The Atlantic Forest, Sao Paulo
5 weeks, 6 credits
May 25 – June 29, 2013
Live and learn at the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecologicas (IPE), the third largest nongovernmental organization in Brazil, at its Center for Conservation Biology. Located in the diverse Atlantic Rainforest, it is both one of the most threatening ecosystems on the planet and one of Conservation International’s 25 biodiversity hotspots: The Institute, which began as a project to study the Black Lion Tamarin, today comprises more than 60 professionals working in 30 projects throughout Brazil.
Travel to the coastal area of Picinguaba, located in Serra do Mar State Park, where you learn about coastal ecosystems and explore historic Paraty, a preserved Portuguese colonial and Brazilian Imperial town.
Explore the lanscape and backcountry of the Institute which offer excellent routes and views for scenic hikes and mountain bike riding, as well as swimming and kayaking in pristine reservoirs.
Learn about environmental issues affecting the region from research scientists at the Center for Conservation Biology at IPE.
Exprience an authentic cultural exchange by dinning on delicious meals prepared with organically grown food from a small organic farm adjacent to IPE.