This website has several interesting and freely available pdf guides. Some of them might be of special interest: a guide to cultural activities that take place this month, a city guide, a list of tourist information places and a map of Paulista Avenue and adjacencies.
Brazil follows a reciprocal visa policy. Please read this document carefully and check if you are from a country where nationals are exempt from applying for a Tourist Visa (for stays up to 90 days). If your country is not on this list, you will be required to apply for a VITUR (Tourist Visa) at the nearest Brazilian Consulate.
The Brazilian currency is the real (R$) — in plural, reais. Although international credit cards are widely accepted in general, it might be convenient to have some cash (in reais) for small expenses. If you are coming directly to the conference, it is strongly recommended that currency is exchanged at the airport, since there might be no other place to do so in the proximities of the hotel.
Health and weather
No special health precautions are needed, unless you intend to travel to Amazonia. If you plan a trip to northern or western Brazil, please check with us regarding recommended vaccinations.
In July, the average temperature in São Paulo usually ranges from 11°C to 25°C.
For travellers from abroad, São Paulo is easily accessible via Guarulhos Airport (São Paulo International Airport). Internal connections and regional flights usually land in Congonhas Airport. Please see links below with relevant information on how to get to and from these airports.
Getting around São Paulo
São Paulo is one of the largest cities in the world. Nonetheless, most of the central part of the city is well served by a modern network of buses, trains and subway (metro). The University of São Paulo (USP) is relatively close (30-minute walk) to the subway line 4 (yellow), Butantã station, from where it may be reached by two connecting bus lines called "Circular 1" (8012) and "Circular 2" (8022). There are also plenty of bus lines that go to USP, in case you stay in an area with no easy access to the subway (please check the venue page). It is possible to buy a ‘pay as you go’ public transport card (Bilhete Único, for Metro/Bus) on most subway stations.
Taxis are also a convenient, affordable and easy way to travel through the city (with mobile apps that speed up the process).
For more information regarding São Paulo public transport network visit sptrans.com.br/. Also, and as an alternative to figure out routes to and from the venues, SPTRANS (São Paulo’s public transport management company) is well connected with most used web mapping services (Google Maps, Bing Maps, etc).
The conference will have a dedicated bus going each morning from Avenida Paulista 2355 (Ibis São Paulo Paulista hotel) to the University of São Paulo, and going back each afternoon after the last session/concert. Participants staying in the region around Paulista and Consolação Avenues are welcome to use this bus to come to the conference.
A great area to stay in São Paulo is the region around the Paulista and Consolação Avenues which is served by subway lines with the same names. There you will find plenty of options all the way from affordable hostels to high-end luxury hotels, and will have museums, bookstores, restaurants, cinemas and shopping malls at walking distance, and also easy access to the conference venue (about 10k away) and anywhere else in São Paulo through public transport. Some places that you may want to check are these:
Ibis São Paulo Paulista (There will be a bus connecting this hotel and the conference venue)
Avenida Paulista 2355 - Bela Vista - 01311300 - São Paulo - Brasil
+55 11 35233000 - Fax: +55 11 35233030
Mercure São Paulo Jardins
Alameda Itú 1151 - At Rua Augusta - Jardins - 01421001 - São Paulo - Brasil
+55 11 30897555 - Fax: +55 11 30897550
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercure São Paulo Alamedas Hotel
Rua Padre João Manuel 202 - Jardins – 01411000 – São Paulo - Brasil
+55 11 30691600 - Fax: +55 11 30691590
Contact : email@example.com
Hotel WZ Jardins
Avenida Rebouças, 955 São Paulo, São Paulo, 05401-100, Brazil
+55 11 3069 0000 - (local collect call) 0800-129422
Ibis Budget Sao Paulo Paulista
Rua da Consolação, 2303 - Consolação - 01301100 – São Paulo – SP - Brasil
On the other hand, if you value being closer to the conference venue, another interesting region is the intersection of Avenues Faria Lima and Rebouças, about 7km from the University of São Paulo. Some places you may check around there are:
Howard Johnson Faria Lima Inn
Rua Tavares Cabral, 61 - Pinheiros - São Paulo - SP
+55 11 3093-7200 or (local collect call) 0800 55 55 98
Hotel Intercity Address Faria Lima
Rua Amauri, 513 - Itaim Bibi - São Paulo
+55 11 3165-4111
Some other places you may want to check:
Go Inn Jaguaré (probably the closest hotel to USP)
Avenida Jaguaré, 1664 - Jaguaré - São Paulo - SP
+55 11 3716-2656
Ibis Budget Sao Paulo Paraíso
Rua Vergueiro, 1571
04101000 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
Pousada dos Franceses
Rua dos franceses, 100 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil - cep: 01329010
+55 11 3288 1592 / +55 11 3567 6212
Rua Girassol, 519 - Sumarezinho, Vila Madalena, São Paulo
05433-001 – SP - Brasil