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Brazil in January

Where in Brazil shall I spend the New Year? Is January a good time to visit the country?

January is a very good month for a sun and beach holiday in Fernando de Noronha and in the states of Pernambuco and Alagoas, although the sea might be quite rough. Olinda is great to visit for a Brazilian culture and city break.

Additionally, for more sun and beach holidays January is also a good time to visit Jericoacoara, Bahia, Costa Verde with the beaches around Rio. This is the month when turtles are nesting in Bahia.

January is great for adventure holidays, hiking and waterfall chasing in Chapada Diamantina and Chapada dos Veadeiros.

It is also summer in the south, so the beaches of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul are perfect for some rest and relaxation. However, it is not the best time to go on a hiking trip in the canyons of Aparados da Serra.

In January the temperature around Rio are between 23-29°C. It is a wet month, however the rainfalls are short and usually happen towards the evening.

January is also a wet month in the Amazon. But, the level of the water rises and you can navigate in canoes between tree branches. January is the best time to experience varzeas, which is not possible from April to October during the dry season when the water recedes.

January is also a rainy month in the Pantanal. It is the time when the jaguars are climbing the trees so it is easier to spot them.

Iguazu Falls is huge in January, with big volume of water. Sometimes the trails are closed and it can be cloudy. On the other hand, this is the best time to really experience the raw power of the falls from a boat and get really wet.

January might not be the best month to visit the colonial towns of Minas Gerais as it is hot and humid.

Hotels along the Route of Emotions are usually closed in January and the lagoons in the Lençóis Maranhenses national park are mostly empty. The rainfall which starts during this time will slowly refill them till summer.

Best places to visit in Brazil in January

wild orchid in Roraima region of Brazil
Roraima
Pico da Neblina mountains in the Brazilian Amazon
Pico da Neblina
The sand dunes in Natal, Brazil
Natal to Recife
Brazil
Fernando de Noronha
a view of the colorful colonial houses in the historic centre of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Salvador to Recife
A view of Baia dos Todos os Santos in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Cycling in bahia
Humpback Whales Watching in Bahia, Brazil
Costa do Dende
Chokolate
Costa do Cacau
Colorful houses of Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil
Secret Bahia
Wooden fishing boats on the beach in Florianopolis, Brazil
Southern Beaches
Buggy Tour to Camocim and Tatajuba, Ceara, Brazil
Buggy Safari
Snorkeling with fish in the natural pools of Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil
Fortaleza to Natal
aerial view of Anavilhans Narional Park in Brazil
Wheelchair Accessible
View of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
Brazil for Families
Surfing in Jericoacoara
Surfing for Kids
Fazenda Tozan in Brazil
Around Sao Paulo
Statues of fishermen and wooden boats in Buzios at sunset, Brazil
Around Rio
The historic town of Paraty, Brazil
Costa Verde
Diving
Diving Safari
Fazenda Allianca, historic coffee farm located on the famous Coffee Valley in Barra do Pirai in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Vale do Cafe
Beautiful tropical beach with giant rocks in Picinguaba, Brazil
Brazil with Toddlers
Coffee beans in Brazil
Speciality Coffee
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