Like the United States, Brazil is big and diverse, with a colonial past, a powerful future and an exciting present. A “hot” destination, Brazil hosted the 2014 World Cup and is gearing up to host the Summer Olympics in 2016. The country boasts some of the greatest natural treasures on the globe. Visit “The Marvelous City” of Rio de Janeiro to see its symbolic Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue, cruise the Guanabara Bay and tour the iconic white-sand beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Fly to Salvador and savor the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture, famous for its music, dance and cuisine. Depart from the port of Manaus on the luxurious river ship Iberostar Grand Amazon to spend four days navigating the Rio Negro, one of the Amazon’s major tributaries. A team of naturalists is on hand to help spot pink dolphins, scarlet macaws, monkeys, sloths and other wildlife as you go ashore to explore the Amazon rainforest.
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- Explore Maracanã Stadium, one of international soccer’s greatest temples
- Learn about Brazil's colonial past with a visit to Salvador’s Pelourinho, or Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Venture out on an Amazonian safari via small launch boats and jungle treks, meeting members of the indigenous Cambeba community
- Stop at the famed Encontro das Águas, or Meeting of the Waters, where the Rio Negro meets the Rio Solimões
Smith Faculty SpeakerMarguerite Itamar Harrison, associate professor of Portuguese and Brazilian studies
- Duration: 13 days
- Activity Level: Moderate
- Cost: From $6,995 per person, based on double occupancy
- Single Supplement: From $1,540 per person
- Deposit: $1,000 per person, payable to Royal Adventures
- Optional Extensions: A two-day, pre-trip option to Iguazú Falls is available
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