Cidade Maravilhosa awaits you
Located in the Southeast region of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the Brazilian tourism capital. Also known as Cidade Maravilhosa (Wonderful City), Rio was recently named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
There is no shortage of attractions to understand why the city of Rio de Janeiro is truly wonderful. It has a privileged geography – the beaches, mountains and lagoons combine and coexist, in a stunning landscape that invites contemplation and exploration.
The joy of the Carioca (a person born in or who has adopted Rio de Janeiro as a city to live) is contagious, whether walking along the beachs, playing volleyball or footvolley on the sands, kitesurfing, hang gliding, or kicking back at a sidewalk table outside a bar.
Rio is the birthplace of Samba and Bossa Nova and today offers a rich blend of rhythms with various influences. Besides a variety of cultural attractions, a spectacular local gastronomy, and a new port zone, Rio’s joy is not hard to understand.
Come and enjoy Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer, elected Eighth Wonder of the World), Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf), Jardim Botânico (Botanic Garden), and a coastline with miles of white fine sand beaches, including the famous Copacabana and Ipanema. A renewed port zone in the Cyty Side area include new attractions such as the Museum of Tomorrow and the AquaRio Aquarium.
More information can be found at: http://visit.rio/en/welcome/
Transportation (under preparation)
Rio is served by two main airports: GIG (Galeão International Airport) e SDU (Santos Dumont National Airport). The latter is mostly used for domestic flights. Attendants arriving in Rio in international flights are going to get here through GIG. The airports are well served by taxi and ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and 99. Pay attention to the specific areas for boarding on Ubers. Such area is located in front of gates A and B at the second floor of the Galeão Airport. Travelers should wait the UBER vehicle in the island within the two roads serving such area (figure below, click to enlarge).
If you are willing to take a shuttle from the airport to the city (more specifically, to Copacabana, Leblon or Ipanema), the station is located at Terminal I, Gate F, second floor. The fare is R$ 18.85 (order of US$ 5.00), but the timetable changes constantly and sometimes it might not fit your schedule.
Accomodation (under preparation)
The Organizing Committee advises attendants to book accomodations that are located at the South Zone, taking into consideration the distance to the conference venue, the coverage area of the metro system and the proximity to Rio’s attractions. The following map shows the lines and Metro Stations in Rio (click to enlarge).
Districts like Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana and Botafogo are the most recommended neighborhoods.
Nationals of some countries will need a travel-visa to enter Brazil. Foreign delegates should contact the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in their home country as soon as possible to confirm their travel-visa requirements. You can check the requirements for your country here.
For further information, including links to visa regulations and a list of Consulates provided by the ministry of international relations (Itamaraty) in Brazil, please click here.
If you need a letter to be sent to an Embassy, please request by email email@example.com.
Citizens from Mercosur member countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) are not required to present a travel-visa, only their passport or a valid identification document.
Visa-free entry to Brazil is also now available to citizens of the United States of America, Canada, Australia and Japan.
Citizens from the European Union and many other countries are also not required to issue a travel-visa, they are only required to present a passport.
General information: Rio de Janeiro city has a population of around 7 million people, while its metropolitan area (known as Great Rio) counts with 13 million inhabitants. It is located in Southeastern Brazil and is the most visited city in Latin America, receiving 4.5 million tourists each year.
Language: Portuguese. English and Spanish are usually understood in all places.
Climate: As a tropical city, winter occurs in Rio from June to August. Temperatures can drop to 70 ºF (20 ºC) and the wind and rain can really bring a chill to the air. The locals call this period as ‘veranico’, meaning mini-summer. Visitors should plan on bringing a light jacket for evenings, yet remembering your bathing suit for the sunny days.
Electricity/Voltage: Voltage in Brazil varies. The electric current in Rio is 110 or 120 volts, 60 Hz, in most places. Brazil uses C and N plug types. Many hotels and large apartment blocks, however, do offer 220 volts outlets.
Currency: The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (BRL). Cash, especially U.S. dollars, can be exchanged in almost every bank, currency exchange houses and hotels. See this useful currency conversion tool.
Banks: Banks are open from Monday through Friday between 10:00 and 16:00. They are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Time zone: The time zone in Rio is the Brasília Reference Time (BRT), which is 3 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-3).
Security: Rio de Janeiro city is as safe as any other big city around the world. This is particularly true in its South Zone, where the event will take place.
- Ambulance: 192
- Fire Department: 193
- Military Police: 190
- Civil Police: 197