Travel & Accommodation

RENAISSANCE HOTEL // Américas room

Alameda Santos, 2233 – Cerqueira César, São Paulo – SP, 01419-002

Booking your Room

ABRAMUS has already booked several rooms in order to guarantee vacancies and special prices to all participants.
Special prices are around 50% less than the regular ones for the Deluxe Single / Double rooms between May 13th to May 17th, 2019 (Aprox. EUR 160 p/day).
The deadline to benefit from that special condition is valid up to April 18th, 2019. Should you have a specific arrival and/or departure date, please contact us at reservas.brasil@marriott.com and scaprga@abramus.org.br.

To proceed with your room reservation, go to: Book your group rate for ABRAMUS or access the link below.

Contact us:
Should you need any support please contact us at reservas.brasil@marriott.com; scaprga@abramus.org.br, or by phone +5511 3069-2807.
Looking for more room categories? Please see it here Rooms’ Options.

Travel Agency
We know that some people might want to visit other places in Brazil or South America. Should you need support to organise your trip, we recommend you Mello Faro travel agency to assist you. Please contact them by e-mail at eventos@mellofaro.com.br or phone: +5511 3155.4040 / +5511 94718.4852 (WhatsApp).

Please, see two documents with travel destinations in São Paulo and Brazil. Download them here: São Paulo & Brazil. 

Local Area

Paulista Avenue

One of the most important street in the city, Paulista Avenue is home to several financial institutions and tourist hot-spots. It’s usually busy throughout the day, making it a great place to walk around and get a feel for the local routine whenever you visit. The main spots you’ll pass along the way are: Conjunto Nacional building (where the biggest bookstore in the country is located), Sao Paulo Art Museum (MASP) (with its beautiful exterior), Trianon Park (a cool place to chill out), Prainha da Paulista (featuring a few bars offering good street views), FIESP Cultural Center (home to seasonal exhibitions), Itau Cultural Center (another cultural space for exhibitions) and Casa das Rosas (an iconic mansion with a beautiful garden), Japan House (a modern sample of the Japanese culture) and SESC (119 Paulista Avenue), where you can have a great view of the city.

Airport

Transfer from the Airport to Hotels

São Paulo has two main airports, Guarulhos and Congonhas, however all international flights arrive and depart from Guarulhos airport, which is located 30km northeast of the city-center. Guarulhos Airport is the largest in Brazil and one of the biggest in South America. Unlike airports in Europe and North America, it has a duty-free shop upon arrival before clearing customs, where you can purchase up to USD 500 of goods.

Arriving at São Paulo’s international airport is straightforward. Still, you may have to wait up to an average of half an hour to have your passport stamped by the federal police. Be sure to keep the stamped copy of your entrance/exit form for your return journey. International flights usually land in Terminal 3.

Once you have cleared customs you can change money or traveler’s checks or use an ATM to obtain cash in Reais (BRL). You will find ATM and Currency exchange bureau at Renaissance Hotel as well.

The downtown Congonhas Airport is the base for the São Paulo-Rio shuttle service (45 minute flight), in addition to offering other domestic flights.

Contacts: Guarulhos Airport (GRU) – Tel: +55 (11) 2445.2945 / Congonhas Airport (CGH) – Tel: +55 (11) 5090.9000

Transportation options from the airports to the Congress Venue and Official hotels

Taxi is the easiest way to get you to the hotel since they have special lanes to avoid the traffic jam that can be quite heavy in São Paulo, specially at rush hours. Also, they charge fixed prices, that will be around BRL 200,00 (+- EUR 45,00).

The bus to Paulista Avenue costs around BRL 50 (+- EUR 10) and you can directly pay it to the bus driver. The trip will take around 80 minutes to Paulista Av. and has a final stop at 450 Carlos do Pinhal Street, 1,5 km distance from Renassaince Hotel (2224 Alameda Santos street). It means you will need a taxi and you will find plenty of them in that area.

Nevertheless, taxi or bus, it is a pretty safe journey where you can already get to know a bit of the city.

There is also a train/subway to Paulista av. and City center, however there are many connections and it is less comfortable with luggage.

Recommended Companies:

TAXI GUARUCOOP – GUARULHOS AIRPORT (+ 55 11 2440.7070)
A taxi co-operative that has the monopoly on taxis leaving Guarulhos International Airport. The queue is just outside the exit of the arrival terminal. You can pre-pay for the taxi at a booth in a room left to the exit, by credit card (AMEX, VISA, MASTER CARD). The amount is fixed. Average fare from the International Airport to the congress venue and hotels is EUR 45,00 (up to 3 people). 24hours service.

RADIO TAXI – CONGONHAS AIRPORT (+ 55 11 3146.4000)

A taxi co-operative that works on taxis leaving Congonhas Domestic Airport. The queue is just outside the exit of the arrival terminal. The average fare from the Airport to the congress venue and hotels is EUR 20,00 (up to 3 people). Service from 5am to 11pm.

