São Paulo, capital of the Brazilian state with the same name, is Brazil’s largest city and the main financial center in Latin America. It is characterized by the huge confluence of immigrants, throughout its entire history, coming from other parts of Brazil and from abroad, and contributing with their traditions, their music, their food, their work and their lives. This cultural melting pot is reflected in the plurality of artistic, social, and political expressions that occupy the entire city.
The city has an incredible cultural offer from small contemporary art galleries to internationally recognized museums such as the MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo), the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som), the Museu Afro Brasil and the Museu da Imigração.
For more information on what to visit and see during your stay, please visit this website.
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.
For travellers from abroad, São Paulo is easily accessible via Guarulhos Airport (São Paulo International Airport). Internal and regional flights are usually via Congonhas Airport. Please see links below with relevant information on how to get to and from the airport(s).
Guarulhos Airport (Transport directions)
Congonhas Airport (Transport directions)
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 metro. The conference venue is conveniently located near subway line 2 (green) Trianon-Masp station. There are also plenty of bus stops nearby those locations, in case you stay in an area with no access to subway. It is possible to buy a ‘pay as you go’ public transport card (for Metro/Bus) on most subway stations – Bilhete Único.
Taxi and Uber apps are also a convenient, affordable and easy way to travel through the city. For more information regarding São Paulo public transport network visit SP Trans. 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). There’s also apps specialized in public transportation that work well in São Paulo, such as Moovit.
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. Most international cards can be used to withdraw cash in local ATMs (Caixa Eletrônico), which may be found inside bank agencies or in other commercial venues such as shopping malls or convenience stores (the easier way to search for it is through the Banco24horas app).
Health and weather
São Paulo has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate, with temperatures in April (when the conference takes place) ranging from a mean low temperature of about 18 °C (64,4°F) to a mean high temperature of 26°C (78,8 °F). The city is also known fora rapidly changing weather throughout a single day.
To enter Brazil there’s no demand of vaccination proof of any kind, nonetheless there may be vaccine recommendations that change from time to time, according to the region of the country you intend to visit, and your country of origin. We recommend that you consult your doctor on regard to the necessity of vaccination to visit São Paulo.
A great area to stay in São Paulo is the region around the Paulista and Consolação Avenues that are 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, with most of the locations at walking distance to the conference venue and anywhere else in São Paulo through public transport. Some places that you may want to check are these:
Ibis São Paulo Paulista
Avenida Paulista, 2355 – Bela Vista – CEP 01311-300 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
+55 11 35233000 – Fax: +55 11 35233030
Mercure São Paulo Jardins
Alameda Itú 1151 – Jardins – CEP 01421-001 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
+55 11 30897555 – Fax: +55 11 30897550
Mercure São Paulo Alamedas Hotel
Rua Padre João Manuel 202 – Jardins – CEP 01411000 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
+55 11 30691600 – Fax: +55 11 30691590
Hotel WZ Jardins
Avenida Rebouças, 955 – Pinheiros – CEP 05401-100 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
+55 11 3069 0000 – (local collect call) 0800-129422
Ibis Budget São Paulo Paulista
Rua da Consolação, 2303 – Consolação – CEP 01301-100 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
+55 11 31237755 – Fax: +55 11 31237756
On the other hand, another interesting region is the intersection of Faria Lima Av. and Rebouças Av., about 7km from the conference venue. Some places you may check around there are:
Blue Tree Premium Faria Lima
Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 3.989 – Vila Olímpia – CEP 04538-133 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
+55 11 3896-7544
Clarion Faria Lima
Rua Jerônimo da Veiga, 248 – Itaim Bibi – CEP 01451-020 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
+55 11 2197-7550
Radisson Faria Lima
Avenida Cidade Jardim, 625 – CEP 01453-000 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
Hotel Intercity Address Faria Lima
Rua Amauri, 513 – Itaim Bibi – CEP 01448-000 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
+55 11 3165-4111
Some other places you may want to check:
Ibis Budget Sao Paulo Paraíso
Rua Vergueiro, 1571 – Paraíso – CEP 04101000 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
+55 11 50855699 – Fax: +55 11 50855694
Pousada dos Franceses
Rua dos franceses, 100 – Bela Vista – CEP 01329-010 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
WhatsApp: +55 11 96464 6783
+55 11 3288 1592 / +55 11 3567 6212
Mama Brasil Hostel São Paulo
Rua Itapeva, 88 – Bela Vista – CEP 01332-090 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
+ 55 11 2306-2851