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Brazil

Brazil

Brazil

Brazil

Landscape Exploration of Brazil provides students with a rich experience immersed in the cultural and ecological patterns of Brazil.  Students benefit from being exposed to cultural and natural systems markedly different from Delaware.

Half the course is spent in historic Rio de Janeiro, where student live near the beach and study at the Jardim Botanico.  Student visit, sketch, study and write about the gardens created by Roberto Burle Marx, Brazil’s most famous landscape architect, as well as gardens crated by other designers influenced by Burle Marx’s passion for indigenous plant color, texture and shape. Students also visit local forests and beaches to discover Burle Marx’s design inspiration, first hand.

Students also visit two very different regions of Brazil, the Pantanal (world’s largest wetland) and the Amazon River region (rainforest), where they explore native flora and fauna of Brazil including the diverse population of tropical birds and unusual mammals that inhabit the wetland and rainforest ecosystems.  The program includes a 3-day cruise on the Amazon, a must for those interested in observing plant and animal life in its most pristine state.  Several recreational activities are also planned to allow students to further enjoy and observe the unique flora and fauna of Brazil in a natural environment (for example, horseback riding, hiking and piranha fishing).  Brasilia, the modern capital city of Brazil, provides a look at both modern architecture and garden design.

Students live in hotel rooms (double or triple, depending on the city) for most of the trip.  More rustic accommodations are provided when visiting the Pantanal region (a lodge) and the Amazon River region (hammocks at a research station).  Students spend two nights onboard ship during the river cruise.  All meals in the Pantanal and Amazon regions are included in the program fee.  Students have the flexibility to purchase their own dinners and lunches in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia.

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Susan Barton
Faculty Director
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
146 Townsend Hall    
Email: sbarton@udel.edu
Phone: 302-831-1375 (office)
302-275-2848 (cell)

Chad Nelson
Faculty Director
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
163 Townsend Hall    
cnel@udel.edu
Phone: 302-831-1439 (office)
302-593-4858 (cell)

Jules Bruck
Faculty Director
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
141 Townsend Hall    
jbruck@udel.edu
Phone: 302-831-1373 (office)
610-662-2986 (cell)