CIEE Buenos Aires Study Tour - Spring Block II
About the Destination
Puerto Iguazú is a border city in the province of Misiones, Argentina. The Iguazu Falls are 18 kilometers (11 mi) away from the city, is situated in Iguazu National Park, in the north of Misiones province. Puerto Iguazú has developed much of its infrastructure around tourism.
The Iguazu Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This natural monument is in the border between Argentina and Brazil, and it is shared by the two countries. In addition to the great attraction of the Iguazu Falls, the region has a natural nutrition. The geological composition of the soil, with a high content of minerals, favors the development of agricultural industries (wood and yerba mate industry) and the exploitation of precious stone mines. The characteristics of the soil (its spectacular reddish color) offer a richness in Flora and Fauna in the region.
Students visit the Guarani native community and learn about past and present of natives’ communities at the north of Argentina. Students discover the Iguazu falls with the help of a local guide. Students will be able to enter the jungle and learn about the varied vegetation, animals and birds of the region. Students will also be able to make contact with the performance of the Puerto Iguazú City and make contact with its idiosyncrasy, its economy and its Public Policies.
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VISIT GUARANI COMMUNITY “FORTÍN MBORORÉ”
Visit the Guaranitic community; get to know their life style and linguistic richness. The Village Guaraní Fortín Mbororé opens the doors to you to know everything about the Guaraní customs and its community. The village is made up of 140 families and is part of the 74 communities of Misiones. Make a unique excursion, first crossing the stream M’Boca-i, then walking a path in the jungle where you can discover their hunting techniques, the traps used to catch animals and know the use of medicinal plants.
VISIT TO WANDA MINES
The famous Wanda Mines are at a gemstone site containing quartz crystals, amethysts, agates and topazes, to name a few varieties. Located 40 kilometers away from Puerto Iguazú. Resting on the plentiful Paraná River, it lets visitors appreciate this singular attraction in the open air. Referred to as “open pit mine” this is a deposit where the minerals are myths.
VISIT THE IGUAZÚ NATIONAL PARK
The Iguazú National Park is located near Puerto Iguazú. It has an area of 67,620 hectares belonging to the Selva Paranaense ecoregion and was declared World Heritage by Unesco in 1984. In addition, the Iguazu Falls, one of the new wonders of the world, have outstanding universal value, according to Unesco. The Iguazú National Park covers an area of subtropical forest in the province of Misiones, Argentina, on the border with Brazil. Within the park, on the Iguazú River, the famous Iguazu Falls contain several separate waterfalls, including the iconic Garganta del Diablo. The surrounding park has a diverse fauna, including coatis, jaguars and toucans, as well as trails and viewing platforms. Discover the wonders of Iguazú Falls while making the tours of the Lower Circuit, the Ecological Train Tour and the Superior circuit ending at the famous Garganta del Diablo.
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HITO TRES FRONTERAS
There are few places in the world from which the union of three countries are so close. From the Mirador del Hito de las Tres Fronteras you can see the Paraguayan and Brazilian coast. In each of the coasts there is a similar milestone with the colors corresponding to the flag of each country. In the place works a Craftsmen Fair, where you can purchase typical crafts of the province.
The city of Puerto Iguazú has the Av. Costanera Eduardo Arrabal that runs from the Port to the Three Borders Landmark. On the waterfront there is the promenade of the Virgin of Lourdes, viewpoints and resting places. The waterfront is the ideal place to enjoy beautiful views of the Iguazu River and its surroundings.
In the garden there are around 15 species of hummingbirds, with their plumages of different tonalities and their unique flight. It is a delight to observe a hummingbird flapping its wings at full speed, as if stopped in the air, looking for new flowers to drink. A delight that in this Garden can be experienced very closely, given the proximity with which hummingbirds fly around visitors.
Popularly known as “La Feirinha” in Puerto Iguazú, it is a gastronomic fair that has been running for more than 15 years. It has approximately 70 stores and offers typical Argentine products such as wines, cheeses, liqueurs, oils, alfajores, dulce de leche, sausages and many more!
The Feirinha Puerto Iguazú is a traditional meeting place of the city, invites us to relax and enjoy a good bite, with outdoor venues and live music.
WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?
The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.
Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:
ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.
RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.
IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.
EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.
DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.
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