Best time to go on a Brazil wildlife vacation
The Amazon welcomes wildlife fans into its humid arms at any time of year, but for the Pantanal, the dry season from July to October is best.
Brazil’s summer runs from December to March, and winter is June to September, with heat and humidity rising the further north you go. Cities like Manaus, in the Amazon, maintain a fairly consistent 27°C-29°C all year round. Late June to October is the best time to visit Brazil for wildlife watching, with most trips heading here July to September. This is the dry season, so animals in the Pantanal are clustered around water sources, and the region isn’t flooded, so it’s possible to explore. The Amazon is sweltering year-round, and flooding from January through to May can mean you’re exploring by canoe rather than on foot if you’re here then.
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