With more than 180 million people calling it home, this large country is mostly covered by the Amazon Rain Forest. Students studying biology and environment will love the exploration of these areas. There’s a very youthful lifestyle, one that’s ideal for the student looking for an exceptional travel opportunity.
Planning a Trip to Brazil
Most of Brazil is quite safe, but there are problem areas where poverty is severe. It is best for student travelers to work with a tour company or student travel service instead of trying to plan the trip on their own. Working with a tour company provides the opportunity for individuals to explore a unique lifestyle, plenty of sports-loving fun, and even some beach life.
Student Performance Venues in Brazil
If your student group wishes to perform in Brazil, there are many options. Brazil is a very religious country and many large events, including student performances, happen in churches and larger community halls located in the cities. Many cities also have squares, or gathering areas in the heart of the town, where performances are given.
A few larger music venues may provide an opportunity for students who wish to perform there, but only if arrangements are made through a professional organization. In Fortaleza, Teatro Jose de Alencar is an older theatre that is sometimes available. In Rio de Janeiro, Cidade da Musica, a new facility that is home to the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra is available. The Theatro Municipal is a second option. In Salvador, Teatro Castro Alves is a great option. In Sao Paulo, Sala Sao Paulo is a symphony facility and Theatro Municipal is another option. It is rare for larger venues to open to smaller groups.
Visiting Sao Paulo
The largest city in the country (population 11 million) is also one of the wealthiest cities in the region. It has a vibrant nightlife that’s fueled by those in their 20s. You’ll also find cultural experiences here, including churches and world-class restaurants. Sao Paulo is also a center of politics and business.
Sights in Sao Paulo
Among the highlights are the Rio Pinheiros River area and the parks, including Ibirapuera and Parque Estadual da Cantareira. The Sao Paulo Historic Center is a must-see for those who wish to learn the historical importance of the region. Students also can enjoy concert halls, zoos and aquariums, plus Playcenter, a theme park with roller coasters.
Visiting Rio de Janeiro
For the beach, there’s nothing better than Rio de Janeiro. home of world-famous Copacabana Beach. Rio also is a popular destination for those partying students during the annual Carnival season. Rio is home to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympics, and was the home of the 2013 World Youth Day.
Sights in Rio de Janeiro
The biggest must-see attractions in Rio de Janeiro are the beaches. There are numerous options to select from, including some of the cleanest in the country. Visits to Corcovado, Pao de Acucar, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Parque Lage, a small park, are all worthwhile. There are museums here, too, and a strong nightlife especially near the beaches.
The city of Salvador is located in the north of the city. It is a popular destination for its beaches and sailing opportunities. There is plenty to do for fun-loving student travelers, including numerous outdoor parties and street carnivals.
Sights in Salvador
Aside from the outdoor events and festivals, there’s plenty to see and do in Salvador. Top attractions include Museu da Cidade, a history museum, and Museu de Arte da Bahia, an art museum. Carnival brings in about four million people each year during the pre-Lenten season.
As one of the largest cities in Brazil, Fortaleza is not just a tourism destination, but also a vibrant city with a true Brazilian culture. Visitors will find that the temperatures here are great almost the year. It has a large number of historic buildings, some dating back to the 17th century, and modern shopping.
Sights in Fortaleza
Fortaleza offers plenty for the student traveler to see, including the Parca do Ferreirra, a main city square and Theatro Jose de Alencar, a theater with true historic charm. The beaches are the most popular draw, though, for those who are young and looking for fun. There are clubs and numerous bars as well. This is a very vibrant area, but there are risks to tourists, especially along the beaches.
Students traveling to Brazil will experience an intense love of religion and life in general. There are areas that are very poor, but the cultural treasures are outstanding. From the beaches to the treks into jungle found nowhere else in the world, Brazil has something for every type of traveler. Students will find this to be an enlightening experience, one that is full of promise and opportunity.