Doing Business in Brazil Summer 2011: Florianopolis

Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Florianopolis (also called Floripa) is an island located on the south eastern coast of Brazil. It was an hour flight from Sao Paulo to Floripa. We got there late thursday night and took a shuttle from the airport to Barra Beach Club Hostel. Since we came so late on thursday we were unable to see the beauty that floripa had to offer. However, the hike up to the hostel allowed us to breathe the fresh air and hear the ocean waves that were crashing on the rocks. 


The next morning, after waking up and getting ready I was greeted at the entrance to one of the most amazing views I had ever seen (seen above). A patio with hammocks and chair, were the only things in the way between the hostel and this great view. My first experience of Floripa was going down to the beach in the afternoon and trying some body surfing in the beach with the other UIC students that had came with. 

Floripa 2Floripa

All the UIC Liautaud students that went here had a great time. Spending time on the beach, sand surfing, body surfing, and eating good food were some of the many experiences we had. Overall, Floripa is a must-see for anyone who is planning to visit Brazil. I had a great time there and if ever given the opportunity, I will revisit this beautiful island.
Sand Surfing


Kiran Kripakaran is one of 20 UIC Liautaud MBA students participating in the “Doing Business in Brazil” during the Summer 2011 term.

DOING BUSINESS IN BRAZIL is a two-week course in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, considered one of the top business schools in South America. This English-language course covers Brazilian and South American business issues, the political and social climate, national culture, consumer marketing, and Mercosur.

To learn more about UIC Liautaud’s MBA 591 Study Abroad Opportunities, click here.

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