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Explore airline schedules, the seasons of Brazil, and a calendar of Brazilian holidays and choose the perfect time to come to Rio for treatment:

Airlines

Several airlines offer regular flight service to Brazil, including American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Iberia, Tam, Tap, United Airlines and Varig. Check with your travel agent for more flight options to Brazil.

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Seasons

The seasons in Brazil are the opposite of those occurring in Europe and the United States:

  • Spring September 22 – December 21
  • Summer December 22 – March 21
  • Autumn March 22 – June 21
  • Winter June 22 – September 21

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Carnival and Other Holidays

Carnival is a four-day event that begins forty days before the Catholic holiday of Lent. Celebrations begin the Friday before Ash Wednesday and continue until the following Tuesday. Carnival is the peak holiday season in Brazil, during which offices and businesses are closed and Brazilians take time off from work and travel. Carnival is an extremely popular holiday that attracts thousands of visitors from around the world, so make sure to plan your trip well in advance.

Carnival dates change each year; the dates until 2014 are as follows:

  • 2009 February 21, 22, 23, 24
  • 2010 February 13, 14, 15, 16
  • 2011 March 5, 6, 7, 8
  • 2012 February 18-21
  • 2013 February 9, 10, 11, 12
  • 2014 March 1, 2, 3, 4

Holidays in Brazil – 2009

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • January 20: St. Sebastian’s Day (Rio de Janeiro)
  • February 21 – 25: Carnival
  • April 10: Good Friday/Easter
  • April 12: Easter Sunday
  • April 21: Tiradentes
  • April 23: St George Day (Rio de Janeiro)
  • May 1: Labor Day/May Day
  • June 11: Corpus Christi
  • September 7: Independence Day
  • October 12: Holy Mary’s Day (Patron Saint of Brazil)
  • November 2: All Souls’ Day
  • November 15: Proclamation of the Republic
  • November 20: Zumbi’s Day (Rio de Janeiro)
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve

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