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DIVING INTO THE GUARANI CULTURE

From 25 August to 5 september 2020

This tour begins in the west of the state and proceeds south. It will cross the state of Paraná to the border with one of the main rivers, Iguazu.
In the past, the bank of this river was dominated by the indigenous Kaingang and Guarani. The name of the river is actually of Guarani origin and means “great water”. The river forms on the western edge of the Serra do Mar, and following its course of 1320 km, it crosses the three plateaus of Paraná until it flows into the Paraná River, where the famous Iguazu falls are located, the first point which we will visit.

After feeling the power of the waters, following the example of the ancient indigenous paths, we will meet the Guarani communities to learn about their current lifestyle.

From these communities, we will hear the stories of their struggles and clashes. We will see landscapes that will help us to better understand our world and our relationship with the planet. And, however complex and contradictory they may seem: encounters, transformations, and mutual adaptations.

Owing to the sharing of stories, the coming together of different peoples, and the uncovering of our own motivations – and those of others – bridges will be built. Bridges between different ‘worlds’ that share this planet called Earth.

 60%

Environment and Nature

 70%

HUMAN RIGHTS

 40%

cities and cultures

 80%

history and society

• OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE GUARANI INDIGENOUS CULTURE WITHIN THE CURRENT POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CONTEXT OF SOUTHERN BRAZIL – DESPITE THE CONTESTATION OVER, AND REORDERING OF LAND, THE COMMUNITIES RETAIN THE PRINCIPLES THAT FORM THE ‘NHANDEREKO’ ‘WAY OF LIFE’;
• BE AN ALLY IN THE CONSERVATION OF THE REMAINING ATLANTIC FOREST BIOME IN THE COUNTRY;
• DISCOVER AND LEARN FROM THE GUARANI WAY OF LIFE, ITS PHILOSOPHY, AND ITS COSMOLOGY, IN TIMES SUCH AS THESE DEFINED BY ECOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION – WHEN GLOBAL SOCIETY NEEDS TO COME TOGETHER TO FIND NEW ALTERNATIVE PATHS MORE THAN EVER.
LOCATION Brazil: West and South Center of Paraná
PERIOD FROM 25 AUGUST TO 5 SEPTEMBER 2020 (12 days, 11 nights)
MEETING POINT ON ARRIVAL Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU)
DEPARTURE AIRPORT Curitiba International Airport (CWB)
GROUP SIZE 13 people
BASIC REQUERIMIENTS Good health and physical condition
Over 18 years old
Languages spoken Spanish / English
FOOD/CATERING Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Possibility of specific menu, if dietary requirements are given beforehand)
ACCOMODATIONS In Foz do Iguaçu, Guarapuava and Salto São Francisco: single, double or triple rooms with private bathroom.
In the Guarani community: shared rooms (female/male) with shared bathroom
TRANSPORTATION Private transportation: Van leased all the way; except for free time

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN FOZ DO IGUAçU

Arrivals in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil, Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU). Maximum reference time for arrival 21h. Entrance to Pousada Sua Casa Foz possible from 14h. Free night. Dinner not included.

DAY 2: IGUAZU NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast at the inn. Welcome, presentations, guidelines for the day.
Visit to the Iguazu National Park, including the Diablo Canyon, Falls, Isla San Martin (around 6 hours). During the activity each participant will have snacks and a pocket lunch. Dinner at Bier Garten Restaurant

DAY 3: TEKOA OCOY – IMMERSION GUARANI

Breakfast at the inn. Immersion Guarani (São Miguel do Iguaçu-PR), approximately 1 hour travel. Presentation and Conversation about village history, issues around the lake, current struggle; while participating in the preparation of the food / meal (traditional cuisine)
Explanation of the ritual in which the painting is used and tour/observation of the site, vegetation and traps used to get food in the wild. Dinner at a roadside restaurant

DAY 4: TEKOA OCOY – IMMERSION GUARANI

Breakfast at the inn. Immersion Guarani (Nova Laranjeiras-PR)
Talk about Guarani Culture, Colonization and Agricultural Practices.
Agroforestry tour, a form of agriculture of the youth group that seeks to work less aggressively with the soil between soybean and corn crops. Tekoa tour. Departure to Guarapuava. Dinner will be at a roadside restaurant.

