Trip scholar

Professor Stephen Harris, Druce Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria
Stephen brings an abundance of botanical knowledge from his position at Britain's oldest collection of dried plants and his numerous fieldwork trips to Brazil. Stephen will also be accompanied by his wife, Carolyn Proenca, Professor of Botany at the University of Brasilia and Curator of the University's herbarium


  • Join Professor Stephen Harris, a frequent visitor to Brazil, for a full day in Rio de Janeiro’s Botanic Gardens, founded in 1808 and home to 6,500 plant species

  • Discover landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s heritage, from his own gardens to the street mosaic that lines Copacabana beach

  • Take a city tour and enjoy exclusive access to some of Buenos Aires’ most interesting private gardens

  • Head to the mountain retreat of Petropolis, also known as the Imperial City, and visit the museum and gardens designed by Jean Baptiste Binot in 1854 

  • See colourful wildlife and explore the trails in the sub-tropical forest which surrounds the mighty Iguassu Falls

  • Experience local flavours with a visit to a traditional estancia on the pampas and enjoy a typical asado (barbeque)

  • A more detailed itinerary can be found here


24 August - 3 September 2021


£5,340 per person
£890 single supplement

Flexible booking policy- deposits fully refundable up until minimum numbers are reached for this trip

More information

Let Professor Stephen Harris, curator of Britain’s oldest plant collection and frequent visitor to Brazil, introduce you to the country’s spectacular flora and fauna. Spend a day exploring Rio de Janeiro’s spectacular 100 acre Botanic Gardens before visiting some of the city’s more interesting private gardens. Moving on, you will visit the imperial and private gardens of the Petropolis before exploring the jungle trails at the mighty Iguassu Falls, one of the continent’s natural wonders. The tour finishes up in Argentina's capital with a city tour, garden visits and typical asado. It is possible to extend your trip with additional nights in either Brazil or Argentina. 

Further details & bookings

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