excursions

Each Veritas program includes several excursions designed to help students gain a more in-depth cultural and historical understanding of the host country and region. Excursions are included in the program cost and cover ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours. Accommodations and breakfast are included on all overnight excursions. Optional excursions may be provided at an extra cost.

 

**Excursions may not be available for all programs and sessions**

 

BALNEÁRIO CAMBORIÚ: all terms

(One-day) Balneário Camboriú is a major beach resort fifty miles north of Florianópolis in the state of Santa Catarina. The town, with its steep hills dropping down to the sea, is famous for the cable car which, uniquely in the world, links the two beaches of Balneário Camboriú and Laranjeiras. Students will take a boat tour around the coastlines of the two beaches, then relax, swim and dine on the Laranjeiras beach, and later ride the cable car up to the Unipraias park to enjoy breathtaking views, an optional mountain sled ride, and other nature activities.

 

BLUMENAU AND ITAJAI RIVER VALLEY: all terms

(One-day) Explore the nearby town of Blumenau, founded by German immigrants whose heritage has left a lasting impression on the town today. You'll feel as if you've been transported to Germany as you stroll along the scenic streets and enjoy traditional German cuisine. The European-inspired towns that dot the surrounding fertile river valley have given this area the nickname "European Valley."

 

SANTA CATARINA ISLAND TOUR: all terms

(One-day) Tour the island during the first days of your program in Brazil. Starting in downtown Florianópolis, students have the chance to see the blend of history and modernity that characterizes the city. From there, travel to scenic lookouts, beaches, and historical points throughout the island. Finally, stop for lunch on a beach and enjoy some of the freshly caught seafood that is the specialty of Florianópolis.

 

SERRA CATARINENSE: all terms

(Multi-day) With stunning scenery and the coldest temperatures in Brazil, this multi-day excursion to the nearby Catarinense Mountains provides a dramatic contrast to the beaches of Florianópolis. This region is the birthplace of rural tourism in Brazil, and many centuries-old family-run farms now open their doors to guests. The cowboy-style gaucho culture is alive in this region, and activities available include horseback riding, hiking, white water rafting and bathing in hot springs. The peaceful setting and fresh mountain air are rejuvenating, and the Serra Catarinense even enjoys a sprinkling of snow each winter.

 

IGUAÇU FALLS: optional Spring & Fall only

(Multi-day) During this optional multi-day excursion, students will marvel at some of the most beautiful and spectacular waterfalls in the world as they stand on the Brazilian side of Iguaçu Falls and look out to Argentina, blanketed under ever-present rainbows. Over four miles of waterfalls straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina, and the breathtaking views are not to be missed. Upon seeing Iguaçu, the United States' First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!"

 

RESEARCH WITH THE SMITHSONIAN IN COSTA RICA: optional Spring & Fall only

(Multi-day) 

Latin America semester and summer students have the amazing opportunity to observe and interact with researchers at the Smithsonian La Selva Biological Station in the Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica. La Selva Biological Station is the largest field station and one of the most well-known tropical research sites in the world! Students will begin their weekend-long excursion at the Organization for Tropical Studies at the University of Costa Rica. Over the next few days, students will hike through the tropical rainforest, climb the research towers to get a closer look of wildlife in the canopies, white water raft through the lower Sarapiquí River, and most importantly, contribute and assist on a project by collecting data, analyzing the results, and recording their findings.