Seasons in Brazil

8 de April de 2013

Hello guys! Today in our Dica, let’s talk about the Seasons in Brazil! I’m sure you’ve heard that in Brazil, the seasons are not as defined as in other countries since we have a predominantly Tropical climate. But perhaps you’ll be surprised with the Autumn in Brazil – and all its leaves falling; with the winter season in Brazil – not that cold buddy, but not that hot either! For sure the flowers appearing and showing their colors will delight you. And finally, the summer season in Brazil, well…I think you’ve heard about it, right?
In addition to learning the seasons of the year in Portuguese, let’s discover the best places to visit throughout the seasons in Rio de Janeiro as well as in some other countries. And who knows, maybe you’d like to know the Brazilian rainy season and the Brazilian dry season!

Come on, because the seasons in Brazil are waiting for you for our linguistic (and tourist) trip!

Seasons in Portuguese

Outono Autumn / Fall March 21st to June 20th
Inverno Winter June 21st to September 20th
Primavera Spring September 21st to December 20th
Verão Summer December 21st to March 20th

Brazilian seasons

Let’s see now when each season starts and where to go!

Outono/Fall – Autumn in Brazil

Seasons of the year. As folhas caem no outono.

From March 21st to June 20th we have Outono, which is very popular because of the leaves falling down to the ground. Outono is also known in Brazil as Estação das Frutas (Fruit Season), because it’s harvest season and some of the most popular fruits in Brazil are easy to find during this season, such as: banana, apple and lemon. So there are many amazing places to visit during the fall in Brazil. Let’s see some of them:

Chapada Diamantina

Although our country is world renowned for its beaches, there are countless options to enjoy autumn in Brazil. This is the best season of the year, for example, to enjoy Chapada Diamantina, in Bahia, in the Northeast of Brazil, to do the famous trails and hikes that lead to unforgettable hills and waterfalls. Find out about one of the main local attractions: O Poço Encantado.

Chapada dos Veadeiros

The Brazilian dry season is also very good for a trip to Chapada dos Veadeiros, in Goiás, located in the Center-West region of Brazil, which is also a great place for hiking and climbing. With countless waterfalls, blue skies and sunny days, don’t miss the open savanna flowers that make everything even more magical!

Ouro Preto

Another must-see in autumn is the historic city of Ouro Preto, in Minas Gerais, where the colonial architecture is prevalent. Here you will find many cultural tours, historic churches and, of course, the famous Minas Gerais cuisine (a cozinha mineira, sô!). One of the most delicious dishes you’ll want to try is the famous Pão de queijo  and the most delicious Brazilian alcoholic drink, the famous Cachaça!


At last but not least, discover the Jalapão State Park, which is located in the microregion of Jalapão in eastern Tocantins. It is during the autumn that the dry period begins, so, with the milder temperature and the super green vegetation, the landscape is even more beautiful! The best tours there are the sand dunes, the river beaches (did you think we had forgotten the beaches?), not forgetting the waterfalls and natural pools, of course!


Inverno/ The winter season in Brazil

Seasons of the year. O inverno no Rio não é tão frio mas temos temperaturas baixas.

From June 21 to September 23 it’s Inverno, and in Brazil, specially Rio de Janeiro, is a little different. Since we have hot weather all year, during the Brazilian winter, the temperature goes down but not very much. People call it Friozinho Carioca and most definitely the best time to grab a cup of coffee and have some cakes at Confeitaria Colombo!

Brazil winter months, from June to September, have a moderate climate in most of the country. Rio winters, for example, are quite mild, with night time temperatures dropping as low as 19°C (66°F), and daytime temperatures climbing to 28° or 30°C (86°F).

Nevertheless, you might be astonished! There are many other places to enjoy Brazil’s winter weather. And even knowing that the seasons in Brazil are not like in other countries, Rio de Janeiro can offer a handful of good travel options for those who want to feel like they are really in winter 😉


A little far from Rio de Janeiro (but not that far!), we have the best places to visit to enjoy the winter, such as Teresópolis, located in a mountainous region known as Região Serrana, a great place to emerse in nature and great food, and if you like football Teresópolis is known as the home of the Brazil national football team, the so called Granja Comary.


Petrópolis is incredible! There you’ll find many cultural and historical tours, commonly known as the Imperial City as it was the preferred destination of the royal family in the past. For this reason, the city is full of museums, as well as ornate houses and mansions. Nevertheless,  the beautiful landscapes also deserve the attention of its visitors, try to visit Serra dos Órgãos National Park and the Vale das Videiras, you’ll love it!

But don’t worry friends, there are many other regions of Brazil besides Rio de Janeiro for you to enjoy the real winter chill while you study in Brazil! Let’s star with Gramado e Canela:

Gramado e Canela

The cities of Gramado and Canela are two classic winter destinations in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and cannot be missed from your travel itinerary in the south of the country! There is delicious cuisine (known as Gaucho cuisine), and also incredible tours. The region’s beautiful landscapes and charming German-style architecture also delight tourists visiting the city.

