|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 18% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||September||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||$1,813||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||$1,783||From Melbourne to Sao Paulo|
$1,290 - $2,800
Brazil is the largest country in South America – spanning more than 8.5 million square kilometres – and one of the most culturally diverse and populous countries in the world. An eclectic mix of Portuguese, European, native Indian, African, Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants have lived in Brazil harmoniously for generations. Many are surprised to discover Sao Paulo has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, while the highest concentration of Germans and Italians lives in the south at Rio Grande do Sul, Parana and Santa Catarina.
Brazil’s heart and soul is unreservedly Rio de Janeiro, which annually hosts one of the world’s biggest and most colourful parties – Carnaval. Further north, the city of Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, was once the country’s main arrival port for ships carrying slaves from Africa. Some of Brazil’s most stunning beaches are in the northeast at Recife, Fortaleza and Natal.
The best way to see several cities is to purchase a Brazil Air Pass when you book flights to Brazil.
Brazil has five climatic regions: equatorial, tropical, semi-arid, highland tropical and subtropical. Sao Paulo and Brasilia, on the plateau, have a mild climate with temperatures averaging 19 degrees Celsius. Coastal cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Natal and Salvador, have warmer climates balanced by the Trade Winds. Rio’s average temperature of around 26 degrees Celsius rises to the high 30s during summer. The southern Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Curitiba are subtropical, with hot summers and frosts and below zero temperatures in winter. In the Amazon, days are generally warm, wet and humid but temperatures rarely rise above 32 degrees. There’s a rainy season (November to May) and not-so-rainy season (June to October).
The best time to visit Brazil is during the summer, from December until Carnaval season; usually in February. Not surprisingly, this is also when accommodation and flights are most expensive.
If you’re looking for a bargain, then winter is probably the best time to visit – prices are lower and temperatures are in the high 20s.
Brazil is huge and the best (though not the cheapest) way to get around the country is by taking domestic Brazil flights. If you’re planning to visit a few regions or cities, purchase a Brazil Pass when booking your airline ticket.
In major cities the most convenient and safest, way to get around is by taxi.
Buses are a good, reliable option for long-distance travel. All major cities are linked by bus.
While rental cars are available at the airport, be warned driving can be incredibly frustrating and often dangerous.