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 symposium, 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 university.
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 September, the average temperature in São Paulo usually ranges from 14°C to 24°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 website. 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).
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 symposium venue (about 10k away) and anywhere else in São Paulo through public transport. Some places that you may want to check are these:
La Residence Paulista
This hotel has granted a 10% discounted rate for SBCM attendees!
To get this discounted rate please arrange your reservation via e-mail with Thais.
Alameda Jaú 1606 – Jardins – 01420–002 – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 4301-5647
Ibis São Paulo Paulista
Avenida Paulista 2355 – Bela Vista – 01311-300 – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 3523-3000 – Fax: +55 11 3523-3030
Mercure São Paulo Jardins
Alameda Itú 1151 – At Rua Augusta – Jardins – 01421-001 – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 3089-7555 – Fax: +55 11 3089-7550
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercure São Paulo Alamedas Hotel
Rua Padre João Manuel 202 – Jardins – 01411-000 – São Paulo - Brasil
+55 11 3069-1600 - Fax: +55 11 3069-1590
Contact : email@example.com
Hotel WZ Jardins
Avenida Rebouças 955 – Jardins – 05401-100 – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 3069-0000 – (local collect call) 0800-129422
Ibis Budget Sao Paulo Paulista
Rua da Consolação 2303 – Consolação – 01301-100 – São Paulo – Brasil
Astron Riema Paulista Classic
Rua Bela Cintra 672– Consolação – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 3376-5700
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 – Brasil
+55 11 3093-7200 or (local collect call) 0800 55 55 98
Blue Tree Premium Faria Lima
Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima 3989 – Vila Olímpia – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 3896-7544
Clarion Faria Lima
Rua Jerônimo da Veiga 248 – Jardim Europa – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 2197-7550
Radisson Blu São Paulo
Av. Cidade Jardim 625 – 01453-000 – São Paulo – Brasil
Golden Tower Hotel
Rua Deputado Lacerda Franco 148 – Pinheiros – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 3094-2211
Hotel Intercity Address Faria Lima
Rua Amauri 513 – Itaim Bibi – São Paulo – Brasil
+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 – Brasil
+55 11 3716-2656
Ibis Budget Sao Paulo Paraíso
Rua Vergueiro 1571 – Paraíso – São Paulo – Brasil
04101000 – São Paulo – SP – Brasil
Rua Guaicuí 72 – Pinheiros – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 2729-7211
Conforto MADÁ hostel
Rua Luís Anhaia 54 – Vila Madalena – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 3031-1393
Hostel Brasil Boutique
Rua Fidalga 479 – Vila Madalena – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 3032-2741
Ô de Casa Hostel
Rua Inácio Pereira da Rocha 385 – Vila Madalena – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 3063-5216
Pousada dos Franceses
Rua dos franceses 100 – 01329-010 – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 3288-1592 / +55 11 3567-6212
Rua Girassol 519 – Vila Madalena – 05433-001 – São Paulo – Brasil
Rua Girassol 471 – Vila Madalena – 05433-001 – São Paulo – Brasil
+55 11 2369-3619