Brazil, the second largest soybean producing country in the world, continues to see strong growth in their agricultural sector. See how farmers are improving their yields in Brazil’s warm climate, where double cropping has become very common. Travel during the heart of their soybean harvest, when you can expect to see planters following combines, making use of every possible day of the growing season. Perhaps this year Brazil will surpass the U.S. in soybean production. Walk in fields and inspect crops in various stages of growth including: soybeans, corn, cotton, sunflowers, sugarcane, and more. Visit large farms, livestock enterprises, processing plants, and equipment dealers in Mato Grosso, the largest and newest farming state in Brazil. Large enough to house five of our Midwestern states, Mato Grosso produces over 30% of Brazil’s soybeans, and 9% of the world’s soybeans. Witness lines of trucks that are so long, the drivers often utilize their onboard kitchens to cook dinner while waiting! See why a third of their commodity prices are associated with transportation costs. Visit one of the world’s largest soybean farms and discuss input costs, freight logistics, and operations with top managers. See how managing 150,000+ acres differs from farms producing on 5,000 acres. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the rain forest on an Amazon River cruise and experience the world’s largest waterfalls – Iguassu Falls. Up to 275 separate waterfalls combine to make this unforgettable sight! The most complete agricultural and cultural tour of Brazil you will find!
- January 17 - 29, 2020
- January 31 - February 12, 2020
Day 1: Miami / Amazon
Depart Miami International Airport on your afternoon flight to Brazil. Upon our evening arrival into Manaus, we clear customs, passport control, and enjoy a snack on the way to our hotel. In-flight Meal Service
Day 2: Amazon
Begin your day with a brief introduction to the city of Manaus. Stop by a local market where people shop for various cuts of meat, raw fish, and other fruits and vegetables. While you may not be able to bring a whole fish through customs, you can easily find a handicraft treasure that will pack well. Next we visit their world famous Opera House. From the ornate wood flooring to the rubber pavement to subdue the clamor of horse hooves, this landmark helps paint the picture of opulence experienced in Manaus during the Rubber Boom. This afternoon enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Negro River and Amazon River, where we see the impressive view of the meeting of the waters. The Rio Negro, a river with dark, almost black colored water, flows into the giant Amazon’s light or sandy-colored water and together flow side-by-side nearly four miles without mixing. This phenomenon is due to the differences in temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers. The Rio Negro flows at near 1.25 miles per hour at a temperature of 82 degrees, while the Amazon flows between 3.25 miles per hour at a temperature of 72 degrees. You are sure to enjoy this comfortable and interesting private cruise on these two rivers. For a truly up-close view, we board smaller boats and navigate through the flooded forest to see the giant lilly pads. Here you can see the watermarks from previous rain seasons. Can you believe that the water level fluctuates over ten feet each year? Also, see homes of the locals, built on stilts to protect them from flooding. B, L, D
Day 3: Amazon / Mato Grosso
Today we begin with an introduction to local fruit farming. Travel about an hour outside of the city and we begin seeing agricultural land. Visit a banana plantation, where the president of the local Co-Op shows us his crop of about 7,000 banana trees. He also has numerous papaya plants for you to inspect as well. You may be surprised to find out how all of his fruit is harvested! Transfer to the airport for our flight to Mato Grosso. B, D
Day 4: Mato Grosso
