Brazil
May 21, 2020 - May 29, 2020
Welcome to Brazil!

A coastal nation with hundreds of ancient ethnic origins, Brazil will leave you with a taste for fine food, literature and tribal heritage beyond your average foray into South American culture.

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  • RSVP: Monday, March 02, 2020
  • Final Balance Due: Monday, March 02, 2020
  • Member Fees: $5,750.00
  • Non-Member Fees: $5,950.00
  • Deposit Amount: $1,200.00
  • Single Room Supplement (optional): $1,065.00
ITINERARY
DAY 1, May 21, 2020 | Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!

Perhaps no other destination in Brazil is more legendary than Rio de Janeiro, known for its Samba, Carnival, and dazzling beaches. This former colonial city boasts historic architecture, incredible natural scenery, and iconic sights—such as the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer.

You will be greeted at Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport (GIG) by your local tour conductor and transferred to your hotel in the famous Copacabana area. Miramar Hotel by Windsor provides a boutique experience in the heart of Copacabana beach. The spacious guest rooms offer both oceanfront and side-beach views with sophisticated décor featuring marble finishings and modern furniture, as well as paintings by Brazilian artist Anamélia Moraes. The hotel is well known for going above and beyond with service.

Enjoy the hotel’s rooftop views, a sauna, bar service, and a stunning infinity pool.

This evening, dinner is in the hotel’s restaurant, Alloro, which features a modern menu by chef Renato Ialenti and a notable wine list. (Beverages not included.)

DAY 2, May 22, 2020 | Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast is at the hotel’s restaurant. Meet your local guide at the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive past the popular beaches of Rio to the foothills of the Tijuca National Forest. Ride the cog-wheel train and climb to Corcovado Mountain’s summit. The world-famous view of Rio’s mountains, rainforest, coastline, and the unique natural composition is what led Corcovado Mountain to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The peak of the Corcovado Mountain is more than 700 meters (2,300 feet) above sea level and crowned by the 30 meter (100 foot) high statue of Christ the Redeemer. Just beneath the statue sits a chapel in honor of the Lady of Aparecida, patron Saint of Brazil.

You will stop for lunch in a local restaurant and then tour Vidigal, a favela (slum) in the Zona Sul of Rio, tucked between the affluent neighborhoods of Leblon and São Conrado. Listen to inspiring life stories and meet people that make a difference in their community. In the afternoon, visit an eco-park located in the favela, meet kids that play percussion and practice capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, and enjoy a panoramic view of Rio’s beaches from a rooftop where you can savor local beverages.

Return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

DAY 3, May 23, 2020 | Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for the Carnival Backstage Experience Tour. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is one of the biggest events in the city, attracting people from all corners of the world to experience this dynamic festival. Explore the artistry and imagination involved in the creation of Carnival through a behind-the-scenes backstage tour.

Witness the construction and production process of the costumes and floats. This experience also includes a visit to a samba school warehouses, as well as exhibitions about the history of Samba and the Carnival Parade. You will even get a chance to dress up in carnival costumes, learn the samba moves in a dance class, and join a percussion class alongside the samba school percussionists.

Return to the hotel and enjoy some time at leisure. We suggest a short walk around the hotel by one of the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana. Lunch is at Cais do Oriente Restaurant. This charming 1878 mansion—built of stones, bricks, and whale oil—was an old warehouse for spices and products from the East. This beautiful restaurant has the perfect location in the heart of the old center of Rio de Janeiro. Per the 2015 Michelin Guide, Cais has a delicious menu created with health, taste, beauty, and Brazilian ingredients in mind.

After returning to your hotel for a little relaxation time, you will leave in the late afternoon for a visit to the Sugar Loaf Mountain.

You will be picked up from your hotel and enjoy a scenic drive to Praia Vermelha, a beach in the Urca neighborhood of Rio. Ride a cable car to the top of Urca Hill to the gardens and lookout points over the Guanabara Bay, where you can appreciate Rio’s unique landscape. Afterwards, take a second cable to the Sugar Loaf peak, nearly 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level. The views of the beaches, the bay, hills, and harbor are breathtaking from this vantage point.

After returning, your dinner will be served at Assador Rio (Brazilian barbecue). One of the most famous spots in town, the restaurant has a rustic style with an elegant ceiling that enhances the natural light and complements the beautiful views of Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf, and the Burle Marx gardens surrounding the dining rooms. Assador offers valued meat cuts in its all-you-can-eat “rodizio” service with a delicious variety of side dishes and a buffet, where you will find a good selection of fresh salads, vegetables, and a table of charcuterie and Brazilian artisanal cheeses.

Return to the hotel.

DAY 4, May 24, 2020 | Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls
Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls

After breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Iguassu Falls. On arrival at the Foz de Iguaçu Airport (IGU), you will meet your local guide and driver who will accompany you to Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Hotel.

