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  • 06/08/2017 to
International air3 credits processed through CSU Chico19 nights accomodation18 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinnersTransportation and flights between citiesGuideAdmission FeesCity tours of Brasilia, Manaus and Boa VistaVisits to National ParksVisits to Branches of GovernmentVisits to the Amazon/Negro RiversMeet with indigenous communityCountry GuidebookEmbedded Medical Insurance24/7 Emergency Support
Info Session

Learn more about this program at one of the upcoming info session:

Every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. in the Student Services Center (SSC) room 410

Every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. in the Student Services Venter (SCC) room 410

Every Thursday from 11 a.m. -12 p.m. in the Student Services Venter (SCC) room 410

Every Friday from 2-3 p.m. in the Student Services Venter (SCC) room 410

*every week except for holidays, dead week & finals week

Itinerary Highlights


GEOG/LAST 357: Lands and Peoples of Latin America is an interdisciplinary course that introduces the student to the Brazilian Amazon, its challenges and the struggles the government and community-based organizations have undergone to promote sustainable regional change. Drawing on the power that social movements in Brazil have had in engaging international awareness about the Amazon, this course helps build the intellectual and experiential knowledge that students need for understanding: a. the meaning of the continued international interest in the region; b. the Brazilian government’s responses to the pressure for sustainable land use and regional growth; c. the increased role of bottom-up communities in the Amazon; and d. the centrality of the Amazon to the world.

This course thrives on the tenet that student learning works best when academic practice is integrated with curricular and co-curricular experiences. Thus learning and teaching in GEOG/LAST 357 will converge through a series of visits to physical or cultural sites (i.e., libraries, research institutes, government offices, and ecological parks).

8 days, 8 nights

  • Brasilia City Tour: Brasilia was created to house the new capital of Brazil. Inaugurated in 1960 by President Juscelino Kubitschek, Brasília was designed by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, and is considered a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Its modern architecture and harmonious contrast between green vegetation and concrete make the Federal Capital a unique city and a destination that must not to be missed. In this tour we will visit Our Lady of Fatima Church, Residential Super Block South 308, Saint John Bosco Sanctuary, TV Tower, Planetarium of Brasilia, JK Memorial, Indian People’s Memorial, Army Headquarters, Cultural Complex of the Republic, Metropolitan Cathedral, Ministries Square, Itamaraty Palace, Three Powers Square.
  • Visit to National Park: The National Park of Brasilia is one of the greatest attractions the city has to offer. It covers nearly 30,000 hectares in the northern part of Federal District. In this tour we will also visit: JK Bridge, Ermida Dom Bosco Park, South Lake Point, Candanga Memorial, and “Catetinho” Museum.

7 days, 7 nights

  • Manaus City Tour: The tour will start at the charming boardwalk of Ponta Negra, a beach neighborhood in northern Manaus. We then go to downtown to visit the Amazon Opera House, opened in 1896 and one of the main attractions of Manaus, symbol of the rubber boom where all this wealth and grandeur are revealed in the corridors, halls and artwork of the Opera House. From there, you can enjoy the beautiful building of the Amazon Courthouse and the charming “Largo de São Sebastião”. The tour continues in downtown with a panoramic visit to other historical buildings of the golden age of the rubber period. From there, we will continue with a visit to Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market in ArtNoveau. The Market style is an important center for marketing of regional products showing habits, culture and traditions of the Amazonian people. Then continue to “Bosque da Ciência” to learn more about the Amazon Jungle eco-system.
  • Amazon Boat Ride: Departure from the Tropical Hotel’s marina, sailing down the Negro river, sightseeing the downtown, Floating Port, Customs Building and the Municipal Market until the Meeting of the Waters, where the Negro and Solimões rivers join to form the Amazon River. Possibility of a motorized canoe in order to see the creeks and flooded areas and the connecting channels between the Negro and Solimões rivers (depending on the water levels). You will be impressed with the amazing beauty and exuberant forest. Stop for lunch. A night cruise with all the mystery of one night in the Amazon jungle, sailing through the channels and connections between the Negro and Solimões rivers. Specialized guides using flash lights will show the night fauna, made up mainly by several species of alligators. 

Boa Vista
4 days, 4 nights

  • Boa Vista City Tour: This tour will take you to the Pioneers Monument, Coronel Bento Brasil House, Lavadeiras Port, Taumann Promenade, Our Lady of Carmo Church, Carlos Gomes Theater, Culture Palace, Christ the Reedemer Cathedral, Ayrton Senna Complex, Handcraft Center Velia Coutinho, Anauá Park, Papagaios Garden.
  • Visit to Indigenous Community: Visit the indigenous community of Taba Lascada, located aprox. 1 hour from Boa Vista, where is possible to contemplate a paradisiacal landscape during the trip. In the morning the group will visit the community and talk with older indigenous people who will tell stories about the community. At lunch time we will taste indian dishes like Damurida, Caxiri; and we will additionally have the opportunity to try other typical foods. After lunch, we will have a typical dance demonstration and opportunity to buy local handcrafts.

Meet the Faculty

Quirino DeBrito

Professor of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures
A native of Brazil; lived in the Amazon for over seventeen years. Dr. Quirino de Brito has conducted research in Brazil and the United States, and has earned a Ph.D. in Urban/comparative Education from UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies. Currently, Dr. de Brito coordinates California State University's (Chico) International Forum, and teaches International Studies and Portuguese.

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