This morning we depart Cuiaba, Mato Grosso’s capital, and travel north into the heart of Brazil’s largest agricultural state, which produces over 30% of the country’s soybeans. Upon reaching their fertile production land, you will notice the red soil. This soil, along with the generous sun and the abundant rainfall of this tropical climate, provides the potential to grow high-yield crops. During their growing season, October through April, they receive 80 - 90 inches of rain, while May through August virtually no rain falls. Each year our Brazil Tour itineraries will include visits similar to those listed below, however the exact locations and chronological order may be adjusted to accommodate the farmers’ schedules. We stay the next two nights in a very young city that was born from the new development of the one-time cerrado turned soybean land. Sky-high soybean prices in the 1970’s started the flow of farmers into Mato Grosso. Before that, the flat-to-rolling Savannah had been home to beef producers. Bulldozers cleared trees and brush from the land, large discs followed and lime spreaders poured in to make the acidic soils sweet. Millions of acres have been cleared in this area to make Brazil one of the world’s top soybean producers. Here we visit John Deere and Case IH Implement Dealerships to compare costs and see the technology available in Brazil. B, D
Day 5: Mato Grosso
Today we visit a special sugar mill. This flex factory produces sugar and ethanol, depending on the market price. The refinement procedure begins the same for both products, but midway through, they must decide on the final product. The dry pulpy residue left after the extraction of juice from sugar cane is called bagasse. This material is burned to produce the required energy to power the factory. Often an excess of energy will be generated, which in turn is sold back to the electric company. Our afternoon visit includes a large soybean farm. Here you’ll have an opportunity to discuss everything from input costs and crop choices to land prices and farm profitability. Discuss the various methods involved in their daily operations. Inspect the crops and see the harvest. This is the best time of year to see their soybean harvest and see them plant second crop corn and cotton. This is a great introduction into Brazilian agriculture. B, L, D
Day 6: Mato Grosso
Today we visit one of the largest soybean farms in the world. Mr. A. Maggi, the former governor of the state of Mato Grosso, has farmland stretching across the country of Brazil. We’ll learn about his huge agricultural enterprise, which includes grain farming, seed production, marketing and barge shipping. Be ready - the numbers are mind-boggling. This visit may help you learn how someone can farm 150,000+ acres of soybeans profitably. Most of their area crops are trucked west to the Madeira River, where they are loaded on barges owned by Maggi. The barges carry the crops northeast to the Amazon, where they are loaded on larger vessels for international shipment. We view the crops firsthand and investigate the huge line of farm equipment, much of it manufactured in Brazil. Farmers owning 80 tractors, 40 combines, a dozen cotton pickers, and several spray planes are not unusual. We’ll see large-scale wood-burning grain dryers. The soybean harvest will be underway, and throughout the tour you’ll have an opportunity to see crops from the early stages all the way to harvest. You will also notice firsthand Brazil’s main obstacles to transportation - see long truck lines at the local elevators and their poor road conditions. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. B, L, D
Day 7: Mato Grosso / Cuiabá
Today we may visit an agricultural industry, another farm, or Brazil’s Soybean Association in Cuiaba. We travel south to Cuiaba, completing our circular tour of Mato Grasso. Check-in to our hotel before dinner. Overnight and prepare for your flight tomorrow. B, D (Itinerary in Mato Grosso subject to change slightly due to farmers’ schedules & availability)
Day 8: Mato Grosso / Brasillia
After breakfast, we fly to Brasilia, a totally planned city with an all-new skyline. Brasilia is laid out in the shape of a large airplane, and its modern and interesting architecture makes it an important aspect of Brazil’s culture and history. This capital of Brazil is home to the nation’s President, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. See the governmental district, and go inside two very unique churches that are unlike any you’ve seen before. Those who like stained glass windows will especially appreciate a look around. Enjoy a special treat, where we head to a Churrascaria (Brazilian Steakhouse) for an authentic Brazilian BBQ, where waiters bring various cuts of beef, chicken, lamb and pork on large skewers and slice it directly onto your plate. This is always a lot of fun, but bring your appetite! B, L
Day 9: Brasiliia / Foz do Iguassu
Today we head to the airport for our flight to Foz do Iguassu, the city made famous by the amazing Iguassu Falls. The afternoon is yours to rest, enjoy a swim, or sip on Brazil’s national drink, the caipirinha, made with cachaça (sugarcane liquor), sugar, and lime. Tonight we gather to enjoy dinner and the sunset views at the Triple Frontier. Here you can see the confluence of the Iguassu and Parana Rivers, as well as the borders of three countries: Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. B, D
