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When To Go To Rio

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

This week we are traveling south to the capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, or Rio for short. Picking the perfect time to travel to Rio can be difficult because there is no wrong time to go!

Samba dancers for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Samba dancers for Carnival

January — March

If you are a lover of the heat, this is the best time to visit Rio. It is not abnormal for temperatures to rise above 100 degrees in January, and with that high heat also comes rain showers. But this is the best time of year for beachgoers to enjoy the beautiful beaches and irresistible water. In addition to the perfect season for beaches, it is full of holidays. From New Years' celebrations to the famous Carnival, many of the amazing festivals occur during the first few months of the year.

Sugarloaf Mountain in the fall, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sugarloaf Mountain In The Fall

April – July

This is the time of year that autumn sets in. It dries out and is a wonderful 80 degrees, and for those of us who are coming out of the winter months, it is again a perfect time to go to the beach and other attractions. You'll also get to see the leaves changing, a slowing of pace from the busy summer months, and a cooling of the temperature. If you are trying to avoid the crowds but still see all that Rio offers, visit during their fall.

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Surfboards at Ipanema Beach

July – September

Winter in Rio isn't the winter wonderland that snowboarders flock to, but it is for surfers. In their winter months, the surf in Rio is perfect for the surfer that is practicing and learning their craft. The temperature is warm during the day. There are fewer people here this time of year than any other, making for incredible hikes in the rain forest and lovely strolls through the city.

Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Parque Lage

October — December

Everything is in bloom in the spring in Rio. If you love to follow the color of a fresh spring, Rio is the place to go, and October is that time. Everything is gaining its color back from the cities to the mountain and preparing for the summer ahead. There are several botanical gardens and parks like Parque Lage that the locals visit and I recommend for your visit. The crowds are starting to pick back up this time of year, and everything is opening back up if it was closed during the winter.

There is truly no wrong time to visit Rio. There is something for everyone in this historic port city. Schedule a consultation today to start planning your trip.

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