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Fall 2015: Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic

Fall 2015

Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic



Salvador: Nov 11 - 16
You can travel independently between these ports: Learn more

With its 190 million inhabitants, Brazil has the largest population in Latin America and ranks fifth in the world. The majority of people live in the south-central area, which includes the industrial cities of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte. Brazil has undergone rapid urban growth; by 2005, 81% of the total population was living in urban areas. This growth aids economic development but also creates serious social, security, environmental, and political problems for major cities. The Brazilian economy’s solid performance during the 2008 financial crisis and its strong and early recovery, including 2010 growth of 7.5%, have contributed to the country’s transition from a regional to a global power. Expected to grow 3.5% in 2011 and 4.0% in 2012, the economy is the world’s seventh-largest and is expected to rise to fifth within the next several years. Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking nation in the Americas.

Sources: U.S. State Department
Quick Facts
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Population: 192,376,496
  • Government: Federal presidential constitutional republic
  • Currency: Real (R$) (BRL)
  • Capital: Brasília

Things to Do

  • Swim with river dolphins
  • Dance the Samba
  • Talk with an Amazon villager
  • Walk on the beaches of Rio
  • Hike to Cristo Redenor at Corcovado
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Blog Posts From Brazil

Work of the World

Travel isn't sight-seeing. Travel is experiencing. The Spring 2012 itinerary brought students to dozens of cities on 4 different continents in order to see firsthand how life takes place around …

Student Story: Sailing Down the Amazon

Will Haddad, a cinema major from McDaniel College, cut this video of footage from his riverboat trip on the Amazon earlier this semester. Students spent 3 days and 2 nights …

Traveling the World with the Portuguese Empire

While walking around in the former Portuguese colony of Macau, art history students strolled into a perfect example of class material. The wavy black-and-white bricks that dominated the city center …

Culture, Cuisine, and the Anthropology of Food

From The Last Supper to last night’s dinner, food has always played a fundamental role in a nation's culture. Whether eating steamed tilapia off a green Brazilian banana leaf or …

Student Photos – Brazil

Bom Dia from Brazil. Take a look at some Semester at Sea student photos from the MV Explorer's week on the Amazon River.