Fodor's Expert Review Instituto Butantan

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In 1888 a Brazilian scientist, with the aid of the state government, turned a farmhouse into a center for the production of snake serum. Today the Instituto Butantan has more than 70,000 snakes, spiders, scorpions, and lizards in its five museums. It still extracts venom and processes it into serum that's made available to victims of poisonous bites throughout Latin America.


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Av. Vital Brasil 1500
São Paulo, São Paulo  05503–900, Brazil


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Rate Includes: R$6, Tues.–Sun. 9–4:30, Closed Mon.

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