International Conference on Interpretation

PRE-CONFERENCE TRIP

Foz do Iguaçu and the Iguazú Falls 

May 16–19, 2019



Iguazú Falls or Iguaçu Falls—no matter how you spell it—is touted as one of the most beautiful places in the world! Visitors have used words like exhilarating, exciting, enchanting, and an outstanding natural wonder when describing their visit to the spectacular falls.


A section of the majestic Iguazu Falls is located in the interior of the Iguaçu National Park, an area of nature preservation. The other section is located in Iguazú National Park, in Argentina. The entire system of falls encompasses 275 waterfalls in the middle of the Paranaense Forest, near the mouth of the Iguaçu River in the waters of the Paraná River, where the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet. The word Iguaçu means “vast water” in the indigenous dialect Tupi-Guarani. Established as a National Park in 1939, the protected area around the Iguaçu Falls nestles a wide range of rich fauna and flora. Visitors can be lucky enough to gaze animals like jaguars, purple-chest parrots, alligators, and protected species of monkeys and coatis, symbols of the park. Among the vegetation you certainly will not be disappointed with the richness of the exuberant nature. 



Your first day on this trip will start in Foz de Iguaçu where you will be met by your local guide who will take you to your hotel. From there you may enjoy a relaxing day and evening on your own at your leisure. 



Day two will be spent at Parque das Aves (Bird Park) & Brazilian Falls Tours. The day starts with a 1.5-hour visit to Bird Park, an internationally recognized rescue and conservation center for birds, located in the middle of the rich and exuberant Atlantic Rainforest. Experience the native flora and fauna firsthand by following the trails through the forest, where you will have the exclusive opportunity to get up close to native Brazilian bird species, some of which are classified as endangered. 



After visiting Bird Park, you will depart for a four-hour tour of the falls on the Brazilian side—some of the best views of the falls! Arriving at the falls, you will take a descending trail down the canyon, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of more than 240 falls. Then, board a glass elevator, which takes you to a platform where more exquisite views will be revealed. Your day will end back at your hotel where you may enjoy dinner at your leisure. 



Day three includes a seven-hour Argentinian Falls tour. After breakfast at your hotel, you will depart from the hotel and cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, enjoying its lovely view of the Iguassu Canyon heading towards the Iguazú National Park in Argentina. At the entrance, a small train takes you on a tour through the park, making two stops: one to the upper circuit and another to the lower circuit. Follow the walkways to the top of the waterfalls, which provides spectacular views of the Cataratas (falls) set among 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 Garganta do Diabo (Devil’s Throat) waterfall, the largest of the waterfalls in the park. After completing the visit of the Argentina side of the falls, cross the border and back to your hotel. Your evening is at your leisure. 

Day four is a day to explore Foz do Iguaçu on your own or sleep in before you depart for Rio de Janeiro. Wake up and enjoy breakfast at the hotel. In due time, your local guide will accompany you to the IGU airport to embark on your flight to Rio de Janeiro (flight not included). 
 

Included in the cost of trip: 

  • Transportation from IGU (Foz do Iguaçu) airport to hotel
  • Transportation from hotel to IGU airport
  • Transportation by private vehicle with local English-speaking guide during tours
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Three nights at Wyndham Foz do Iguaçu hotel or similar.

Not included in the cost of trip:

  • Domestic or international air transportation. Upon registration for trip, you will have the option to work with AKORN travel to help book your international and domestic flights. 
  • Lunch and dinners are not included in the tour. There will be time on the trips for you to have lunch; please plan on bringing a means of payment. 
  • Tips for guides, drivers and hotel staff
  • Room tax is not included; tax can be paid directly
  • Extras at hotels (laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.)
  • Transportation from Rio’s International Airport–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport to hotel in Rio. 
  • Any other items not mentioned above

Costs (in US Dollars)
Conference Attendees: 
Single: $395 USD 
Double: $295 USD

Guests of Conference Attendees:
Single: $395 USD 
Double: $295 USD

Minimum: 4 (Please note if we do not have at least four register for this trip, the trip will be cancelled. Fees for trip will be refunded. We will notify of cancelation by April 15.)
Maximum: 10


POST-CONFERENCE TRIP 1

 

Serra dos Órgãos National Park 

Saturday, May 25 (One-Day Trip)



Enjoy a day relaxing in nature. Located a little over an hour’s drive from Rio de Janeiro, Serra dos Órgãos National Park feels a world away. 

Serra dos Órgãos National Park is a Federal Integral Protection Conservation Park, managed by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), whose main objective is to preserve its natural ecosystems. The park houses more than 2,800 species of plants, 462 species of birds, 105 mammals, 103 amphibians and 83 reptiles—including 130 endangered species! 

