Brazil is a land of staggering beauty and unsurpassed diversity. It is also the birthplace of Roberto Burle Marx, one of the most influential and groundbreaking landscape artists of the 20th Century. Please join me and Patricia Silva to explore Burle Marx's landscape design genius, the natural wonders of the endangered Atlantic Forest Biome, and the art, history, culture, and cuisine of three cosmopolitan cities: Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis, and Teresopolis. This tour has something for everyone.
One can’t go to Brazil without experiencing Rio and its many wonders. We will be staying on Copacabana Beach, a great jumping off point for independent exploration. While in Rio we will visit the iconic Sugar Loaf and Corcovado. The Jardim Botanico is another highlight of our itinerary. From Rio we travel to REGUA, a unique Atlantic Coast Forest Reserve featuring a restored wetland complex alive with birds and wildlife. Here, over 470 species of birds thrive in the restored habitats and forest fragments of this endangered ecoregion.
Our next destination is Petropolis, also known as The Imperial City of Brazil, nestled among the Serra dos Órgos Mountains. Although it is noted for its mild climate and beautiful surroundings, its main attraction is the former Summer Palace of the second Brazilian emperor, which is now the Imperial Museum. We will see some iconic private Burle Marx gardens in the hills surrounding the city. On the way, we stop in nearby Teresopolis to visit a newly restored Burle Marx garden.
We then travel to Fazenda Vargem Grande, arguably the greatest garden created by Burle Marx, on our way to Itatiaia National Park, Brazil’s oldest national park. This lush Atlantic Coast rain forest is heaven for birders (over 350 species of birds are found here). We stay at the all- inclusive Hotel do Ype, which provides opportunities to pursue diverse interests. Please join us for this enlightening exploration of the cultural and natural history of the extraordinary country called Brazil.