Rotary Club 2015 São Paulo Convention Dates and Schedule
The Rotary Club Convention will officially take place from Saturday 6th June to Tuesday 9th June 2015. However, Rotary events start on Thursday 4th of June 2015.
Rotary Simposium for Peace – Thursday 4th June and Friday 5th June 2015
Dinner for Rotary Simposium for Peace – Thursday 4th June 2015
Lunch for Rotary Simposium for Peace – Friday 5th June 2015
International Institute – Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June 2015
Lunch for International Institute – Thursday 4th June 2015
Rotaract – Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June 2015
Youth Exchange Managers – Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June 2015
Banquet for Youth Exchange Managers> – Friday 5th June 2015
Lunch with the President – Saturday 6th June 2015
Lunch with the Elected President – Monday 8th June 2015
On the Way to Seul Lunch – Tuesday 9th June 2015
Rotary Carnival Parade – Saturday 6th June 2015, 7:00 PM
Carnival happens in some way in most cities within Brazil, but Rio and São Paulo hold the famous and big parades that fill our eyes with color and our hearts with happiness every year. The Rotary Carnival Parade will take place in Samdadrome, the place where Brazilians enjoy their carnival annually. You can be part of this party.
Ivete Sangalo Concert – Monday 8th June 2015, 8:00 PM
Ivete Sangalo is an icon of Brazilian pop music, particularly the extra lively Axé rhythm from the Northeastern state of Bahia. Ivete Sangalo has been one of the most successful singers in Brazil due to her talent and charisma and specially because she knows how engage and animate an audience. It´s impossible not to move.
Concert with Conductor João Carlos Martins and Samba School Vai-Vai – Sunday 7th June 2015, 8:00 PM
Rotary Restaurant Nights – 6th, 7th, 8th June 2015
Other Destinations in Brazil and South America - Rotary Club 2015 Convention
If you are coming all the way to São Paulo for the Rotary Convention, it may be a good idea to get to visit other destinations within Brazil and South America
South America is a huge and diverse continent where you will find everything you may be interested in, be it nature, wildlife, culture, history, sports, gastronomy or simply sunshine and relaxing beaches.
See below a quick summary of a few destinations to tickle your fancy.
We can design a Brazil and South America Vacation Package to include any of these destinations (and indeed any other) so you will have your ideal travel experience. Tell us what you have in mind and let us organize everything for you.
Rio de Janeiro
More than a postcard, Rio de Janeiro city is a state of mind, always cheerful and upbeat. But it couldn´t be different, with about 30 miles of coast fringed by boardwalks and bike paths taken by people walking, cycling, running or just relaxing.
Besides the beaches, from the famous Copacabana beach to the democratic Barra da Tijuca, pssing by the alternative Ipanema beach, there are still other beautiful places to see like the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the Flamengo Park and the Tijuca Forest, framed by beautiful natural scenery and plenty of space to practice outdoor sports. Not to mention the nightlife, the music, the arts. Rio de Janeiro city is a must.
Misterious and intriguing, the Amazon rainforest is probably just what you imagine, only bigger and more impressive. If you stay at one of the great jungle lodges available, you will experience the mighty forest and river in its fullness and will see how everything lives and breathes in the Amazon region. Local communities live a very natural life, taking advantage of everything nature offers, from medicine to food, amazing fruit and fish. Go pirana fishing, alligator spotting or swim with pink dolphins. All is amazing.
The state capital Manaus is the main departure and arrival point for the forest, but it also has a lot to see, like sumptuous 19th century houses and palaces and the grand Amazon theatre, the local market and the Ponta Negra neighborhood. Not to be missed: the tour to the place where rivers Solimões and Negro meet, with different color waters that do not mix for over 6 kilometers.
The powerful Iguaçu falls display a collection of 275 waterfalls that reach 90 meters. Tourists are enchanted not only by its sight, but also with the different ways to enjoy it.
Within the National Park - declared a World Heritage Site - the options are the viewpoints and walkways. In the vicinity there are boat and helicopter trips, hiking and rafting, always with the falls as a backdrop. Part of the reserve belongs to Argentina and it’s worth crossing the border to discover the charms of the other side - that is where the Devil's Throat is.
