Sao Paulo, a metropolis with more than 15 million people, is the business and cultural heart of Brazil. It is a very diverse city with large concentrations of immigrants from Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Germany and many other countries. Sao Paulo offers many attractions ranging from historic monuments, museums, music festivals, shopping and a very dynamic nightlife with a wide range of nightclubs, bars and restaurants, arguably second to none in the world.
Within easy reach from Sao Paulo, the visitor will find a coastline filled with beautiful beaches as well as ecological parks. Rio de Janeiro can be reached in less than an hour through regular shuttle flights. Iguaçu Falls is also about an hour flight from Sao Paulo.
Click here to visit the oficial site of Sao Paulo.
São Paulo City Guide
Stay Another day Guide
Experience it all Guide
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.
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 subway (metro). It is possible to buy a ‘pay as you go’ public transport card (Bilhete Único, for Metro/Bus) on most subway stations.
Taxis and other ride share services, such as Uber and Lyft, are also a convenient, affordable and easy way to travel through the city.
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).
São Paulo Formula 1 Grand Prix & International Motor Show
During the weekend following the event, the city of São Paulo hosts the Brazil Formula 1 Grand Prix and the São Paulo International Motor Show.
more information is available at:
Formula 1 Grand Prix:
São Paulo International Motor Show:
PASSPORT AND VISA
Visas are granted by the Brazilian consulates abroad. Visa is not required for citizens from Mercosur countries, just a valid passport or identity.
To find out if you need a visa to travel to Brazil, click here.
Information on how to apply for a visa here.
Registered users can download the visa invitation letter here.
1. Each traveler must complete their own Visa Application Form, including children under 18.
2. Payment of a fee, which varies according to the type of visa and length of stay.
3. Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of the visa application.
4. Recent 3x4cm or 5x7cm photo on white background.
5. Children under 18 unaccompanied by parents or guardians must bear an authorization form signed by both parents.
An invitation letter from the conference organization will be available for the registered users.
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE
The currency of Brazil is the Real (R$).
Dollars and travelers checks can be exchanged at banks, travel agencies and authorized hotels. The exchange rate is published daily in newspapers and on specialized websites.
Yellow fever is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes and it is recommended to get vaccinated against it at least 10 days before traveling to certain places. Brazil requires an international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever for tourists from some countries: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Venezuela and Zaire. It is important to remember that almost the entire Brazilian coast is considered disease-free. This area goes from Rio Grande do Sul to Piauí, with the exception of northern Espírito Santo and southern Bahia.
VOLTAGE AND STANDARD ELECTRICAL OUTLET
Voltage in Brazil varies between 110V and 220V 60Hz, depending on the region.
Check out the voltage distribution list in Brazil:
110V: Bahia, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
220V: Acre, Alagoas, Amapá, Amazonas, Ceará, Distrito Federal, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondônia, Roraima, Santa Catarina, Sergipe, Tocantins.
Plug adapters do not change the voltage but merely enable connecting the device.
Fire Department 193
Civil Defense 199
Military Police 190
First Aid 192
The international dialing code for Brazil is +55.
The code city for São Paulo is 11.
For long distance calls in the country dial 0 + operator code + city code + destination number.
For collect calls dial 90 instead of 0.
For international calls originating in Brazil dial 00 + operator code + country code + destination number.
900, 0800, 0900, 0300, 800 numbers do not require dialing the operator code.
The cost of calls varies according to the operator chosen.
LANGUAGE AND CLIMATE
The national language is Portuguese, but the accent and intonation are slightly different from what one hears in Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries. In some places in Brazil, especially cities in the South, there are also many Brazilian descendants of immigrants who speak German and Italian.
Brazil has climates for all tastes, thanks to its large territory combined with factors such as altitude, pressure and proximity to the ocean. The average annual temperature is 28ºC in the North and 20ºC in the South. Brazilian winter is from May to September, and in some cities in the South and Southeast temperatures fall below 0º C, with frost and snow. In the summer, in turn, you can enjoy a hot 40°C in Rio de Janeiro, for example. Summer in Brazil is the best time to go to the beach, drink coconut water, plunge into the sea and get a tan. However, regardless of the season it's always advisable to pack a coat and trousers, because the weather can change suddenly in some localities, especially in mountain and coastal regions.