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GATE Past Trips: Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay

Brazil is the largest country in South America covering more than 3.2 million square miles, slightly smaller than the United States. With a population of more than 190 million, Brazil has the largest population in Latin America and ranks fifth in the world. The majority of people live in the south-central area, which includes the cities of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte. The official language of Brazil is Portuguese.

Argentina is the second-largest country in South America and eighth-largest in the world with a population of more than 41 million. The official language of Argentina is Spanish. Argentina has claimed sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, which sits just off their coast line, although it is considered a British Overseas Territory.

Uruguay is a small country in the Southeastern part of South America situated between Brazil and Argentina. Uruguay has 3.3 million inhabitants making it the second-smallest country in South America. Uruguay has a town called Colonia del Sacramento, which is one of the oldest European settlements in the country.

Here are just a few of the sites that the students explored while in Brazil and Argentina:

• Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain
• Sugarloaf Mountain
• Rio Scenarium
• Tigre Delta
• Colonia del Sacramento
• Colon Theater
• Live Tango music by El Afronte
• Live performance by Fuerza Bruta

GATE students who began coursework in the fall of 2012 traveled to Brazil and Argentina for an extraordinary five-week study abroad experience the summer after their sophomore year in 2014. GATE students completed history and speech communication courses taught by UT Tyler faculty in Argentina. The students also had many great opportunities to explore the culture and beauty that Brazil and Argentina have to offer.

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