Day 10: Bird Park / Iguassu Falls / Macuco
This morning we visit Parque das Aves, one of South America’s largest bird parks. Housing a great collection of rehabilitated bird species, the park is doing magnificent conservation work. Here you will be able to see and photograph the vibrant tropical birds of Brazil such as macaws, toucans, and parrots. Following lunch, be ready for an amazing tour of Iguassu Falls. Walk along the boardwalk for an up-close view of the mighty Horseshoe Falls. An unbelievable experience that is sure to impress you, as it is much greater than a single sight! See why it was named one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Just across the river, you will see the banks of Argentina. Since we are so close to these remarkable water falls, we take a short trip through the rain forest on our way to the Macuco Boat Safari. See the rain forest and capture a magnificent view as our boat powers through the sea spray below the falls! B, L
Day 11: Farm / Iguassu
Today we visit a smaller scale farm. He has about 3000 acres of soybeans and about 1200 head of cattle, although he has recently moved his cattle north to Mato Grosso, so he can focus on growing soybeans here in the south. See the difference a developed area can make for land prices. Our farmer is always bashful when speaking of land prices here, because he has made it quite clear that he will NEVER sell! See for yourself why he loves this land so much! After lunch at a country restaurant, we visit a grain elevator. Here we can see where the trucks unload their soybeans, preparing them for export. Return to the hotel and freshen up for a wonderful dinner and show that features musicians and dancers from Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. This is another great opportunity to sample several different cuts of excellent meat freshly grilled on the Brazilian Barbecue. It can be tough to choose, so just try them all! But save room for the huge dessert bar! B, L, D
Day 12: Itaipu Dam / Depart to Miami
Sleep in after last night’s energetic performance. Late morning we tour the incredible Itaipu Dam, the world’s second largest hydro-electric dam. Learn how Paraguay and Brazil partnered on this incredible endeavor. We stop at a large gift shop for any last minute souvenirs before traveling to the airport for our return flight. B, In-flight Meal Service
Day 13: Arrive USA
Arrive Miami in the early morning, with plenty of time to meet your connecting flights home. In-flight Meal Service
International Airfare from Miami
International Airline taxes
Brazilian Domestic Airfare
Deluxe Motorcoach throughout
Admissions to all events
Professional English Speaking Guides
Special sights and activities listed
Meals with Beverage as indicated:
B (Breakfast) L (Lunch) D (Dinner)
Special Events and Sights
Amazon & Negro River Cruise
Meeting of the Waters • (Igapo) Flooded Forest
Banana & Papaya Plantation • Manaus Opera House
National Congress of Brazil
Brazilian Churrascaria BBQ
3,000 acre farm with soybeans & corn
250,000 acre soybean, corn & cotton farm
Sugar Cane Mill • Ethanol Plant
Implement Dealerships & Hardware Store
Agronomist Guide in Mato Grosso
Music & Dance Dinner Show
Jungle Jeep Ride • Boat Ride into the Falls
Itaipu Dam (2nd largest in world)
Iguassu Falls (world’s largest waterfall)
Testimonials from 2018 Brazil Tour Participants
"We both enjoyed the tour very much. It was very well planned and I would not change anything! We got to experience the culture along with the farms as well as many fascinating sites. The tour manager did a very good job balancing the needs of many different people. He was friendly and helpful particularly at the airports. Thank you very much."
- Dan & Anne A. (Wisconsin)
"We really liked the tour! Tour manager was very friendly. Knowledge was very good. Organization was really good too. Tour guides were really easy to understand!They were very knowledgeable and friendly! We enjoyed all of the visits!"
- Larry & Cheryl K. (Indiana)
"Larry Rupiper did a great job. We wouldn't see a lot of the farm stuff if Larry didn't have those great contacts. The guides and drivers were knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Everyone in the office were so helpful, they think of everything. Another great trip. Our tour group was so friendly and lots of fun. This was our 3rd Rupiper tour and you never disappoint."
