International Conference on Interpretation

OFFSITE SESSION 1

Museum of Tomorrow & Tijuca National Park (full day) 

Collective responsibility to Earth and to ourselves

Featured Attractions 
Museum of Tomorrow
Tijuca National Park 
Paineiras Visitor Center and Christ Redeemer



This full-day field trip will include visits to the Museum of Tomorrow and Tijuca National Park (location of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue). Meet at the lobby of the Novotel at 8:00am. From there we will head to downtown Rio and our first stop, the Museum of Tomorrow (about a one-hour drive).

We will visit the Museum of Tomorrow on a guided tour from 10:00am to 12:00pm. “Tomorrow” is an abstract notion of where we, as individuals and as society, are headed. The Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã) centers on the idea that tomorrow is inevitable and that we have a collective responsibility to Earth and to ourselves. Opened in 2015 in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Museum of Tomorrow’s neo-futuristic facilities include an impressive building (161,000 square feet, or almost three football fields) surrounded by reflective pools, gardens, a bike lane, and leisure areas. The museum’s permanent collection, mostly in digital format, highlights the arts, culture, and applied sciences, and promotes creativity and critical thinking. On your museum visit, you will travel through five distinct spaces (Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow, and Us) where thought-provoking exhibits will connect you to Earth’s past, present, and possible futures. You will explore concepts like cultural diversity and sustainability and learn how you can shape your tomorrow. 

We will have lunch at the museum and head toward the Tijuca National Park (about a one-hour drive) at 1:00pm. From there we will visit the Paineiras Visitor Center and Christ the Redeemer, symbol of the Cidade Maravilhosa (Wonderful City), and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro. The Christ, as the monument is commonly named, is the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world, built by the engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and inaugurated in 1931. From the top of Corcovado Mountain, the monument welcomes visitors with open arms and gazes placidly at breathtaking views of the city and Guanabara Bay. Access to the monument starts at Paineiras, a visitor center where you will find interpretive exhibits and a souvenir shop. You will learn more about Tijuca National Park, where the monument is located, and other Brazilian national parks. When visiting the monument, you’ll understand why it was selected as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the Swiss institution New 7 Wonders Foundation. 

Notes for Participants
Costs: $65 USD 
Guests: $65 USD
Minimum Number of Participants: 15
Maximum Number of Participants: 21
Time: 
8:00 am sharp: Departure Novotel Parque Olimpico 
6:30pm: Estimated return to Novotel Parque Olimpico
Meals Included: Lunch 
Accessibility: Yes

OFFSITE SESSION 2

Urca Hill Trail and Tijuca National Park

From urban nature to native flora and fauna 

Featured Attractions 
Vermelha Beach 
Urca Hill Trail 
Tijuca National Park 
Paineiras Visitor Center and Christ Redeemer



This full-day field trip will include visits to the Urca Hill Trail and Tijuca National Park (location of the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue). Meet in the lobby of the Novotel at 7:30am, from there we will head to downtown Rio (about a one-hour drive) and our first stop, Vermelha Beach, where we will hike the last (or first, depending on your perspective) segment of the Trans-Carioca Trail. 

To experience “urban” nature, nothing better than to walk along the recently restored Urca Hill Trail, near Vermelha Beach. This half-mile trail, about a one-hour hike, takes you through winding paths and stairs to the top of the Urca hill (650 feet above sea level), where you will find the second cable car station that gives access to Rio’s famous Sugar Loaf Mountain. Along the trail you will find scenic overlooks, interpretive wayside exhibits, and native flora and fauna of the nearly extinct Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) ecosystem. And as you reach the end of the trail, prepare to be awed by breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro. 

We will depart Sugarloaf Mountain at 11:30am for Tijuca National Park (about a one-hour drive), where we will have lunch at approximately 12:30pm. After lunch at 1:30pm we will visit the Paineiras Visitor Center and Christ the Redeemer, symbol of the Cidade Maravilhosa (Wonderful City), and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro. The Christ, as the monument is commonly named, is the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world, built by the engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and inaugurated in 1931. From the top of Corcovado Mountain, the monument welcomes visitors with open arms and gazes placidly at breathtaking views of the city and Guanabara Bay. Access to the monument starts at Paineiras, a visitor center where you will find interpretive exhibits and a souvenir shop. You will learn more about Tijuca National Park, where the monument is located, and other Brazilian national parks. When visiting the monument, you’ll understand why it was selected as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the Swiss institution New 7 Wonders Foundation.

We depart Tijuca National Park to return to SESC and the Novotel at approximately 4:30pm (about a one-hour drive). 

Notes for Participants
Costs: $65 USD
Guests: $65 USD
Minimum Number of Participants: 15
Maximum Number of Participants: 21
Time: 
7:30am sharp: Departure Novotel Parque Olimpico
5:30pm: Estimated return to Novotel Parque Olimpico
Meals Included: Lunch 
Accessibility: Involves trails with uneven paths. 
OFFSITE SESSION 3

Botanical Garden Historical Trail and Tijuca National Park 

Visit one of the world’s most important research centers in the areas of botany and biodiversity conservation

Featured Attractions 
Rio’s Botanic Gardens
Tijuca National Park 
Paineiras Visitor Center and Christ Redeemer



This full-day field trip will include visits to Rio’s Botanic Gardens and Tijuca National Park (location of the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue). Meet in the lobby of the Novotel at 7:00am; from there we will head to downtown Rio (about a one-hour drive) and our first stop, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens. 

