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Brazil in August: Pleasant Weather, Lesser Crowd

From samba parties and pristine beaches to thrilling football matches, Brazil offers something for visitors of all interests, and August offers pleasant weather across Brazil. This winter month in the southern hemisphere is ideal for venturing into the Amazon or taking in the cultural charms of inland cities.

Brazil Weather in August

small rocky beach in Aracruz, Brazil
The stunning Brazilian coasts flaunt large stretches of golden sand beaches.

Considering Brazil’s large landmass, the country has five climatic zones. This means the weather is likely to vary from one region to another. However, this winter month is dry throughout most of the country.  

Northern cities like Belem have warm weather. The temperatures average around 29°C, inviting visitors to head to the nearby beaches. In the southeast, cities like Rio de Janeiro can be a tad chillier yet still very pleasant. The daytime temperatures reach a maximum of 25°C with five days of rain throughout the month. 

It gets chillier as you travel southward. São Paulo sees a substantial dip in mercury—from a warm 25°C to a cool 12°C in the evening. Nonetheless, the conditions are ideal for active outings and trips to the Brazilian wilderness

For a seasonal overview, check our guide on the best time to visit Brazil.

Why visit Brazil in August

Church in Ouro Preto   Minas Gerais, Brazil
Ouro Preto's baroque architecture reminisces the colonial past of this town mountain town in the Serra do Espinhaço, Brazil.
Golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia)
The Brazilian Amazon Rainforest is home to diverse wildlife consisting of rare and endangered species.

Brazil has plenty of stunning attractions waiting to be discovered. The dry and mild month of August is ideal for visiting these sites. 

  • Beaches: Brazil is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches. From the party atmosphere of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro to the more secluded stretches of sand along Brazil's coastline, the beaches are buzzing with visitors. Though the south may still be too cold to enjoy these beaches to the fullest, the northern coasts are ideal for basking in the sun or taking a quick dip in the sea.
  • Cheaper tickets: Tickets are more affordable if you are visiting Brazil in August than during peak season. So if you've been thinking about visiting this beautiful country, August is the right time. With fewer crowds, you can get flight tickets and accommodations at a bargain.
  • Festivals: Paraty plays host to the annual Festival of Cachaça in Brazil in August, a celebration dedicated to the famous national liquor, Cachaça. The festival features a blend of activities such as cachaca sampling, food trucks, samba, forró, and reggae. Also in August, go to Rio de Janeiro to witness the Rio Gastronomia, a culinary event with special tastings and cooking lessons.
  • Wildlife: Brazilian Amazon and Pantanal are drier in August than the rest of the year, making it one of the best times to spot wildlife. Experience the region through a boat tour or a guided hike of the Amazon. The dry season is the best time to witness the diverse ecosystem and get up close with the Amazonian wildlife.

Where to go and what to do

Victoria Water Lilies
Victoria water lilies, native to the Amazon basin, can expand up to 3 m in diameter.

For outdoor lovers, explore the Pantanal wetlands and Amazon and check out the hiking trails for a beautiful vista of the surroundings.

For beach bums, head to the country's north or the beaches around Rio de Janerio to relish the pristine coasts and soak in the warm sun on your trip to Brazil in August. Rio de Janeiro, climb up the Corcovado Mountain to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer or tour the coasts of Santa Catarina on the southern side of Brazil. If luck is on your side, you may even spot the migrating whales there.

For a dose of culture, Brazil's old capital city, Salvador da Bahia, offers a cultural blend of European, African, and Amerindian cultures. It is in the northeast of Brazil and has ample sightseeing opportunities. Deemed a living museum, you can marvel at the city center comprising ornate churches and 17th and 18th-century architecture. You can also spend a pleasant afternoon at the freshwater lagoon of the Lençóis Maranhenses, which is filled with clear water during July and August.

August is an excellent time to visit Brazil. There are a plethora of excursion opportunities across the country in August amid pleasant weather.

Do you have Brazil on your bucket list, and are wondering how long it takes to cover all major attractions? Check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Brazil for more ideas. Or, if you are in the process of planning your custom trip to Brazil and need some help, feel free to reach out to our local travel experts. You can also browse through our trips to Brazil in August for more ideas and inspiration.

 

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