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Excursions & Travel

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

Take time to explore a variety of towns that showcase Brazil’s historic legacy. Minas Gerais, a neighboring Brazilian state a few hours’ drive from Rio, is home to the once-booming gold mining town of Ouro Preto. While you learn about its legacy, you can also admire its architectural gems.

You can relive the history of Brazilian aristocracy in Petrópolis, the colonial city that once was a summer getaway for several emperors. The palace of Emperor Pedro II now serves as the Imperial Museum and is full of fascinating imperial art, clothing, and other artifacts that document the country’s storied past.

To see a different angle of Brazil, travel to the coast of the Rio de Janeiro State. Paraty is a town frozen in time, featuring gorgeous white 18th-century architecture, cobblestone streets open only to pedestrians, and colonial forts dating as far back as the 1700s.

You’ll also have the chance to enjoy Brazil’s natural beauty. Spend an afternoon in Buzios, a small beach town north of Rio, or explore the caves and waterfalls of Ibitipoca State Park in Minas Gerais. Moving south toward São Paulo, you can take in the biodiversity of the beautiful islands, Ilha Grande and Ilha Bella.