The only hotel located within Brazil's Iguassu National Park, this 5-star property provides an unrivalled location just a short stroll from the sensational waterfalls. A Portuguese-colonial residence, this is one of the most inspiring hotels in Brazil. The classic ambiance is redolent of lazy days spent lounging on a veranda or beneath sub-tropical palms. Enjoy the facilities of the five-star property with a cocktail by the swimming pool or a game of tennis on the court.

After check-in, depart for a walking tour from the hotel. Trek down the canyon while enjoying panoramic views of more than 240 falls. Then board the glass elevator to a platform to reveal more exquisite views. Along with its “sister” park in Argentina, the Iguassu National Park forms the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone of South America which, along with the waterfalls, have been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Dinner is at the hotel’s restaurant, Ipê Grill.

DAY 5, May 25, 2020 | Iguassu Falls
Iguassu Falls

After breakfast at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, depart for an amazing tour to the Argentinian Falls National Park. At the park entrance, we will tour through the park on a small train, making 2 stops. The walkways run to the top of waterfalls that provide spectacularly unique views of the Cataratas, amidst the abundant nature filled with orchids, colorful birds, and other wildlife. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the Devil’s Throat – the largest of the waterfalls.

Lunch will be at El Fortin restaurant, located inside the Argentinian national park, before returning to the Brazilian side and setting off in an open jeep-towed wagon for a Macuco Safari Tour. During the three-kilometer (two-mile) stretch through the jungle, an English-speaking guide will draw your attention to the flora and fauna of the park and share their expert knowledge.

The second part is an optional 600-meter (2,000 feet) hike, which leads up to the Macuco Falls waterfall. The Macuco Falls tumble down from a height of approximately 20 meters (65 feet) and are perfect for a refreshing dip on days of intense heat. Access the falls via a stairway carved into ancient rock. Your final stop is the Macuco Safari dock on the Brazilian side of the Iguassu River. The boat then departs upriver, passing through the canyon and along the rapids at a comfortable speed.

After the tour, enjoy some leisure time at the hotel before dinner at Casa do Chef.

Tonight, you will have a unique and unforgettable gastronomical experience. The former chef of the Belmond Hotel will present a 6-course meal as an introduction to the heritage of Native Brazilians, Africans, and Europeans that forged Brazil's flavors over 500 years of history. Your dinner includes a wine pairing with bottles from exquisite South American wineries. Throughout the night, the chef will explain the origins of the ingredients and relay curiosities about Brazil’s culinary past.

Return to the hotel.

DAY 6, May 26, 2020 | Salvador
Salvador

Breakfast is at the hotel’s restaurant. You will trace the African roots of Salvador on a city tour, which combines the newer, modern section and the older Historical Center of Salvador, the Pelourinho area, named after the pillory, which stood in the main square in front of the central slave market.

Visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum, which traces the West African origins of the city, and see the superb wooden sculpted panels of the Orixás (deities) by Salvador's most celebrated artist, Carybé. The tour continues with a visit to the famous Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, built with meager resources over a period of almost 100 years. Next door is the intimate Bahian Gastronomy Museum which focuses on the African influence in Bahia cuisine.

Lunch at the Uauã Restaurante, located at the historical center. Return to hotel and enjoy some leisure time until departing for an exciting evening of immersion in African heritage via an exhilarating performance by the Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia), one of the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world.

The Balé Folclórico da Bahia Company performs in the intimate Miguel Santana Theatre in the Pelourinho district. Their show is a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that underpin Bahian culture. Watch the sacred dances of the Candomblé, including puxada de rede (a song by fishermen in honor of the goddess of the sea) , maculelê (an acrobatic stick and sword dance originating in the sugarcane fields), the exhilarating capoeira martial art dance, and the grand finale of the samba de roda, a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance.

After the show, dinner will be served in Cuco Bistro.

Return to Fera Palace Hotel.

DAY 7, May 27, 2020 | Salvador
Salvador

Breakfast is at the hotel’s restaurant. You will trace the African roots of Salvador on a city tour, which combines the newer, modern section and the older Historical Center of Salvador, the Pelourinho area, named after the pillory, which stood in the main square in front of the central slave market.

Visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum, which traces the West African origins of the city, and see the superb wooden sculpted panels of the Orixás (deities) by Salvador's most celebrated artist, Carybé. The tour continues with a visit to the famous Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, built with meager resources over a period of almost 100 years. Next door is the intimate Bahian Gastronomy Museum which focuses on the African influence in Bahia cuisine. Lunch at the Uauã Restaurante, located at the historical center.

Return to hotel and enjoy some leisure time until departing for an exciting evening of immersion in African heritage via an exhilarating performance by the Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia), one of the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world.

