Set deep in among the southern edge of the Amazon rainforest, the Xingu Indigenous Park seems isolated from the problems of the world.
But the tribal leaders here were pleased to welcome a British minister who will play a key role in this year’s summit in Copenhagen on climate change.
It seemed a long way from the corridors of Whitehall for Energy and Climate Minister Ed Miliband, but the issues confronting the world’s largest continuous rainforest have a much wider resonance.
In Brazil deforestation is responsible for more than half of carbon emissions, while across the world it is blamed for up to 20% of the gases that are said to be heating the planet.
“The cutting down of the forests is responsible for about a fifth of the world’s carbon emissions,” Mr Miliband told the BBC News website.
“That is more than the whole of the transport sector – cars, aeroplanes, and everything in the world put together.
“So it is absolutely critical that we get an agreement at Copenhagen that involves reducing those rates of deforestation.