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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Many attendees find that a visa expediting service such as ItsEasy can clarify processes and rules.
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.
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:
Getting around the city:
At the hotel:
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.