On our last day in Rio some of us decided to get up (or should I say stay up) to watch the sun rise over the Copacabana Beach. Most of the group woke up early enough to enjoy some time at the beach before our 12 o'clock check out time...
May 25, 2013
We woke up early this morning in Rio de Janeiro, to experience our last full day in Brazil, to visit one of the most famous places in Rio - the "Christ the Redeemer" statue atop the famous Corcovado mountain which overlooks all of Rio. Upon arrival at the bottom of...
May 24, 2013
We kicked off our Thursday morning with a meeting at Anheuser-Busch’s (AMBEV) Direct Distribution Center in Rio de Janeiro. Right away we were welcomed with open arms by a highly energetic and boisterous chant from the AMBEV employees, which occurs daily at this plant in order to show how committed...
May 23, 2013
Our morning started bright and early with a standard Brazilian breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso. We checked out of the hotel and boarded the bus by 8 AM, ready for our busy day. Over the course of the day, we attended a presentation from members of...
May 22, 2013
On Tuesday, May 21st, the IBIP group checked out of the hotel and started the day with a bus tour of the city of Lucas do Rio Verde by our friend and tour guide, Ricardo Arioli Silva. He explained how the town had grown tremendously, especially over the past 5...
May 21, 2013
For our first day in Lucas do Rio Verde, we had an early start and visited the Maggi Soybean Crushing Plant. This company has 40,000 hectares of cropland and 41 warehouses. Between all of their facilities, they have a capacity of 2.6 million tons of storage. We learned all about...
May 20, 2013
We had a free morning before our 11 am check out at SESC Pantanal. Some utilized this time to get some sun, some decided to catch up on sleep, and some chose to further explore the amenities of the hotel. One such amenity was the butterfly house. The house was...
May 19, 2013
On Saturday we woke up in a new place for all of us, the Pantanal wetlands in the state of Mato Grosso. This place is located in the beautiful countryside of central-western Brazil. The name of the resort we are staying at is the SESC Pantanal, which is a non-profit...
May 18, 2013
This morning we departed from the Hotel Antonio's Palace Hotel in Piracicaba and went to the Viracopos Airport for a flight to Cuiaba Airport. At the Viracopos airport we said our goodbyes to Felipe and Brenda, as they were returning to Sao Paulo. However, we will see both Brenda and...
May 17, 2013
Thursday was our last full day in Piracicaba, São Paulo. We woke up bright and early to take a tour of Raízen Group Sugar Mill, a Brazilian subsidiary of Shell and Cozan. Our hostess, Fatima, gave us a warm welcome and was happy to answer any of our questions about...
May 16, 2013

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