Not So Diverse Climate

In a country that occupies 50% of the South American continent, you would expect vast disparities in climate. That’s not the case at all in Brazil. In fact, it’s only as you head southwards that differences in weather become more apparent. In the rest of the country, there are two main seasons – summer, when it rains, and winter, when it does not.

If your medical tourism vacation takes you to the south of the country, know that summer lasts from mid December to March, while winter arrives in June and lasts till September. Fall and spring begin in June and September respectively. In other words, the seasons here are almost directly opposite of those in the US or Europe.

Weather in Rio

On the other hand, if your medical tourism travels take you to the northern part of the country (including Rio de Janeiro), prepare for frequent rain. The rainfall is not continuous, but as you head closer to the Amazon basin, you’ll see more persistent cloud cover.

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in Brazil, not just for sun worshippers, but also for medical tourism vacationers. The peak season here is December to March when the weather is gloriously sunny and uncomfortably humid. Summers in Rio are sticky, and the rains, even though they don’t last very long, give temporarily relief. This is also the most crowded season and hotel tariffs tend to go though the roof. If you can handle a little nip in the air, go during the off season that falls from May to October. It’s not as crowded, and prices are down to earth.

Sao Paulo is close enough to Rio to share many of its climactic patterns. The coastal regions here are similar to those in Rio, but tend to have more favorable weather than Rio.