July is the coldest month of the year in a great part of Brazil. However, while in Santa Catarina, in the South, you may even see snow, winter temperatures are mild to hot in the northeast and north. July is also a great time to visit Rio, if you don't mind going without temperatures in the 90s.
Cold fronts can cause sudden and extreme temperature drops in the Southeast and the South or heavy rains in the northeast. On the other hand, low humidity makes parts of the Central-West, for example Brasília, challenging for people with respiratory problems.
In São Paulo, conditions that don't help the dispersion of pollution may also be hard on travelers during the winter months.
Learn more about what to expect for the country's climate zones in July with these Brazil weather maps.
Great July Festivals in Brazil:
Flip (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty), Rio de Janeiro State
The Paraty International Literary Festival, at the beginning of the month, draws a cultured crowd to one of the most charming colonial towns in Brazil. Movies, shows, debates, workshops and Flipinha, the Flip for kids, are some of the attractions of the event. However, the stars of Flip are Brazilian and international authors.
International Winter Festival in Campos do Jordão, São Paulo State
The most prestigious musical winter event in Brazil takes place in Campos do Jordão,which has its peak season in July. The city gets even more crowded during the festival, which affords music students from the world over scholarships for lessons with great masters. The concerts are one of the highlights of winter travel in Campos do Jordão.
ROLEX Ilhabela Sailing Week
Sealovers should plan early for the Week, at one of Brazil's most attractive islands. Seeing and being seen is the best parallel event; the cute cafes and bistros in the village and on the beaches get ultra-busy. Check for updates on the official website.
Festitália and SC Gourmet in Blumenau, Santa Catarina
Blumenau is better knows for its Oktoberfest, the best in Brazil. But the town also has a strong Italian heritage, which shines through in this event. Here's a super opportunity to see Brazil at its family-friedliest.
Garanhuns Winter Festival, Pernambuco
One of the most popular events in the state, the Winter Festival in Garanhuns features hundreds of shows. Here's a great chance to enjoy Brazilian music and discover inland Pernambuco, which often gets passed by in the hot summer while Recife and other coastal destinations draw all the attention.
Joinville Dance Festival, Santa Catarina
One of the most traditional dance events in Brazil, the Joinville Dance Festival attracts young dancers with its competitive presentations and many workshops. It also gives tourists an additional reason to visit Joinville, an attractive city in southern Brazil.
Great Places to Visit in Brazil in July:
All the best places to visit in Brazil in June are great in July. However, mountain destinations have their highest season.
Besides, the fact that July is winter break in Brazilian schools means family-oriented resorts and hotels get packed throuhgout July, and reservations should be made at least one month in advance.
Some of the most popular mountain destinations in Brazil in July are:
- Serra Gaúcha, or the Rio Grande do Sul mountain range. About 30 cities form the core of tourist attractions in the area, especially Antônio Prado, Bento Gonçalves, Canela, Caxias do Sul, Garibaldi, Gramado, and Nova Petrópolis.
- Mountains of Rio de Janeiro - Petrópolis, Teresópolis, Nova Friburgo, Visconde de Mauá and the Coffee Valley with its historic coffee farms.
- The Mantiqueira Range - Campos do Jordão and other cities in Serra da Mantiqueira, which runs between São Paulo and Minas Gerais.