Brazil is the largest and most biodiverse country in the Americas. It is also a showcase for modernist design in architecture and landscape. Please join C. Colston Burrell and Patricia da Silva to explore Burle Marx's landscape design genius, Niemeyer’s stunning buildings, and the art, culture, and cuisine of five diverse cities: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Petropolis, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia.
One can’t go to Brazil without experiencing Rio and its many wonders. We are staying on Copacabana Beach, a great jumping off point for group and independent exploration. While in Rio we will visit the iconic Sugar Loaf and Corcovado. The Jardim Botanico is another highlight of our itinerary. The garden lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain and displays more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants, including 900 varieties of palms. The astonishing Avenue of Royal Palms, boasting 134 trees, leads from the entrance into the gardens. Folk and modern art museums are also on the itinerary.
From Rio we fly to the capital city of Brasilia, a modern metropolis in the center of the expansive savanna known as Cerrado. Brasilia was created in the 1060's through the collaboration of artists, architects such as Oscar Niemeyer and lansdcape architects like Burle Marx. Our visit includes an anchtectural historian to highlight designers, significant buidings and important public spaces. From Brasilia we fly to Belo Horizonte, where the Cerrado and the Atlantic Forest merge. The city boasts the iconic Pampuhla Complex, a modern city created by the foremost modernists of the day around a huge artificial lake. In addition to the Niemeyer/Marx collaborations, we visit Inhotim, an innovative new museum outside the city set within an incredible botanical garden.
Upon our return to Rio we travel to Serra dos Órgos National Park, a unique Atlantic Coast Forest Reserve alive with birds and wildlife. Our next destination is Petropolis, also known as The Imperial City of Brazil, nestled among the Atlantic Forest. 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 visit the palace and also see some iconic private Burle Marx gardens in the hills surrounding the city. We then make our way cross-country to Fazenda Vargem Grande, arguably the greatest garden created by Burle Marx, before heading towards Sao Paulo, with visit to Amantikir Gardens, Parque da Cidade Roberto Burle Marx and a few contemporary gardens.
Please join us for this distinctly unique exploration of the cultural and natural history of the extraordinary country called Brazil.