JANUARY 23 - FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Amazonia, Cerrado Agriculture & Rio
Based at the luxurious Tropical Hotel, we’ll spend time daytripping with renowned biologist / guide Dr. Marco Lima to see the famed Manaus Opera House, Fish Market, Meeting of the Waters, Jungle Flora & Fauna, Native villages, Amazon Research Institute, and the High Forest Observation Tower. The Amazon is the world’s largest river and the local culture here is unlike any other part of Brazil. Then we fly to the center of Cerrado agriculture in Bahia state. These are the huge soybean, corn, livestock, and coffee plantations that you have read about. Based for 4 days in the heart of it all, we’ll tour farms, visit the agri-infrastucture, research facilities, processing plants, supply and machinery outlets that have made Brazil a world leader in food exports ... and it all occurred during the past 35 years. Group size is small so there’s lots of opportunity to get answers to your many questions. Passing through Brasilia, Brazil’s unique capital city, we next fly to Rio de Janeiro, to see preparations underway for the 2016 Olympics. Rio has got to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We will tour it with stops at the mountain of Corcovado & the statue of Jesus, Sugar Loaf, the famous football stadiums and unique city sites. Our hotel at Copacabana Beach is close to all the action and you’ll bask in the sun, sand and surf of this famous beach and enjoy a Churrasco Brazilian barbeque. If you have more time, you can elect optional addons to experience Carnaval, visit Iguassu Falls, or the Pantanal wetlands areas. Brazil is a vast country with friendly, fun-loving people that I have come to know from having visited most areas of the country during the past 25 years. Join Marge & I for an “up close & personal” experience in Brazil in 2016.