Summer marks the beginning of Brazil's most festive season (through February), with hot temperatures and ideal beach days. The crowds are growing and prices are rising (but typically rise even more in January and February).


The country’s biggest ‘off-season Carnaval’ is this Salvador-style festival held in Natal in the first week of December. It features raucous street parties and pumping trios elétricos (bands playing atop mobile speaker-trucks).


Some two million revelers, dressed in white, pack the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio on 31 December, where music concerts and fireworks ring in the New Year.