São Paulo, Brazil / October 5-8
Hotel Tivoli

Accommodations & Travel

Lobby, Hotel Tivoli Sao Paulo

Hotel Tivoli São Paulo

Alameda Santos, 1437
São Paulo, Brasil
Tel: (55) 11 3146 5900
Fax: (55) 11 3146 5901

Tivoli São Paulo will be the home base for EPIC2015 and the location of most conference sessions and events. A limited number of rooms are available during the nights of Oct 5–8 at special conference rates:

Single: R$750 (approx US$248) + tax 5%
Double: R$800 (approx US$265) + tax 5%

Please make your reservations soon! Visit the hotel website to reserve online. In Optional Fields (Code) select IATA and enter EPICSP2015. Cancellations may be made at least 15 days prior to arrival.

Getting There

Visa

Brazil requires a Visa for citizens of many countries, including USA and Canada, and a Business Visa is recommended for conference attendees. Please check with the embassy or consulate in  your home country for specific requirements. Your employer should be able to provide a referral letter if you need it, otherwise contact us at info@epicpeople.org. Many attendees find that a visa expediting service such as ItsEasy can clarify processes and rules.

Transportation

The convenient airport for most international travelers and airlines is São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU), about 30 km north of the city. The Airport Bus Service services central São Paulo and most of the Avenida Paulista. Only some taxis are licensed to operate at the airport and you can prepay inside the airport with a credit card. In the city, apps are the way to go for taxis; try 99Taxis or EasyTaxi.

Other Useful Info
  • Currency: Brazilian Real (US$ not accepted)
  • Electricity: 110v
  • Timezone: GMT-3
  • Emergencies: call 190

Safe Travels

If EPIC2015 will be your first trip to Brazil and you are just learning about it, you’re probably wondering what to expect and what to make of some stories you’ve been hearing in the news (yes, there is water in the taps!).

São Paulo is the most populous city in the western hemisphere and a world-class tourist destination. The Brazilian economy has been stable for the past 20 years, with major growth in the past 10 years. It is currently experiencing a small stagnation, but as we all know, that’s how things go in a major globalized economy. Brazil is one of the largest democracies in the world and even has a 100% electronic voting process. So São Paulo city is a wealthy city.

But like so many major cities, wealth isn’t well distributed and São Paulo has its share of complex social challenges. Some of visitors may be worried about safety. But the bottom line is this:

The most important thing you can do is take the same precautions you would take in New York City, London, Tokyo, or any other big city you have visited or lived in.

These general safety tips, based on advice from the São Paulo Tourist Assistance Department (DEATUR), are appropriate for enjoying any major city:

  • Before you set out exploring, research your destination online or by asking trusted sources, such as the hotel concierge or a tourist office.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night.
  • Carry bags and items in front of you and keep your wallet in your front pocket. Carry cameras, phones, and other valuables discreetly and leave expensive watches and jewelry at home.
  • Don’t walk around with more cash than necessary, and carry local currency.
  • Carry a photocopy of your Brazilian visa and front page of your passport with you; leave the originals in your hotel’s safety box.
  • Do not provide personal information to any stranger.
  • If you use an ATM, make sure no one can see your password when you enter it.
  • In case of any problem, get assistance from a properly identified professional.

Getting around the city:

  • Licensed taxis are the safest way to get around the city and they are clearly marked. Locals use handy apps like 99Taxis or EasyTaxi.
  • Avoid handling cash in a vehicle stopped in traffic.
  • We tend to be jetlagged and distracted in airports, making us vulnerable to theft. Stay attentive and watch over your belongings all times. Someone who approaches you to ask questions may be trying to distract you; watch your luggage while you talk.

At the hotel:

  • Be aware of your luggage during check in and check out.
  • Leave your belongings in your room, and valuables in the safe box, during meals and other activities in the hotel.
  • Do not leave your wallet, mobile phone, or other belongings behind on restaurant or lobby tables or in conference rooms, even momentarily. During breaks in the EPIC program or group breakouts during sessions, keep tablets, notebooks, cellphones, and other possessions with you at all times.
  • Do not bring strangers to the hotel. If you receive visitors in the room where you are staying, it is essential to fill in the hotel’s visitor form.
Health

There have been no major health issues or disease outbreaks in Brazil in recent years and Brazil requires no specific vaccination for entry into the country.

If you are traveling to the Brazilian rainforest or other rural areas before or after the conference (São Paulo is far from the rainforest!), check with the World Health Organization or another trusted source (and your doctor) to determine whether vaccinations are recommended. Brazil is a massive country and there is great regional variation. Within São Paulo, some cases of Dengue Fever have emerged as people started to store water because they feared the possibility of water shortages. If you are concerned you may want to use insect repellant, though locals generally do not.

The only common health concern for visitors is good old “traveler’s diarrhea”, which you can prevent by avoiding raw meat and fish, unbottled beverages, and tap water (including ice) unless it has been boiled, filtered, or chemically disinfected. Keep in mind that is not common for restaurants to offer free tap water; most serve mineral water (and charge for that, of course). Choose reputable restaurants; there are many great ones.

A high level of medical care is available in São Paulo. Prescription and over-the-counter medicines are widely available. Emergency services are responsive; in São Paulo, dial 190 for police, 192 for ambulance, and 193 for fire. The São Paulo Tourist Police (Delegacia de Protecao ao Turista) numbers are 11-3120-4447 and 3151-4167.

The U.S. Embassy in Brazil maintains a list of doctors and hospitals in São Paulo commonly used by expatriates.