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April is the shoulder season in Brazil. The hot summer temperatures start cooling down, but it is still warm enough for beautiful days on the beach. Easter is an important religious holiday in the country and there are colorful parades and lively street processions to celebrate The milder weather makes April one of the best times to witness the local art, and culture or enjoy sightseeing in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, and the capital, Brasilia.

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Brazil Weather in April

See Macaw parrots on your Brazil holiday
Pantanal is home to exotic wildlife, including the majestic Macaw parrots.

The hot, humid weather that Brazil experiences in summer begin to wane in April as the country moves into the dry season. The coastal regions enjoy long, sunny days with clear blue skies and warm weather, while the southern parts of the country begin to get a bit cooler.

Average daily temperatures range between 18°C and 26°C, which makes for ideal sightseeing and hiking weather, however, there is a 41% chance of daily rain in April. It is still the rainy season in the depths of the Amazon and the Pantanal, meaning April might not be the best time for jungle adventures.

For a seasonal overview of the weather in Brazil, visit our guide on the best time to visit Brazil.

Weather in Brazil in April - Rainfall and Temperatures

MarAprMay
Avg Daily (°C)292826
Avg Nightly (°C)232220
Avg Daily (°F)858379
Avg Nightly (°F)747268
Avg Rainfall (mm)10313786

Why Visit Brazil in April

Hilltop cathedral Ouro Preto, Brazil in April
Ouro Preto has beautifully preserved Baroque architecture and precious art amid its urban landscape.
Canoe in the Amazon Rainforest , Brazil
Brazil consists of over 60% of the Amazon Rainforest.

 April is a pleasant time to visit Brazil if you enjoy exploring cities and sightseeing or spending relaxing days on the beach. It is also a good time to get out into nature and do some hiking, and several religious festivals around Easter shouldn’t be missed. Here is a list of why you should visit Brazil in April:  

  • Easter celebrations in Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais: Dating back to 1698 and one of the most notable customs of Holy Week, this colorful festival sees the laying of carpets in the streets of Ouro Preto.
  • International Art Festival of São Paulo: Take in some awe-inspiring artworks at this world-renowned art festival which takes place in the first week of April. Renowned art galleries showcase over 2,000 works from both emerging and established artists in a wide variety of mediums.
  • Surfing in Porto Alegre: April brings big swells to the coastline of southern Brazil and some of the best surfing conditions in the country. Grab your board and catch some waves in Porto Alegre.
  • São Paulo Fashion Week: Mingle with Brazil’s fashionistas at what is known as “Latin America's pre-eminent fashion event,” which is held semi-annually in São Paulo. Outside the big four fashion weeks in New York, London, Paris, and Milan, this event is fast becoming one of the highlights on the fashion calendar.
  • See tree-climbing jaguars in the Amazon: April is the best month to see this amazing phenomenon. With the floor of the Amazon flooded after the rainy season, these agile cats take to the trees to avoid the water and it’s a rare and spectacular sight if you are lucky enough to one.

Where To Go and What to Do

Capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, with evening light during orange sunse
Catch a glimpse of the amazing wildlife in the Pantanal — the world's most extensive submerged grassland.

With the weather being slightly cooler, and the madness of carnival season over, Brazil’s beaches and main cities can be a bit quieter this time of year, making it a great time for both exploring and relaxing.

São Paulo is Brazil’s most vibrant city and a seasonal destination with April being one of the best times to visit. The city boasts more than 100 museums, the historical municipal theatre—Teatro Municipal de São Paolo, excellent restaurants, and trendy bars. It also hosts the International Art Festival, and São Paulo Fashion Week and a visit to the famous Ponte Estacada Bridge shouldn’t be missed!

Mild weather makes this time of the year excellent for hiking and there are some amazing places around the country to explore such as the Serra da Tiririca State Park and the Parque da Cidade de Niteroi (Niterói City Park). This is a good time to go on a city tour of Rio de Janeiro and explore the vast Pantanal, the world's largest wetland and wildlife haven, which begins its best season in April.

Brazil has something for every kind of traveler from sightseeing cities and exploring art galleries and museums to enjoying local art and culture, soaking up the sun on the beach, or hiking in one of the many state parks.

Design your tailor-made itinerary with the expert guidance of our local travel expert who can customize your trip to Brazil. You can also Check out Brazil tours in April for some inspiration for the adventure of a lifetime.

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Published by Will Cooper, updated on May 16, 2024

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