumn at Iguaza Falls can offer a pretty impressive display from any rain that falls. Expect slightly cooler days and a chance of overcast skies.
To get good weather and see the falls impressively full, August to November is the best time to visit Iguazu Falls. These months offer a nice compromise between the rainy months of December through February and the drier months of June and July when the falls dwindles.
During spring at Iguazu Falls the weather gets increasingly warm, with sunny skies and less humidity. You will see an impressive display of water rushing over the falls from any rain that falls.
The hot, summer months fall between December and February at Iguazu Falls. This is when the weather is the most humid, with monsoon-like rains further upstream making the river run high, often flooding the cat walks.
Iguazu Falls’ winter months see cooler temperatures and lower humidity. The clouds tend to be overcast and the water level flowing over the falls is considerably lower due to less rain during this season.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Brazil from the UK.
Direct Carriers: British Airways offer a direct service from the UK.
Indirect Carriers: American Airlines, Iberia, Lufthansa, Air France and Continental Airlines offer indirect services to Brazil.
Departure Taxes: An international departure tax of USD38/R15 must be paid at Brazilian Airports.
The average tipping rate you will find on your holiday in Brazil is 10 to 12 percent, although many restaurants include this in the bill, so be sure to check. Parking assistants do not receive a wage and rely wholly on tips, so expect to tip two Brazilian Reais. Tipping is not expected for taxis, although you can round up to the nearest Brazilian Real. Doorman and bellman typically receive one Brazilian Real, while the maid gets about five Brazilian Reais per day.
No specific vaccinations required
None for British citizens.
Brazil's currency is called the Real (Ray-al, plural Reais). There is an open currency here, so you can bring UK Pounds in and out of Brazil, although you may find it difficult to exchange UK Pounds (US Dollars are easier).
We recommend you use your credit or debit card and withdraw cash when you arrive in Brazil. This will give you the best exchange rate. There are casa de cambio (bureau de change) booths in the airport to exchange your UK Pounds, but away from the airport and Rio de Janeiro, you may find it difficult. Make sure you keep your receipt in case you want to change your money back. You will find the best exchange rates by using credit cards, which are accepted at most shops, hotels, and restaurants. Do keep in mind, though, that if you use cash you may be able to negotiate a better price. Don't bother bringing traveller's cheques as most shops will not accept them.