Spend the day hiking trails that pass through both lowland and highland Atlantic forest, where you can observe the park’s many habitats, stopping for lunch along the way. The day will end with a hike to the Bride’s Veil waterfall, where you can bathe in the waterfalls or natural swimming pools. 

Included in the cost of trip: 

  • Transportation from Windsor Florida Hotel
  • Lunch
  • Entry fees

Notes for Participants
Costs (in US Dollars)
Attendee: $138 USD 
Guest: $138 USD 
Minimum: 5 (Please note if we do not have at least five register for this trip, the trip will be cancelled. Fees for trip will be refunded. We will notify of cancelation by April 15.)
Maximum: 20
Accessibility: Limited; strenuous hike with uneven trails.

 
POST-CONFERENCE TRIP 2

Tijuca National Park

Saturday, May 25, 2019 (Half Day)



This half-day field trip will include a visit to Tijuca National Park (location of the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue). Meet in the lobby of the Windsor Florida Hotel at 7:00am. From there we will head to Tijuca National Park, about an hour away. Once 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. 

After the site visit, we will depart Tijuca National Park at 11:30am for the approximate one-hour return drive to Windsor Florida Hotel. 

Notes for Participants
Costs: $15 USD
Guests: $15 USD
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Maximum Number of Participants: 15
Time: Departs outside the Windsor Florida Hotel at 7:00am; return by 12:30pm 
Meals Included: None 
Accessibility: Yes; maneuvering some areas and trails may be difficult

POST-CONFERENCE TRIP 3

Santarém (PA): Tapajos and Arapiuns Rivers

May 25–29, 2019 (Five days)



Welcome to the Amazon!

What would a trip to Brazil be without visiting the Amazon! And what better way to see it then going on community-based ecotourism tour!

This trip is a unique opportunity to have a different travel experience not only enjoyable and entertaining, but also educational, authentic, responsible, and interactive, based on sharing culture and generating benefits for local communities.

Day 1: Santarém – Alter do Chão
Your trip starts on Saturday, May 25 upon arrival at the airport in Santarem—the gateway to your Amazon adventure—where you will be met by a local guide to transfer you to your hostel in Alter do Chão. Hidden deep in the Amazon jungle, Alter do Chão is a little-known beach destination with stunning white sandy stretches that rival even those of Brazil’s famous north coast. Enjoy this day to relax and explore the town and beach on your own. (Domestic flight from Rio to Santarem not included).

Day 2: Alter do Chão/Urucureá community/Anã community 
After breakfast you will board a chartered regional small boat, leaving from Alter do Chão towards the community of Urucureá. The community of Urucureá is located on the banks of the Arapiuns River. The community is made up of approximately 50 families and is known in the region for the quality of its handicrafts. From there you will sail towards the community of Anã, where you will spend the night at the community hostel of Anã (on hammocks) and enjoy dinner with the group.

Day 3: Anã community/Atodi community 
The third day starts with a canoe trip to visit local fish farming and a native bee management project where you will have the opportunity to converse with community leaders. Have lunch on the boat and then sail towards the Atodi community. Enjoy a snack at the Atodi Hostel, a presentation of the farinha production process, and dinner. 

Day 4: Atodi community/Santarém 
Breakfast on the boat and then hike in the forest (Brazil Nut trees trail), with snack along the trail, stop by the igarapé (small stream) to swim and stretch in igapó (blackwater forest), then  have lunch on the boat. Navigate back to Santarém, with snack on board. Arrive in Santarem and transfer to the hotel. Farewell dinner in Santarem. 

Day 5: Santarem/Hometown 
Breakfast and transfer to the airport. (Flights not included)

Included in the cost of trip: 

  • Transportation from Santarem Airport to Alter do Chao Hostel (May 25)
  • Transportation from hostel to Santarem Airport (May 29) 
  • Meals: Four breakfasts; three lunches; three dinners; and snacks, water, juice, and/or coffee along the days on the boat.
  • Four nights accommodation: Accommodation in double rooms in Alter do Chao hostel (one night); in hammocks at the communities (two nights); and in double rooms in Santarem hostel (one night)
  • Regional boat fees 
  • Ecotourism activities. 

Not included in the cost of trip:

  • Domestic or international air transportation. Upon registration for this trip, you will have the option to work with the tour company to help book your international and domestic flights. 
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Extras at hotels (laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.)
  • Transportation from hotel in Rio to Rio’s International Airport (May 25) 
  • Any other items not mentioned above
  • Activities and tour extras

Notes for Participants
Costs (in US Dollars)
Conference Attendee: $775 USD
Guest: $775 USD
Minimum: 10 (Please note if we do not have at least 10 register for this trip, the trip will be cancelled. Fees for trip will be refunded. We will notify of cancelation by April 23.)
Maximum: 15 

 



NAI International Conference

May 20–24, 2019
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Conferência Internacional sobre Interpretação 

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