June can be one of the best times to visit Brazil, with its festivals and mild temperatures in many parts of the country. Kids are still in school and there are not as many crowds in touristic destinations as in July, winter break month.
In certain regions of Brazil, mainly the hilly areas of the Southeast, the Center-West, and part of the South, June is usually a time of dry and sunny weather. On the northeastern coast, June is rainier than the summer months, but enjoyable nevertheless.
In southern and southeastern Brazil, temperatures might drop below the 30s, especially at night. It might snow in the mountain ranges of Santa Catarina.
On the coast, roughly northward from Rio de Janeiro, expect pleasant temperatures. The closer to the south you go, the greater is the possibility of feeling cold on the beach - but it could also be warm, on any given day.
In short, if you plan to travel in different regions of Brazil in June, you should pack beachwear, light clothes, light warm clothes, thermal underwear and a winter coat!
Corpus Christi will be celebrated on June 3, 2010. Banks and other businesses close for the date. Read about the best Corpus Christi celebrations in São Paulo State.
June 12 is Dia dos Namorados - Valentine's Day - in Brazil. The date was created in the mid-1940s as a way to stimulate shopping. However, it expands on a much older folk traditions.
On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day (see below), a patron saint of marriages, people who wanted to marry used to go about a series of playful routines related to that end. For example, a girl could write the names of three possible matches on little pieces of paper and leave them under her pillow all night. The man whose name she drew in the morning would be her future husband.
Unlike Valentine's Day, when friends and family members exchange cards, Dia dos Namorados is an exclusively romantic date.
Festas Juninas - One of the highlights of June events in Brazil. A tradition inherited from Portugal, festas juninas, take place all over the country. They celebrate St. Anthony (June 13), St. John the Baptist (June 24) and St. Peter (June 29), with plenty of typical foods and music, besides traditional Catholic celebrations.
LGBT Pride Parade in São Paulo - the country's largest gay pride parade takes place in early June.
Best Places to Visit in Brazil in June
- Northeast beaches - If you find very high temperatures oppressive, try visiting Recife, Natal, Fortaleza and other northeastern coastal attractions in June. It is still sunny most of the time, but not as hot as in January, for example. And when it's cloudy, it's still often beach weather - warm, yet pleasant.
- Pantanal Mato-Grossense - From May to September, the waters that flood most of the largest wetlands area on the planet recede, making it easier to sight land fauna.
- Lencóis Maranhenses National Park - By June, enough rain has fallen to form the unique ponds that dot Brazil's most intriguing sand dune region, in the northern state of Maranhão.
- June is the ideal time to dive in the clear streams of Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, the best sustainable tourism destination in Brazil.
- Dry weather in the hilly areas of Brazil makes June a wonderful time to go hiking, stay in cozy inns, light a fireplace at night - and go climbing. By June, some of the country's best destinations for climbers in Brazil, such as Serra dos Órgãos National Park, have officially declared open their climbing season.