At the foot of the iconic Corcovado (Christ Redeemer Mountain) sits the Botanical Garden, Brazil’s oldest and most famous city garden. Founded in 1808 by Portuguese emperor Dom João VI, the Garden has a rich history linked to the Napoleonic Wars in Europe and the spice trade between Europe and the East. Today, the garden is also a major tourist attraction in Rio, and one of the world’s most important research centers in the areas of botany and biodiversity conservation. When you visit the Botanical Garden Historical Trail, interpretive exhibits and presentations along the way will introduce you to centuries-old buildings framed by palm trees and lush vegetation native to Brazil and other parts of the world. The Botanic Garden also played an important role in the development of interpretation since it was one the first sites to recognize the importance of interpretive experiences in Brazil. 

After taking the guided historical tour, we will have lunch onsite at the gardens at 12:00pm. Then we depart the Botanic Gardens at 1:00pm for Tijuca National Park (about a one-hour drive). After we arrive, we will visit the Paineiras Visitor Center and Christ the Redeemer, symbol of the Cidade Maravilhosa (Wonderful City), and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro. The Christ, as the monument is commonly named, is the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world, built by the engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and inaugurated in 1931. From the top of Corcovado Mountain, the monument welcomes visitors with open arms and gazes placidly at breathtaking views of the city and Guanabara Bay. Access to the monument starts at Paineiras, a visitor center where you will find interpretive exhibits and a souvenir shop. You will learn more about Tijuca National Park, where the monument is located, and other Brazilian national parks. When visiting the monument, you’ll understand why it was selected as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the Swiss institution New 7 Wonders Foundation.

We will depart Tijuca National Park at 5:00pm for the approximately one-hour return drive to SESC and the Novotel. 

Notes for Participants
Costs: $65 USD
Guests: $65 USD
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Maximum Number of Participants: 21
Time: 
7:00am sharp: Depart Novotel Parque Olimpico
6:00pm: Estimated return to Novotel Parque Olimpico
Meals Included: Lunch at Botanic Gardens
Accessibility: Yes
 
OFFSITE SESSION 4

Golden Lion Tamarin

Observe the golden lion tamarin and the intensive conservation efforts to save them 

Featured Attractions 
Observe the Golden Lion Tamarin at Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD)
Golden Lion Association Office in the Poço das Antas Biological Nature Reserve
Environment Educational Center Adelmar Coimbra Filho
Hike the Boi Branco trail



A striking species, golden lion tamarins are small, social South American primates with a magnificent reddish-gold coat and a long, backswept mane. Once down to 200 in the wild, intensive conservation efforts have helped the population recover. Still an endangered species, there are about 3,200 in the wild—a third of which are descendants of golden lion tamarins raised in human care.

The experience of visiting the golden lion tamarin and walking through the Atlantic rainforest is unique—and only occurs in this part of the world. Visiting the golden lion tamarins can last from one to two hours, depending on their behavior. This offsite does require physical exertion; however, the beauty of the forest and landscapes that are part of the habitat of golden lion tamarin is well worth the effort. 

This educational offsite takes you on a tour to observe the Golden Lion Tamarin at Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD) a private conservation in the Atlantic rainforest, where tamarins are being monitored with the supervision and guidance of the Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Project. After observing these majestic creatures, you will visit the Golden Lion Association office in the Poço das Antas Biological Nature Reserve (administered by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation), and the environment educational center Adelmar Coimbra Filho, followed by a 40-minute guided hike on the Boi Branco trail, taking you on a walking path through the Atlantic forest. Once you’ve completed your hike, sit down to a leisurely lunch of typical Brazilian cuisine served at Fazenda dos Cordeiros, a private reserve on a local farm.

Notes for Participants
Costs: $155 USD
Guests: $155 USD
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Time: 
6:30am sharp: Departure from outside the Novotel Parque Olimpico
4:00pm: Estimated return to Novotel Parque Olimpico 
Meals Included: Lunch 
Accessibility: Limited; strenuous hike with uneven trails. 
 
OFFSITE SESSION 5

Guided Walking Tour of Rio's Historic Center 

Explore the city’s rich history and historical sites

Featured Attractions
Walking tour of Rio’s historic center
Learn about the city’s historic sites
Immerse yourself in the city’s culture



Rio de Janeiro, or River of January, was founded in 1565 by Portuguese explorer Gaspar de Lemos. The name Rio de Janeiro was the result of a mistake by the explorer. Lemos, mistakenly thinking the bay was the mouth of a river, decided to call the area Rio de Janeiro after the month he arrived.

Steeped in history, Rio’s historic center is surrounded by the famous Avenida Rio Branco, which is right in the center of this wonderful city—a city that is full of old buildings unique to its history, that have been preserved by time. 

Join us as we take a guided walking tour of the historic center and immerse yourself in the culture and history. Explore the city streets and learn about the city’s historic sites and famous buildings as you walk past the São Bento Monastery, Candelária Church, Praça XV, Imperial Palace, the Cultural Center (located in the beautifully restored Banco do Brasil), the Casa França-Brasil, and Gonçalves Dias Street where you can indulge on candy at the Confeitaria Colombo.

At the end of the tour you will have time to enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many eateries. 

Notes for Participants
Costs: $55 USD
Guests: $55 USD
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Time: 
8:30am sharp: Departure from outside the Novotel Parque Olimpico
4:30pm: Etimated return to Novotel Parque Olimpico 
Meals Included: None. Time provided for lunch on your own.
Accessibility: This offsite is a walking tour. Maneuvering city streets may be difficult. 
 



NAI International Conference

May 20–24, 2019
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Conferência Internacional sobre Interpretação 

em formação