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Master of Agribusiness

Brazil 2016

Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program is offering an agribusiness tour of Brazil. Anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the food and agricultural industry in this country is encouraged to join us. Registration for the trip is now closed.

June 11-20, 2016

*Saturday, June 11
Depart on overnight flight to São Paulo.

Sunday, June 12 - São Paulo
Arrival at Guarulhos International Airport, São Paulo. Meet local guide and transfer to hotel with an orientation sightseeing tour.

Monday, June 13 - São Paulo / Campinas
Breakfast in your hotel. After breakfast, depart to Campinas. Visit a citrus farm to get an idea of the scale of citrus production in Brazil. On arrival in Campinas, visit Tozan coffee farm.

Tuesday, June 14 - Campinas
Visit Raizen/Cosan Group - Costa Pinto facility ethanol plant. Headquarters of the Cosan Group, Costa Pinto is one of the largest manufacturing plants in Brazil.

This afternoon, visit ESALQ College of Agriculture for a presentation. Learn about their teaching and research activities in Brazil and abroad.

Return to Campinas at the end of the day. Free night to have a drink or meal independently at one of the many good bars and restaurants in this lively town.

Wednesday, June 15 - Campinas / Campo Grande / Aquidauana
After breakfast, visit IAC (Agronomical Institute of Campinas): Research and development to learn about agricultural research, phytotechnology and plant improvement, soil and weather, agricultural engineering, and biological science.

Later this afternoon, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Campo Grande. On arrival at the airport, meet English-speaking local guide and transfer to Aquidauana. Dinner at your hotel.

Thursday, June 16 - Aquidauana / Dourados
A fairly long journey this morning, then off on a dirt road to a 9,000 ha farm which raises cross-bred Brangus cattle. The farm focuses on good quality meat and sells a percentage of its production to one of the best restaurants in São Paulo.

The tour takes us into the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, which is mainly known for its beef cattle and soybeans but is becoming increasingly diversified with sheep and sugar cane and other crops.

This afternoon, visit a well-known farm of around 19,000 ha which runs 25,000 head of cattle with both Nelore and Braford breeds. The farm maximizes pasture use and strategic fattening with a feedlot in the dry season.

Friday, June 17 - Dourados / Guiara
Depart after breakfast, heading north through the state of Parana, Guiara. Visit an interesting dairy farm using a variety of forages and generating its own biodiesel from by-products.

Parana is an important state for agriculture in Brazil, with all-year-round growing conditions, and a great diversity of agriculture including cereals, fruit, grain, coffee, pigs, poultry, dairy and beef.

After lunch, visit a typical large-scale cropping farm with corn, soybeans and cattle. Following the visit, we will drive northwest through some very pretty and diverse country, which has been settled mainly by Germans, to the border of the states of Parana and Mato Grosso do Sul together with the country of Paraguay.

Saturday, June 18 - Guiara / Iguassu Falls
After breakfast, depart to Iguassu Falls. On arrival, half day private tour of the Brazilian side of the Falls and Macuco Safari with rafting on the river. The Iguassu Falls are formed by the swirling waters that are cast by high basalt cliffs, creating a unique spectacle. There are 19 main falls. Five of them are on the Brazilian side (Floriano, Deodoro, Benjamin Constant, Santa Maria and União). We will do a half-day tour to admire the waterfalls from the Brazilian territory.

Sunday, June 19 - Iguassu Falls
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day private tour on the Argentinian side of the Falls and the town of Puerto Iguazu. Today is the day to experience the full force of the Iguassu Falls as you journey through the Argentinian side. Your visit will take you to the park’s three tiers, providing different views of the surging water. Follow the lower path to the base of the falls, an atmospheric world of mist and crashing water. Then take the upper path for panoramic views from the footbridge over the waterfalls. There is also an opportunity to get the ultimate Iguazu falls experience with a boat ride through the falls.

Monday, June 20
After breakfast, morning transfer to the airport and catch a flight to São Paulo to connect to your flight home.

For more information and the full itinerary, please contact Mary Bowen at mjbowen@ksu.edu or 785-532-4435.

*Itinerary is tentative and may change. Stita Farm Tours



Estimated Trip Rates:

Double Occupancy Rate (2 person room):
Single = $2,600*
Couple = $5,200*

Single Occupancy Rate (single room) = $2,750*

*These are based on current estimates and exchange rates. The final cost will depend on the number of travelers.

Cost Breakdown
Registration: $2,600 covers in-country logistics, hotel rooms (3-4 star where available), internal flights, entry fee into Argentina and most meals for double occupancy.

Additional Expenses

  • International Economy Airfare: $800 - $1,500 per person. Each traveler is responsible for transportation from local origin to/from São Paulo.
  • $180 Visa fee for Brazil
  • Additional meals, souvenirs & personal items
  • Optional trip insurance

For more information or to sign up: Mary Bowen, mjbowen@ksu.edu or 785-5324435