- Ron & Miriam E. (Minnesota)
"We enjoyed our tour with Larry and his knowledge of the area. Having been to Brazil before, he knew what to see and how to spend our time at various tourist sites. The organization of the tour was exceptional - since we had to catch various flights and had to keep on schedule. But the schedule was still relaxed. All tour guides were very knowledgeable and gave plenty of information about crops, operations, markets and weather of their areas. They were friendly and willing to answer all of our questions. Great trip! Now we've booked a tour with you for this July!"
- Sherwin & Carol R. (Oklahoma)
"All very good."
- Gary B. (Minnesota)
"This trip was for my husband, but we both loved it. The guides and tour manager were great. A+."
- Milt & Carol H. (Iowa)
Testimonials from 2017 Brazil Tour Participants
"Our first trip with Rupiper. We were very pleased. Fantastic. Would highly recommend to anyone."
- Bob & Melanie B. (Michigan)
"Very good, really enjoyed it! All the guides were very good and knowledgeable. We enjoyed stopping at the John Deere dealer. We really enjoyed the video - Great!"
- Bill & Ann B. (Wisconsin)
"Nothing but great! Everyone was helpful. I really enjoyed the Banana Plantation."
- Anonymous (Minnesota)
"Larry was a great shepherd, and I thought all the guides did outstanding. My favorite sites were the bean farms, the Amazon, and Iguassu Falls."
- Dean C. (Illinois)
"The tour manager and guides were all excellent. I really loved the falls and farms. Rupiper staff were all very good."
- Ted & Judy R. (New Mexico)
"Liked the "touch" of the Amazon and area - glad to have went on river and small boat ride. Iguassu Falls is fascinating and needs to stay in the itinerary. Tour guides were all excellent and knew what we wanted to see and hear. I am recommending this trip to friends and acquaintances!!"
- Sandy & Peggy L. (MN)
Testimonials from 2016 Brazil Tour Participants
"Just a note to thank you for a wonderful time in Brazil. It was a great learning experience, or as Lawrence said to our guide, Ricardo, "It was a seminar on wheels." We were surprised and delighted to receive the DVD which we sat down and watched. We thought you captured essence of the trip. It certainly refreshed our memories of the trip and the people we met. Once again thank you for a really great tour."
- Wilma & Lawrence B. (Alberta, Canada)
"We would readily book another memorable tour with Rupiper! We felt it was planned very well. We never felt rushed. The tour company informed us what to expect and we were prepared. There wasn't any part that we didn't enjoy."
- Anonymous (Ohio)
"It was all excellent. Thank you for the DVD and addresses. Very good memories. The effort and friendliness was very good. I would go again. The company was very good to work with."
- Delores & Linferd F. (Kansas)
"Thought the package put together was excellent. Brent does a very good job. Tour guides were excellent - especially Ricardo - a real jewel for you! I have said many good things to others about my experience & our handling."
- Mark S. (Minnesota)
"Excellent Guide and Tour Manager. We enjoyed all the sites and have been recommending Rupiper Tours to friends and family when they wish to travel. Thank you Brent for the GREAT VIDEO!"
- Bill & Karen T. (Alberta, Canada)
"A good tour generally means there is a good tour guide & this was a good tour. The wide variety of sites was great. Everyone in the office was helpful."
- Jerome & Roberta T. (Minnesota)
"Brent did a wonderful job. Everyone we talk to can't believe all we saw and all we did. What a wonderful trip. We were glad we got to visit a market, grocery store, and hardware store. My wife was happy you set up a shopping trip for the ladies while the men went to the equipment dealers. We were not home 1 week and the people at church asked us to talk about the trip. We displayed pictures on a projector and everyone had questions and thought we had a wonderful trip. Could not believe all we saw and did."
- David & Audrey S. (Illinois)
"There wasn't anything that we didn't like. All your staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. We felt the tour manager did an excellent job."
- Bud B. & Lynn P. (Georgia)
"Thought our trip was very enjoyable. Would not change a thing - had a wonderful time. We really enjoyed walking in soybean fields with 18 combines harvesting around us."
- Paul & Carol E. (Florida)
"Every site was interesting and each day exciting! A unique tour in that you actually got to touch hands with the people of the country. We could tell they really held you in great respect, Larry (Rupiper), or we would never have been able to experience their culture and way of life the way we did! We shall try and convince our friends to take this tour. It was outstanding!"
