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Excursions & Travel

Everywhere in Brazil is a testament to architectural, natural, or historical wonder—and you’ll have access to it throughout the semester.

Traveling in Brazil is fairly inexpensive, and the bus line system makes it easy for you to see everything Brazil has to offer.

Explore many sights on the weekends in your home state of Minas Gerais, which is known for its rich colonial history and unique architecture. For example, the town of Ouro Preto used to be a booming gold mining town in the 18th century and contains beautiful Baroque architecture that complements its great historical legacy. Minas Gerais also has sites that preserve its natural landmarks, such as the caves and waterfalls at Ibitipoca State Park.

You can also travel by bus to São Paulo and enjoy the diversity, culture, and innovation of a cosmopolitan city. Brush up on your knowledge of immigration in Latin America, cinema and graphical arts, or the sport of soccer by exploring the city’s various museums. You’ll see how the contributions of different ethnic groups have shaped the city’s culture.

Many students enjoy visiting Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil’s most well-known cities. Rio offers you the chance to explore captivating music scenes, white sand beaches, festivals, and cultural landmarks in theatre, fine art, history, and the natural sciences. Rio’s stunning mountain and sea landscapes are marked as a World Heritage Site, while the massive statue of “Christ the Redeemer” on Corcovado Mountain is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.