DAY 5: OUTRO OLHAR: VOLUNTARY WORK AND GUARAPUAVA CITY TOUR

Breakfast at Recanto da Paz. Walk to Outro Olhar, get to know the area, and a talk about Working in Communities, Nuances of Culture. Voluntary work in the Itakora space: harvest of stick pepper for essential oil extraction; preparation of areas for/and planting of medicinal plants and gardening. Lunch at Itakora ‘Feijoada ao modo Regional’. Visit of the Araucarias Municipal Park and the Museum of Natural Sciences. City tour Historical Center of Guarapuava. Dinner at Restaurante Ancoradouro.

DAY 6: PEDACINHO DO CÉU – PERMACULTURE AND BIOCONSTRUCTION

Conversation Wheel: Where are we? What we do?
Principles of work, Agroecology and Atlantic Forest Biome
Site Walk | Permacultural installations – Agroforestry – Traditional Yerba Mate Plantation.
Trekking on São Francisco da Esperança Park (basic level).
Dinner at Pedacinho do Céu. Campfire.

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DAY 7: WATERFALL AND RAPPELLING

Breakfast watching the sunrise with view from the third to the second plateaus. Presentation and integration with the local community and walk to the Fiuza Leap for the Rappelling Activity. The descent is light and will have all the support and safety of the Caeté team. Lunch at Rosilda or Pedacinho do Céu. Return to Guarapuava through two sites that are part of the “Caminhos do São Francisco”, a local initiative to promote rural tourism. Rural dinner and overnight at Recanto da Paz in Guarapuava.

DAY 8: Tekoa yakã ita küi’i – guarani experience

Breakfast at Recanto da Paz. Departure for Tekoa Yakã Ita Küi’i. Stop in the community of a land reform settlement hosted by the Wolff family, time for a rural café. In the community, the reception will be at the Culture Center, brief explanation. Lunch at and tractor and Carretinha ride to Vau Grande. Guarani-style dinner at the Culture Center. Chatting at Opy’i: time to interact with the community. Overnight at Tekoa.

DAY 9: Tekoa yakã ita küi’i – guarani experience

Breakfast at the Culture Center. Waterfall and Poço grande ride. Walk to the big well, moment for contemplation. Return by observing and understanding the management with yerba mate. Lunch in Guarani mode. Guarani games for interaction with the community. Intercultural Dinner.

DAY 10: Tekoa yakã ita küi’i – guarapuava

Breakfast at the Culture Center. Voluntary work with the community, cut and prepare Opy’i wall plate.  Lunch in Guarani mode and farewell to the community.
On the way back, stop at the “Goes Artigas House of Culture”. Free dinner in Guarapuava. Overnight at Recanto da Paz.

DAY 11: FINAL EVENT

Breakfast at Recanto da Paz. Time dedicated to reflect on the experiences of the tour and activities to contribute to the dissemination of this form of tourism, reflecting on the importance of learning about the history and life of indigenous communities in the region.
Festive lunch time for conversations. Visit at the University and Folklore activities. Dinner at the Ancoradouro resturant and Change Making tour presentation at Midwestern State University. Overnight at Recanto da Paz.

DAY 12: DEPARTURES

Breakfast at Recanto da Paz. Departures from Curitiba Airport Afonso Pena (CWB).

Any foreigner who is temporarily in the country can have access to and receive health care, at hospitals and clinics in cases of emergency, sudden illness, or chronic disease. For faster attention, it is always useful to have an international medical and accident insurance.
The yellow fever vaccine is not mandatory, but recommended.

HEALTH & SECURITY

PRICE

The tour price includes accommodation, meals, local travel and activities
(flights and insurance are excluded)
1259
1059
Discount for those that book before 1 April 2020

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