The Balé Folclórico da Bahia Company performs in the intimate Miguel Santana Theatre in the Pelourinho district. Their show is a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that underpin Bahian culture. Watch the sacred dances of the Candomblé, including puxada de rede (a song by fishermen in honor of the goddess of the sea) , maculelê (an acrobatic stick and sword dance originating in the sugarcane fields), the exhilarating capoeira martial art dance, and the grand finale of the samba de roda, a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance.

After the show, dinner will be served in Cuco Bistro.

Return to Fera Palace Hotel.

DAY 8, May 28, 2020 | Salvador
Salvador

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before departing for a cooking class at a chef’s home.

First visit the São Joaquim market, the best place to seek and understand the local culture. For centuries, Salvador’s São Joaquim market has provided an essential link to the farming hinterland of the western shores of the bay. Sugarcane and tobacco are exported from here and crops arrive to supply the city. Ever bustling and bordering on the chaotic, today the market still sells a myriad of products and produce, from fruits and vegetables to spare parts for domestic appliances, sacred herbs and religious artifacts of the candomblé. Here, you will also find the ingredients for Bahia cuisine’s signature dish, the moqueca - cilantro, limes, garlic, coconut milk, and dendê palm oil. After the market tour, continue onto the chef’s home to start your cooking class.

The challenge is to bring all the ingredients for the moqueca together with the assistance of leading local chef. A subtle blend, the moqueca is a seafood dish prepared in an earthenware wok-like dish and brought to the table directly from the stove, a delight for the eyes, nose, and palate. After preparing the moqueca, you will enjoy your lunch.

This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to learn more of the Brazilian rhythms. Bahia is the percussive heart of Brazil, its rhythmic soul is African, with a mind-boggling myriad of rhythms that has attracted many international musicians to these shores such as Paul Simon, Wayne Shorter, and Michael Jackson to name a few.

Under the expert guidance of a local professional percussionist, we will investigate and contextualize varied aspects of the percussive jungle that is Bahia, focusing on the more important and accessible rhythms in a workshop that is instructive, interactive, engaging, and fun. Try your hands at various instruments such as the rhum, rhumbi, and lê drums of the candomblé, the surdo, caixa, timbau, and repique drums of the samba-reggae, as well as hand percussion instruments agogo, reco-reco, and caxixi, and of course the formidable berimbau, the integral instrument of the capoeira.

Dinner is at Amado Restaurant, a renovated bayside warehouse with great views of the All Saints Bay. Amado blends Bahian, north-eastern Brazilian and Nouvelle cuisine with sophistication in a relaxed ambience. The restaurant is the perennial winner of the Best Restaurant in Salvador Award.

DAY 9, May 29, 2020 | Salvador
Salvador

Enjoy the last breakfast and lunch of your journey at the Fera Palace Hotel before leaving for Salvador International Airport for your flight home.

  • Portuguese, German
  • Brazilian Real
  • Feijoada, Pao de Queijo, Caldinho de feijão
  • Christ the Redeemer, Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Cathedral of Brasília
TRIP DETAILS
TRIP LEADER(S)
Troy Nash

Troy realized early in life education was the only way out of poverty and off the streets. With the help of the G.I. Bill, scholarships, and government loans, he was able to get an education. Nash earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesley College while serving on active duty in the United States Air Force; participating in both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm during the war with Iraq. When he returned to Kansas City, Nash attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City earning a master’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in economics while working in underprivileged communities on the city’s Eastside. Nash then attended the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law earning a JD degree and the Bloch School of Management earning a master’s in business administration degree while working to encourage hundreds of inner city residents to return to school. As a successful and prominent business man in the Kansas City community, he served on the City Council and has served the community in many ways. Dr. Nash also serves on the Board of Directors of People to People International (PTPI). Realizing the importance of uniting ordinary citizens from different countries to foster understanding and respect, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the President’s People to People Program on September 11, 1956 as part of the United States Information Agency. The program emphasizes personal diplomacy and non-governmental contacts between people. Through PTPI and other organizations, Dr. Nash has studied international relations, business, economics, foreign policy and law around the world. He has led or been part of professional delegations around the world. More than a collection of achievements, Dr. Nash strives to be a positive force for good in the world. Nash is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, President of the Kansas City Chapter of NSA, and member of the Board of Directors of the National Speakers Association. Dr. Nash recognizes life is made up of both challenges and opportunities. Whether it’s motivating organizations and individuals to go after their dreams by increasing personal and professional productivity, or working to better the lives of communities through profitable real ventures, or promoting cross cultural understanding around the world, Dr. Troy Nash remains committed to doing what he can to make the world a better place.

INCLUSIONS

The following is included with your registration fee:

  • Full Itinerary
  • Hotel Accomodations
  • Airport Transfers
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Bilingual Tour Guide
  • Admission Fees
  • Domestic Flights
  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Gratuities

The following is NOT included with your registration fee:

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Personal items
TERMS & CONDITIONS

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