Campos do Jordão

Finally, we couldn’t forget the famous Campos do Jordão, also known as the Brazilian Switzerland, one of the most popular destinations for Brazilians who love the cold weather! There is the place where the International Winter Festival takes place, the biggest classical music festival in the country! The local cuisine is wonderful and you will find lots of chocolate, wine and craft beer! Try to visit its most famous sights, such as the Morro do Elefante, the Belvedere and the Pedra do Baú!

The winter season in Brazil might not be that cold, but it still cold (well, maybe just for us 😉 ). So don’t forget your coat!

Primavera/Spring – The flower season in Brazil


From September 23 to December 21 it’s Primavera in Brazil, also known as Estação das Flores (Flowers Season), the best time to find flowers for your loved one. In Brazil, this season is nice for walking around the city, having contact with nature and visiting many different places, Jardim Botânico is one of these places. But once again, there are a lot of wonderful places to visit in the Spring besides Rio de Janeiro, so here are some suggestions!


Ah, the flower season… who doesn’t love to see the nature at its best?! This is the best season, for example, to visit Atibaia, a Brazilian municipality in the state of São Paulo. On a ride in the cable car you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city, with all its splendour. Another must-see place is the Edmundo Zanoni National Park, where you can relax and, who knows, even have a picnic with your friends and family. It is also in Atibaia that the Festival of Flowers and Strawberries takes place! If you like a wide range of flowers and delicious strawberries , don’t miss this place!


Brazil has another famous Botanical Garden, located in the south of Brazil, Curitiba is the capital and largest city in the Brazilian state of Paraná. It is a city that shows its beauty through its flowers. The famous Relógio das Flores (The Flower Clock), located in the historic city center, is known for its beautiful garden that changes every season with vivid and different colors.


Holambra is a municipality in the state of São Paulo and part of the Metropolitan Region of Campinas. There you will find phenomenal cuisine and many interesting cultural activities, all inspired by Dutch heritage. But let’s not forget the flowers, right? Holambra is beautiful in spring and is also the place that produces more than 45% of the flowers from Brazil. We are nature lovers!

Verão/ Summer  – The hottest season in Brazil

Seasons in Portuguese. O Verão é a melhor época para jogar Volley de praia!

The Brazilian dry season from December 21 to March 21 it’s Verão, the hottest and one of the most popular of the seasons in Brazil. This is the best time for those who enjoy the beach, tanning, playing sports outdoors or activities altogether. Brazilian summer months are incredible and the summer in Rio de Janeiro can offer really cool places to visit. Some places are a little further away from Rio and located in other states, and still worth visiting.

But look! Brazil summer temperature can rise to 43°C (110°F), and is also the Brazilian rainy season so bring your bathing suits and your umbrella! 😉 Let’s see some places to visit:

Armação dos Búzios (or just “Búzios”)

With over twenty-six beaches, Búzios is one of the best places to go in summer in Rio de Janeiro and is located in The Região dos Lagos. This is the place to enjoy the summer season in Brazil. There, you will find the most incredible and beautiful beaches, such as Ferradura, Tartaruga, Azeda and Azedinha, Brava, Geribá, Fernandes, Forno beach, just to name a few… are you excited? Me too! Don’t forget to visit the town center and Rua das Pedras street, where you will find many delicious restaurants, Brazilian shops, bars and, of course, lots of parties!

Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio

Another amazing place to visit in The Região dos Lagos is Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio, both near from Búzios. These trips to The Região dos Lagos are considered cheap in comparison with other destinations in Brazil, so…don’t forget your sunscreen and your surfboard, because there are a lot of surf schools there. And if you want to learn how to surf in Rio de Janeiro, Rio & Learn can make your dream come true

Well…Rio de Janeiro is really wonderful, isn’t it? Nevertheless, other cities can also present you with an amazing summer! Check out where to enjoy this season in Brazil!


Located in a district in the municipality of Porto Seguro in the state of Bahia, Trancoso is the place people go to relax, a  retreat for those who want to get out of the big city. The grassy central square, also known as the Quadrado, has architecture from the colonial period, with small and colorful houses. Just walk a few steps more and you’ll be on the coast and deserted beaches. Who doesn’t like to relax on an almost deserted beach?! Don’t miss some of its most famous beaches like Nativos, Rio Verde,  Coqueiros, Barra e Itapororoca.

Porto de Galinhas

With clear, warm waters and several natural pools, Porto de Galinhas is one of the most loved places by Brazilian tourists. Many of the beaches in Porto de Galinhas have no waves, making it the ideal destination for relaxing, diving and swimming! Don’t forget to bring your swimming goggles!


Oh, boy… this place is beautiful. I bet you’ve never seen a place like this 😉 Located on the north coast of São Paulo, Ilhabela, will provide you with peace and relaxation, full of amazing walks, beaches with crystal clear water and wonderful waterfalls! You can’t miss its most famous beaches like Jabaquara, Feiticeira, Castelhanos e Bonete.


That’s it, guys…our trip around the Seasons in Brazil is coming to an end. So, what place do you think you will visit the next time you come to Brazil? Why not study Portuguese while enjoying the best that Brazil can offer in its different seasons? Sounds great, right? See you in our next Portuguese lesson! Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook!
Hugs from Rio de Janeiro!

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