The ride is only complete when you visit to the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant, with a guided tour into the turbines. With so much water around, the typical cuisine of the region could only be based on fish. Do not come back without experiencing Pirá de Foz, prepared with golden catfish and surubim.
Fernando de Noronha
Discovered in 1503, the island is still 100% preserved. Until 1982 the place worked sometimes as prison and in the 90s the island was opened to tourism, with many restrictions in order to maintain the site that was turned into a National Marine Park and registered by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage.
With golden sands, turquoise blue mixed with emerald green seas, corals, magnificent marine life, forests and rock formations, Fernando de Noronha is a paradisiacal archipelago just about 550 miles off the coast of Recife.
Accessible by plane or ship, with a permanence tax and the ticket to the Marine Park also, Noronha is not exactly a cheap destination. However, every penny spent on the island is well rewarded by the landscapes and sceneries above and below waterline. Among them are the beaches of Sancho Bay, the Bay of Pigs and the Lion Bay - listed among the most beautiful Ten Brazil - and the hills of the Two Brothers Peak, postcards Noronha.
Only 17 square kilometers, the island is the smallest in Brazil. With the beaches divided into the inner sea and outer sea, it is easy to coordinate the multitude of attractions and activities. Amongst the options are hiking, surfing, boat and buggy trips as well as dolphin watching. If you are into diving, you cannot miss one of the best scuba diving spots in the world; If you are not, just a mask and a snorkel will be enough to enjoy and marvel at the hidden beauty in the natural pools of the Atalaia, where you will see colorful fish, corals, turtles, stingrays and even small sharks. Surfers also love Noronha, particularly from December to March, when perfect waves ranging from two to five feet reach the island beaches.
Only 240 people can stay overnight in the archipelago at one time. These lucky people still watch the animated lectures at the headquarters of IBAMA / and attend the Bar do Cachorro forró party.
Brazil's first capital, Salvador displays the present and the past in perfect harmony. It is divided into Lower and Uper cities. The upper part contains the colorful Pelourinho, the historic district listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. In its streets and alleys there are hundreds of mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries that house museums of the Candomblé, Catholic churches that attract scholars from around the world - in the case of the church of St. Francis, considered the richest baroque work of country.
To get to the lower part of town, you must get, literally, into one of the postcards of Salvador: Lacerda Elevator, which connects the two points. Once at sea, exploring the beaches is critical, with urban Porto da Barra beach being the most famous and busy of all.
Away from the center, Itapuã, Stella Maris and Flamengo are other examples of beaches with clean water and lots of people on weekends. Halfway there, the neighborhood of the Rio Vermelho (Red River) is where bohemians meet as well as fans of the acarajé, a fried bean cake served with dried prawns, one of the many dishes originally brought to Brazil by African slaves.
Recife e Olinda
Sister cities separated by only seven miles, Recife and Olinda were originated in the colonial period and proudly preserve the legacies left by the Portuguese and Dutch – who fought extensively for strategic pieces of land by the sea. They left behind the charms of Olinda, with its hills taken by churches, studios and restaurants as well as the neighborhood of Recife Antigo, now restored, colorful and busy.
Listed as World Cultural Heritage, Olinda is a charming place. With beautiful buildings, lookouts and art galleries, also surprising visitors in unpretentious ways, with amazing sunsets, Masses sung by monks and nuns, maracatu parades on Sunday afternoons.
Recife is also charming, with its rivers, canals and dozens of bridges that connect one neighborhood to another as well as great urban beaches. It holds a pulsating street carnival with traditional giant dolls and lots of music.
The territory of the Pantanal is considered the largest floodplain on the planet, including the southwestern Mato Grosso, west of Mato Grosso do Sul and part of Paraguay and Bolivia.
There are over 650 species of birds (herons, storks, spoonbills, punches, shorebirds), 80 mammals (capybara, deer-in-marsh, giant otters, jaguars, monkeys), 260 kinds of fish (golden, piraputanga, piauçu, bush -grosso) and 50 reptiles (alligator-the-marsh, anaconda), and the great diversity of insects.
Although the Amazon is home to more species of animals, if you want to see wildlife, the Pantanal is the place where sightings are most frequent, due to its low vegetation. Bird watchers go crazy there.