If you find yourself wondering where is hot in May? Each month we use our app to find out where it’s hot in the world and pick our favourite place from the list of warm destinations. To find where it’s hot in May, we set our sights on a comfortable 25°C or 77°F. Weather Watchman checked it’s live database and discovered eight countries with this temperature in May. From that list, we picked Brazil!
Brazil is a wide reaching South American country that starts at the Amazon Basin in the north and reaches down to the vineyards and huge Iguaçu Falls in the south. Rio de Janeiro, symbolised by its Christ the Redeemer 38m statue perched on Mount Corcovado, is also famed for its busy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its massive, unrestrained Carnaval festival, featuring flamboyant costumes, samba music, dance and parade floats. To experience all that Brazil has to offer, find flights to Brazil and have the time of your life!
Below we have listed some of the best things to do in Brazil:
Enjoy a Rio Samba Show
Witness the vibrant blend of African, Portuguese and local influences that have helped shape Brazil’s unique music and dance. It’s a sensory delight that’s sure to get even the most ardent wall-flower up, to dance the night away. Perfect for an after dinner treat!
Visit Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer is a stunning Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ famously located at the summit of Mount Corcovado in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio. An iconic symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. This amazing statue is 30 metres (98 ft) tall, not including its 8-metre (26 ft) base, and its arms reach out 28 metres (92 ft) in width. Christ the Redeemer is open between 8am and 7pm.
Best ways to see Christ the Redeemer
The seemingly obvious (but often overlooked) thing to remember is this statue is at the summit of Mount Corcovado. There are really only three practical ways to reach the summit:
1. Shuttle Van
Shuttle Vans leave from both Copacabana and Largo do Machado from 8 am onwards. They will take you to the summit in one go, and the price also includes an entrance ticket. Shuttles start at 8 am.
2. Cog Train
Many people take the cog train as it’s more relaxing than the Van, and offers better scenic views of the Tijuca National Park as it ventures to the summit. As with many attractions like this, it’s advisable to pre-book your tickets in advance to avoid the ubiquitous crowds.
This method of travel certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted as the steep slopes can get extremely humid. To minimise the exposure to heat it’s best to head up the rainforest first thing in the morning. Allow 2-3 hours to reach the summit, and take plenty of water!