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Brazil in May



Is May a good time to visit Brazil? Yes, May is a great month to visit the colonial towns in Minas Gerais.

Temperatures in Rio de Janeiro in May are between 20- 26°C. It is a great month for visiting Rio, Costa Verde, Paraty, Buzios and all the areas near Rio and Sao Paulo.

Don’t expect the high volume of water at Iguazu Falls, but expect clear blue skies, beautiful rainbows and open trails. Note that most of the trails around the falls are on the Argentinean side.

The southern beaches are best to skip, because it is cold and humin, since the Brazilian winter slowly starts to arrive, however it is one of the best time to visit the canyons of Aparados da Serra due to clear skies and good visibility.

May is not the best time to go to the north and northeastern tropical beaches of Bahia, Pernambuco and Ceará, it’s a wet month with high humidity and heavy rainfalls. The same is true for Fernando de Noronha.

It is still the rainy season in the Amazon, with the rainfall usually happening in the evening. May is not the best time for wildlife spotting. Wildlife doesn’t congregate around water sources, making it tough to find them. However, it is the best time to venture through the ‘varzeas’ in canoes and spot tree-climbing jaguars! This is usually not possible during the dry season when the water recedes.

It is a start of the dry season in the Pantanal. Wildlife is slightly easier to spot , but better wait till June-October. Birdlife is still excellent due to abundant fish, water and insects, spotting of caiman and capybara can be common, you may spot a jaguar too. The ground is drying out.

Is is not the best month to visit the Route of Emotions, Jericoacoara and Ceara, but it is still ok more or less. Rains are still common.

Best places to visit in Brazil in May

two colorful vans in the national park of Aparados da Serra and the deep Brazilian Canyons in the background
Brazilian Canyons
girl swimming in the clear green water of Santa Barbara Waterfall in the national park of Chapada dos Veadeiros in Brazil
Chapada dos Veadeiros
girl standing on the top of Morro de Pai Inacio in Chapada Diamantina, a national park in Brazil
Chapada Diamantina
canoeing on the channels of the Amazon river in Brazil, approaching a jungle lodge nested among the rainforest
Amazon Rainforest
aerial view of Anavilhans Narional Park in Brazil
Wheelchair Accessible
colorful baroque style church in the picturesque colonial town of Tiradentes in the state of Minas Gerais, making part of the historic route in Brazil
History & Food
the powerful waterfalls of Iguazu in Brazil
Classic Brazil
morning mist over the Alta Floresta Rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon region
Pantanal & Amazon
school of fish in the clear waters of Sucuri river in Bonito, a eco-friendly travel destination in Brazil
Pantanal & Bonito
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