Getting Around

Transport System in São Paulo

Taxis in São Paulo are always white and they can take special lines and speed up your trip. Credit Cards are often accepted but we recommend you to ask the taxi driver in advance. Several apps can be used to order a taxi in São Paulo and you can pay with cash or credit card. There are also App’s Cars options as Uber, 99 Taxi and Easy Tax that can be downloaded here: Google Play (for Uber, 99 Taxis, and EasyTaxi) or Apple Store (uber, 99taxi, easy taxy)

Bear in mind that only regular taxis are allowed to take special traffic lines (Taxi’s will make your journey faster).

Subway / Metro

Metro ticket in São Paulo costs BRL 4,30 (single fare) and the service works from 4:40am to 12pm (Mon-Fri) and until 1am (Sat). For your information, the main stations can receive more than half million people daily. Along Paulista Avenue there are 4 stations: Paraíso, Brigadeiro, Trianon-Masp, Consolação. 

A nice hint is downloading a map of São Paulo Metro on your smartphone by (map of São Paulo Metro). It can ease your way when out-and-about.

Safety

Safety Tips

São Paulo city, especially where the General Assembly will be held, does not present high crimes rates. Most tourists have a good experience when arriving in Brazil, but, especially in big cities, you must be careful. See below our tips about safety during your trip São Paulo city:

  • During the General Assembly, wear your badge all times. Remove your badge when away from the General Assembly area
  • Whenever you need to open your wallet in public, avoid exposing big cash notes
  • Do not place your wallet or your phone in the back pockets of your pants, especially in places that are very busy and full
  • Do not be careless, even at low risks areas. Be alert if walking out, day and night.
  • Besides the taxis, it is safe to use UBER services at any time of the day and night in São Paulo
  • Lock all valuable items in a safety deposit box in your hotel
  • Carry little cash with you. Credit cards are widely accepted
  • Take maximum care with your laptop: Avoid carrying it in public places; if you need it, try to use common luggage and not the typical “laptop cases”. Keep it with you at all times, don’t place it on the floor or on luggage carts in airports or hotels. Do not leave luggage or laptops unattended.

 Feel free to e-mail us in case of any specific questions and concerns.

Other Tips

Passport & Visa

Citizens from certain countries are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Brazil. Please, check at your nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate which requirements apply specifically to you, or go to link below for all the information regarding VISA to enter Brazil and please be also sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months (Portal Consular).

Vaccination

Check if you will need any vaccination to enter Brazil. For your protection, vaccination is recommended for all travelers 9 months of age and older. Even though, São Paulo capital does not accuse many cases, but cases of Yellow Fever have been confirmed from the southern region of São Paulo state. If you are planning to visit other places in Brazil or Latin America it might be useful search for mandatory or suggested vaccines, mainly Yellow Fever, Typhoid fever and Hepatitis.

Touristic Information

The following link, Visit Brasil, provides useful TIPS FOR THE TOURIST regarding these and other issues.
If you need a Letter of Invitation for a Visa application, send us an e-mail and we will be happy to provide you with the document.

 

Insurance, Currency and Credit Card

Delegates are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental loss of belongings, medical costs, and other risks of international travels. The Brazilian currency is Brazilian Real (BRL). Currently, EUR 1,00 is approximately BRL 4,47. Foreign banknotes can be exchanged at most banks, exchange houses, airport and at Renaissance Hotel. MasterCard and Visa are accepted at most places, but American Express and Diners Club may only be accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in the larger cities.

Time Zone

Brasília Time Zone (BRT) is 3 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

 

Electricity

The standard electricity supply in the City of São Paulo is 110 volts AC. However, outlets for 110 and 220 volts are available at most hotels. Moreover, 220 volts may be the standard in other Brazilian cities. Regarding power plugs and sockets, the standard has been changed to a new three-pin model, despite that fact you can still find the old models. Thus, adaptors may be useful.

 

Climate and Weather

The General Assembly will be held during autumn. Historically the average lowest and highest temperatures have been 20 ºC and 30 ºC. However, the climate in São Paulo can drop quickly, so it’s always useful have a jacket (and an umbrella) with you.

Shopping Hours

It is recommended that you do your shopping at malls. Malls are open from Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00am to 10:00pm. On Sundays, hours are from 2:00pm to 8:00pm.

Gratuity Tips

10% of the total bill is considered a reasonable tip for good service. We recommend that you check the bill thoroughly because many restaurants include the tip (“taxa de serviço”) at the end of the bill and there is no need to double-tip.

Brazilian currency: Brazilian Reais (BRL). It values around.
Time zone: GMT +1 in winter and GMT +2 in summer.
Country & CIty dialling code: +55 11 (55 for Brazil and 11 for São Paulo).
Plug socket: type N. The standard voltage is 127 / 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
Emergency number: 190 (police), 
More travel information : Visit Brasil