The pre-Congress excursions offer guests an opportunity to explore attractions located less than three hours away from Rio by car. On the menu: The world-wide famous beaches of Búzios, Angra dos Reis and Paraty, the latter a World Heritage town of colonial times. Another interesting tour includes a visit to Petrópolis and its museums. Nested in the mountains, Petrópolis hosted the Imperial summer residence in the nineteenth century. Post-Congress tours in turn explore the country from north to south, unveiling its contrasts and beauties. In the north, you will be able to see the biodiverstiy of the world's biggest rain forest, the Amazon jungle. In the north-east, you will be enthralled by the magic of exotic Salvador, a coastal city with a fascinating culture. Still in this region, Recife / Porto de Galinhas beckon with their beaches, vegetation and long sunny days. In the west-central region the Mato Grosso marshlands is a haven for the Earth's most extensive wild life variety. In the south-east, Ouro Preto, the world's largest eighteenth century colonial architecture complex, displays the unique art of the Brazilian baroque. In the extreme south, in the border with Paraguay and Argentina, Foz do Iguaçu attracts visitors from around the world eager to gasp at the spectacle of the magnificent Iguazu Falls.
The tours for accompanying persons offer the best of Rio de Janeiro: visits to the Corcovado and the Sugar Loaf, a tour of Tijuca Forest, a helicopter ride showing Guanabara bay in all its beauty. Another option is a tour of Historical Rio, where you will go back in time to get to know the monuments of colonial times.
Social events, a time to relax and network:
The social events programme will highlight the importance of Brazil in the global scenario: cultural and geographic diversity, a market displaying great potential and growing technological development, in sum, Brazil as a cradle of great wealth and natural beauty. The first event, of course, is the Congress' opening night, which will stage dance, music and art focusing on Brazil's cultural breadth.
Then there is the Brazilian Night, with great surprises in store for guests. Different theme rooms will exhibit the country's splendor by developing on its natural beauty, its importance in the world, its architecture, handcrafts, cultural influence and cuisine. Do not miss these attractions plus the many other surprises that await you.
The Maracanã Night has the world's largest and most famous football stadium for setting. If Brazil wins the World Cup, the night's main attraction will be a game between Brazil and a composite of players from other national teams; if it doesn't win the Cup, then the game will be played out between the Brazilian national team and the Cup winner.
The closing ceremony in turn will feature a video showing the Congress' best moments, a review of the 17th WPC as a whole, the presentation of a video that pays homage to South Africa, the 18th WPC host country and the ceremony where the baton will be handed to the new WPC board of directors.
Rio de Janeiro, May 7, 2002.
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