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Programs in Brazil - Inbound
Terra Nativa: Reputation and Reability
Terra Nativa was founded in São Paulo in 1997 and is recognized for its excellence and professionalism in designing tailor-made Experiential Education and Faculty-Led programs for high school and college groups and works in tune with some of the most important private schools of São Paulo. Brazilian and international. Each year, 3.200 students travel with us inside the Brazilian territory.
We focus on education and specialize in cultural travel.
Terra Nativa has been working with groups of foreign students since 2001, offering unique educational and cultural opportunities through real-life experiences in Brazil.
WE ARE BRAZILIANS. WE KNOW THE COUNTRY.
WE ARE READY TO SHOW YOU AROUND!
Welcome to Brazil, a continental-sized country where "diversity" best defines its broad possibilities for the expansion of knowledge and which has always been the object of scientific and cultural research.
Colonized by Europeans, Brazil has strong African and native-American components which result in a social and cultural blend seldom found in other countries.
One of the world´s largest economies, Brazil also holds significant portions of untouched, pristine environments and is home to one of the largest biodiversities found on Earth.
Along the country, human pressure caused mainly by economic development acts upon the balance of important “global critical issues” like water and energy availability, wealth and land distribution and urban planning among others, creating a very favorable scenario for a wide range of possibilities concerning the study of Earth Sciences and Environmental & Social Sustainability.
Sustatinability and Earth Sciences
Brazil is a hotspot when it comes to studying the concepts of environmental and social sustainability.
Matching the “progress versus conservation curve” while ensuring quality of life is one of the country´s biggest challenges.
Based on 20 years designing educational programs in natural environments in Brazil, Terra Nativa offers a wide range of possibilities for the visiting group to witness and experience real-life situations where the relationship between Man and the Environment ranges from critical to harmonious.
Specific programs focusing on Climate Change, Biology, Geology, Biodiversity etc can be designed according to the group´s preferences.
Interesting facts about Brazil
Area: 8.511.965 square kilometers (3.286.480 square miles)
Population: 205 million (2015)
Capital: Brasília (population 2.5 million)
Largest city: São Paulo (population over 11 million)
Gross National Product: USD 2.5 trillion (2013)
• The world´s 5th largest country
• The world´s 8th largest economy
• Home of the largest biodiversity found on Earth
• The world´s largest exporter of beef, with a herd of more than 200 million heads
• The world´s largest producer of soybeans, coffee and ethanol (biofuel)
• The Amazon is the largest river by volume and 2nd largest by length (6.400 km), responsible for approximately 25% of the freshwater flow into the world´s oceans
• Approximately 75% of the country´s electricity comes from hydroelectric generation.
• Brazil´s highest mountain is Pico da Neblina, in the Amazon region, with an altitude of 2.994 m (9.823 ft)
Logistics and Support
Although it may sound strange, we actually do not want you to feel at home on your trip to Brazil. Our goal is to make you feel like part of a new scenario, interacting with interesting people, traveling over wonderful landscapes and experiencing situations and sensations that not always are a reality back home.
Comfortably. Happily. Safely.
With that target in mind, we design our programs logistics in order to connect all activities in the most efficient way.
The full solution: Delivering reliability and top-notch services, taking care of accommodation, meals, transportation and visits, Terra Nativa offers a smooth stay so you can concentrate on what really matters: your experience!
Terra Nativa strives to include local initiatives in its programs and, whenever possible, we partner with serious, local micro entrepreneurs such as guides, educators, artists, cooks and other qualified service providers.
We feel that this partnership is a very important tool to ensure a sustainable local income generation while adding precious native knowledge to the trip.
Terra Nativa is a member of ABETA, the Brazilian Association of Ecological and Adventure-Tourism Agencies that issues safety standards and protocols to be applied in outdoor activities. All Terra Nativa trip conductors are trained in first-response and emergency procedures.
DESIGNING YOUR PROGRAM
FACULTY - LED & STUDY PROGRAMS
FROM A LIMESTONE PROVINCE TO PRISTINE MANGROVES
THE PANTANAL WETLANDS AND BONITO
Some of our destinations
Paulin Antar Talaska
A biologist with a Master´s Degree in Oceanography from the University of São Paulo and has been involved in environmental education and conservation projects for more than 20 years. Since 1998, Paulin designs and coordinates tailor-made educational itineraries in Brazil for school and adult groups, Brazilian and foreign. In charge of Terra Nativa since 2010, Paulin is also a middle-school teacher and collaborates with the Brazilian Ballooning Confederation (CBB). Certified as tour-guide by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism and as Advanced Diver (PADI-USA). In her “free-time”, Paulin is mother of two 10 years old twins.
A passionate environmentalist and ecotourism entrepreneur with a 20-year experience in designing educational programs in natural environments, having led over 300 trips in the Brazilian territory. Worked on private and governmental Solar Photovoltaic Projects for electricity generation in Brazil. Lecturer at the RIO-92 Conference: “The State of the Art of Photovoltaics in Brazil”. In 1993 started his career in Ecological and Educational Tourism and in 1997 founded Terra Nativa, introducing the concepts of Social & Environmental Sustainability as master guidelines on trips. Certified as tour-guide by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism and as Dive Master by PADI-USA.
A very important component of Terra Nativa's programs is our special traveling team, which is composed of experienced, English-speaking professionals perfectly in tune with our program contents. From environmentalists, biologists, geologists to artists and nature photographers, we are all very passionate about our work. And it certainly shows!