Brazil Travel November 2019

São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Inhotim, Brasilia & Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Architecture – From Modernism to Contemporary
12 Days: November 12th - 24th, 2019

There are few places as magnificent and varied as Brazil. On one hand, it has been blessed with the most beautiful beaches and breathtaking natural wonders, and on the other, it has produced visionary architects such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa and Affonso Reidy who have made Brazilian modernism world-renowned. In addition to designing acclaimed buildings such as the Ministry of Health and Culture and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, these visionaries planned the modernist city of Brasília from the ground up.

We will visit the four largest and most important cities in Brazil: São Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, as well as the Institute for Contemporary Art Inhotim. During 10 days we will guide you to the architectural highlights and provide deep insight into urban developments and the Brazilian culture.

Travel Itinerary November 2019

Glass house, Lina Bo Bardi

Glass house, Lina Bo Bardi

With over 20 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, São Paulo forms a huge, densely populated urban fabric. It is one of the largest cities in the world and the most populous in the southern hemisphere. There are many architectural highlights to discover in this key economic, financial and cultural center of Brazil.

Igreja San Francisco of Assis, church, Oscar Niemeyer

Igreja San Francisco of Assis, church, Oscar Niemeyer

The city of Belo Horizonte includes the Pampulha Modern Ensemble, which is another UNESCO heritage site. The buildings are situated around Lake Pampulha and were designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Belo Horizonte was the first state capital planned from the ground up.

Pavilion at Institute for Contemporary Art Inhotim, Lygia Pape

Pavilion at Institute for Contemporary Art Inhotim, Lygia Pape

The Institute for Contemporary Art Inhotim owns a world-class collection of contemporary art continuously on display. It is situated in a  lush tropical garden within a spectacular landscape close to Belo Horizonte.

National Congress, Brasília, Oscar Niemeyer

National Congress, Brasília, Oscar Niemeyer

Built in the late 1950s, Brasília is one of the youngest capitals in the world. It was planned and built by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, who thus gained world fame. In 1987, Brasília was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is a must-see for architects and urban planners.

Museum of Contemporary Art MAC Niteroi, Oscar Niemeyer

Museum of Contemporary Art MAC Niteroi, Oscar Niemeyer

Rio de Janeiro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also known as “Cidade Maravilhosa” or the “Marvelous City”, because of its spectacular scenery. Here the urban hustle-bustle perfectly melds with the relaxed beach life. Once the capital of Brazil and the Portuguese Empire, it offers a rich architectural heritage to explore.


Departure day, Friday, November 12th, 2019
Departure US / Europe in the evening

São Paulo

Day 1, Wednesday, November 13th
Economic Center Avenida Paulista 
Arrival São Paulo, day tour by foot and bus

Day 2, Thursday, November 14th 
The Historical City Center
Day tour by foot, by subway and bus

Day 3, Friday, November 15th
Brutalism and the Paulista School 
Day tour by bus and on foot

Belo Horizonte & Inhotim

Day 4, Saturday, November 16th 
The Drawing Board City and Pampulha 
Transfer and flight to Belo Horizonte, half-day tour by bus and by foot

Day 5, Sunday, November 17th 
Contemporary Art and Architecture 
Day trip by bus and by foot


Day 6, Monday, November 18th 
Costa’s Master Plan and the Monumental Axis 
Transfer and flight to Brasília, half-day tour by foot and by bus

Day 7, Tuesday, November 19th 
Superquadras and University Campus 
Day tour by bus and by foot

Rio de Janeiro

Day 8, Wednesday, November 20th 
Art Deco Copacabana and Niemeyer 
Transfer and flight to Rio de Janeiro, half-day tour by bus and by foot

Day 9, Thursday, November 21st 
The City’s History and Development 
Day tour by bus and by foot

Day 10, Friday, November 22nd 
Modern Brazil 
Day tour by bus and by foot

Day 11, Saturday, November 23rd 
Tropical Landscape Design 
Day tour by bus and by foot, return flight to US / Europe

Day 12, Saturday, November 24th
Arrival US / Europe in the morning / afternoon

Included Services
Travel program according to the description, including entrance fees
11 days guided tour and guide in German
Overnight stays in 4 star hotels
Domestic flights including transfers
Transport by van or bus
Welcome dinner, all breakfasts

Not Included
Return flight from the US / Europe to Brazil, but can be arranged for a surcharge of USD 100 (EUR 90) (transfers included)
Personal expenses, insurance
Lunch and dinner (except welcome dinner)

Number of Participants
Maximum 24 people and at least 12 people

USD 3,990 / EUR 3,490
Early bird reservation rebate until May 31st USD 200 / EUR 180
Single room supplement USD 650 / EUR 600
Small group supplement (15 persons or less) USD 200 / EUR 180
Upgrade hotel rooms for 10 nights USD 280 / EUR 250 per accommodation
Compensation CO2 USD 100 from the US / EUR 100 from Europe (optional)

Organization and Tour Guide
Barbara Iseli, architect ETH and founder Insight Architecture


The trip will be carried out in cooperation with Blumar Brazil.