base_mosaico-trSão 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 recognised museums such as the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, or the Museu da Imagem e do Som. Also, the conference will be held at the same time as the São Paulo Art Biennale.


For more information on what to visit and see during your stay, please visit this website.

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.

São Paulo has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate, with temperatures in November (when the conference takes place) ranging from a mean low temperature of about 17 °C (634°F) to a mean high temperature of 26°C (79 °F).  The city is also known for rapidly changing weather.


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.

Getting Here

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)


Tourist Information

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.

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. Both the conference and keynote venues are 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 must subway stations – Bilhete Único.

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 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 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


Conference Accomodation

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 – 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 :

Mercure São Paulo Alamedas Hotel
Rua Padre João Manuel 202 – Jardins – 01411000 – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 30691600 – Fax: +55 11 30691590
Contact :

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,  another interesting region is the intersection of Avenues Faria Lima and Rebouças, about 7km from the conference venue. 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

Blue Tree Premium Faria Lima
Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 3.989 – Vila Olímpia – São Paulo – SP
+55 11 3896-7544

Clarion Faria Lima
Rua Jerônimo da Veiga, 248 – Itaim Bibi – São Paulo – SP
+55 11 2197-7550

Radisson Faria Lima
Av. Cidade Jardim, 625 – 01453-000 – São Paulo

Golden Tower Hotel
Rua Deputado Lacerda Franco, 148 – Pinheiros – São Paulo – SP
+55 11 3094-2211

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

Some Hostels:

Pousada dos Franceses
Rua dos franceses, 100 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil – cep: 01329010
Skype: pousada.franceses
+55 11 3288 1592 / +55 11 3567 6212

Sampa Hostel
Rua Girassol, 519 – Sumarezinho, Vila Madalena, São Paulo
05433-001 – SP – Brasil

Giramondo Hostel
Rua Girassol 471 – Vila Madalena – 05433-001- SP – Brasil
+55 11 2369 3619