After months of rain, the dry season arrives in the Amazon, making it a good time to visit. The weather is mild (cold in the far south), but Brazilians travel during July, which is a school holiday month.
Festival Nacional de Forró
Music lovers wanting to get off the beaten track, should make their way up to the pretty beach town of Itaúnas, which hosts 10 days of concerts and dancing (to forró music of course).
Italians have made many cultural contributions to the south, including this vibrant Blumenau fest featuring a week of wine, pasta and music in mid-July.