- Arnie & Bonnie J. (Minnesota)
"A thumbs up tour!"
- Bonnie & Harold D. (Illinois)
"Had a wonderful tour and great tour manager & guides. We had a wonderful group of people to travel with. It was a great experience! Thank you."
- Jeanette M. (Minnesota)
"I think the tour was superb in all aspects. Great tour manager and tour guides. We got what we paid for. It was all I had expected. You can only pack 5 pounds in a 5 pound bag. All was great."
- Edward & Sue W. (New Jersey)
"We were well looked after. Buses were very good with bathroom and drinking water storage. Overall the tour exceeded our expectations, and gave us a good look over a short time of the very large country of Brazil. Well organized. Our favorite sites were all the farm tours in Mato Grosso and the dam and falls in the south."
- Lawrence & Wilma B. (Alberta, Canada)
"Service was excellent and I appreciated being able to select foods necessary for my celiac diet. All tour guides were very knowledgeable and informed on their areas, which was very interesting. Your expertise made the trip so very much informative and enjoyable. We really enjoyed the Amazon River and Iguassu Falls. Thanks for the video, it is very good."
- Rachel & Kenneth K. (North Dakota)
"We were quite pleased with organization and persons involved with all the tour. Brent is very personable and helpful. The wife and I would travel with Rupiper Tours again!
- Ambrose & Darlene B. (Ontario)
Testimonials from 2015 Brazil Tour Participants
"Thank you so much for the wonderful trip. It was so organized and very informative with plenty of time to enjoy each experience. All your tour guides were knowledgeable, could answer questions and handled American humor well. All of our accommodations were clean and well above just adequate. Everything was tasty and our scales said we ate our share. Larry is ready to go on any trip you and/or your company guide. He has already started giving me ideas as to which on to choose."
- Larry & Ann R. (Kansas)
“So fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel with you. Your ag knowledge increased our enjoyment of this trip. The experience of our first major trip was very memorable! We did have a great group and it is a beautiful country.”
- Lane & Kathy T. (Iowa)
“An enjoyable and informative tour. Everything was great and everyone did a great job. Thanks for the opportunity to see some of Brazil. Thanks also for the DVD.”
- Barb B. (Ontario, Canada)
“We felt the tour was terrific. Brent was an excellent manager – so friendly with everyone. Everything was so organized. There were no problems at all. Very knowledgeable, just a great person and manager. Went above and beyond! It was a terrific tour, busy, informative, interesting, and a good group of people which always helps. Never had to wait for anyone. Rupiper staff were awesome and always helpful. We would definitely recommend Rupiper Tours to anyone!! Thank you for the great tour Rupiper!!! The DVD was awesome, thanks.”
- Danny & Janice D. (Alberta, Canada)
“Honestly – I would not change the tour. I liked that the last few days were a slower pace. Your office staff were excellent. The DVD was a nice surprise!”
- Rob J. (Ohio)
“Brent it was a great trip. I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks for everything.”
- Fran B. (Ontario, Canada)
“Love the DVD – Enjoyed the trip and made new friends. It was a trip that will always be remembered as wonderful and educational.”
- Larry & DeVonne B. (Nebraska)
“Everything was above and beyond expectations!! Rupiper Tours and all the tour guides were wonderful – So caring!! Thank you so much for Everything!!”
- Karen & Bill S. (Illinois)
“Brent was always very helpful when any question arose. Kept us informed of what was going to happen each day. Tour guides were all good – Ricardo stood out for being so knowledgeable about agricultural activities. Was a very enjoyable tour and would recommend it to anyone.”
- Jim & Sue E. (Iowa)
“Excellent – Larry’s comradery with all the guides makes for a very informative and fun trip. He really tries to make everything right and everyone happy! The tour guides were knowledgeable, informative and helpful. Wonderful time – great weather, people and sights!”
- Tom & Peg K. (Wisconsin)