How to get to the Conference hotel

The Tom Jobim International Airport (Galeão) is 35 km far from the Conference venue (Windsor Marapendi Hotel).

The trip by taxi ($$), directly from Tom Jobim International Airport to Windsor Marapendi Hotel, takes about 40 min.

Travelling by bus ($) from Terminal 2 at Tom Jobim International Airport to Windsor Marapendi takes about 60 min.You can buy the ticket directly from the bus driver, using Brazilian cash, or at the Real Autoonibus desk located in the arrival lobby at Terminal 2, using Brazilian cash or credit card.

Take the #2918 or #2018 bus at the International Airport and get off at the final stop, Alvorada Station Terminal, and then take a taxi from the Alvorada Terminal to the Windsor Marapendi Hotel (5 min).

Bus Timetable:

  • - From the International Airport to the Alvorada Terminal: every 30 min from 5:30 AM to 11:30 PM
  • - From the Alvorada Terminal to the International Airport: every 30 min from 5:30 AM to 11:00 PM.

Visa Requirements


Passport must be valid for at least 6 (six) months from the date of your departure to Brazil.

Participants are strongly advised to make sure they fulfill all legal requirements to enter in Brazil. Besides a valid passport, an entry visa may also be required. Because of the diplomacy principle of reciprocity, Brazil requires a visa for citizens from countries that require a visa from Brazilian citizens. Please check with your nearest Brazilian Consulate.

The Visa is not required for most European and Latin American countries and Russia, but for the USA, Canada, China, Australia and Japan, among others, a Visa is required. To apply for a visa please contact to the nearest Brazilian Embassy/Consulate ( or and/or

Please, let us know as soon as possible if you need an invitation letter to be included with your visa application – click here​

Invitation Letters


Designed to help participants to meet administrative requirements in certain countries, official letters of invitation for entry visa or other purposes may be supplied upon request (sent by electronic mail in PDF format). Please allow sufficient time for this procedure. Note that such letters do not commit the Organizing Committee to any kind of financial support, hosting arrangement, refund of expenses by the Conference organization, nor does it guarantee an entry visa issuance.

Restaurants nearby the Conference

Hollandaise Brasserie Restaurant
Lúcio Costa Avenue, 5750 - Barra da Tijuca (350m from the venue)  website

Maccherone Barra da Tijuca
Lúcio Costa Avenue, 6250 - Barra da Tijuca (650m from the venue) website

Toca da Traíra Restaurant
Lúcio Costa Avenue, 8000 - Barra da Tijuca (1,8 km from the venue, better to go by taxi or Uber)

Useful links and contacts

Touristic information about Rio de Janeiro ( Hotels, Things to do, Flights and Restaurants)

List of Brazilian Embassies: Click here

For weather consulting: Click here 

For time zone consulting: Click here 

Apply for eVisa (Electronic Visa): Click Here 

Other Important Information


The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (R$). The exchange rate available to visitors is published daily in the newspapers along with the commercial dollar rate of the day used in official international business transactions.  To have an idea of the exchange rates you may visit, e.g., the website Cash and traveller's check can be exchanged at most banks, at exchange houses (in some malls and airports), as well as in the major hotels. All major credit cards are accepted in Brazil, and some shops even accept US$ dollars.


The official language in Brazil is Portuguese, but the official language of the Conference is English.


Electrical appliances in Rio de Janeiro operate on 110 – 120 Volts. The frequency is 60 Hz, and type N socket and plug are the official standard in Brazil (Type N consists of two pins and a grounding pin). Some hotels are equipped with sockets interchangeable between 110 Volts and 220 Volts.


By the time of the symposium the average temperatures are expected to be around 25°C (75°F). A sunny weather is expected, but occasional rains are not unlikely.

Suggestions for your packing list
 In such a tropical and natural environment, sometimes mosquitoes may be an annoyance. Pack your preferred insect repellent lotion. Don’t forget your sunscreen lotion, hat and sunglasses (and a rain coat, just in case). A light jacket or cardigan for the evening is suggested as temperatures may drop slightly.


The recommended arriving airports are Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GALEÃO) or Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport (only domestic flights). A shuttle service from these airports to the venue will be provided for participants (see details in shuttle service). If you arrive at other airports, a connecting flight to one of these airports is recommended.

Distance from International Airport (GALEÃO) to Windsor Marapendi Hotel, Barra da Tijuca, RJ (Venue) - 34,4KM