Campinas, Brazil, is one of the region's largest cities and a destination for visitors from all over South America
and the world. It boasts largely comfortable weather due to its location in the foothills of the mountains. The seasonal variance is minimal.
Campinas is located at the base of the Sierra de Mantiqueria mountains, on the San Paulo plateau. Campinas is part of the southeast coastal region of Brazil, in South America. It is located less than 100 miles inland from the Atlantic coast. The national capitol of Sao Paulo rests between Campinas and the coast.
Like many tropical areas, Campinas is only subject to two seasons, a dry season and a wet season. The wet season lasts from October until May. The dry season is from June until September. While the seasons only differ about 30 degrees year-round, Campinas is in the southern hemisphere, meaning that July is depth of winter and January is the height of summer.
Campinas' plateau location and exposure to constant breezes keeps the temperature remarkably mild and temperate year-round. The temperatures most typically average between the mid 50s to the mid 80s. The temperature rarely dips below 60 degrees F in the summer and rarely drops below 50 degrees F in the winter.
Like much of Brazil, the surrounding rainforest requires a lot of moisture. Thus, Campinas sees a lot of rain, particularly in the height of summer (December and January). It is not unusual for these two months alone to receive 20 inches of rain. October to March is the dampest and warmest season, with the winter months of June, July and August, seeing minimal rain, often less than an inch a month.
The Campinas area was named for the rolling green fields that cover much of the region. The rest of the region is covered in dense, subtropical forestation.
Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.