When most Europeans are on vacation, Brazil experiences its low season. And while this might seem an inconvenience, it turns out to be a great advantage! It is true that there are areas of the country which, if you are not a lover of rain and low temperatures, it is best to avoid. But many others come more than recommended, and moreover, you will not bump into tourists at every turn, the prices in hotels, bars, restaurants etc. will be lower, and that is always welcome, right?
Those who do not chase beaming sunshine every day, prefer cooler temperatures and are not bothered by a bit of rain can head to the south and southeast of the country. A visit to the Serras (Rio Grande do Sul) and the canyos (Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina) regions come highly recommended to enjoy an amazing mountainous landscape with low temperatures. This time of year also lends itself to a peaceful visit to the Cidades Históricas (historical cities) in Minas Gerais and the captivating Lençóis Maranhenses.
Fortaleza and Jericoacoara are finishing their rainy season, so add them to your list of recommended places, too. The Pantanal is in the middle of its dry season and you will love the island of Fernando de Noronha under the August light! Also bear in mind that throughout the coastline of Bahia, Manaus and the Amazon rainforest it rains much less at this time.
The less advisable places to go in August are the beaches of Río Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina (Florianópolis) and Paraná (Ilha do Mel), as it can be very cold. Visiting Iguazú can also be deceptive as, depending on the intensity of the winter, the flow of the river as it passes the waterfalls can be rather low, so it is best left for when it is in its full state of splendor!
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