Getting to Sao Paulo
São Paulo has two primary airports:
Guarulhos (GRU), domestic and international flights
Congonhas (CGH), domestic flights only
For information on travel to and from Guarulhos (GRU) airport by metro, bus or taxi, visit this page: http://www.aeroportoguarulhos.net/en/guarulhos-airport-directions.
Taxis from GRU to the center of São Paulo averages about 200 R$ (approx. $54USD).
It is possible to book a taxi in advance online from sites such as: http://www.guarucoop.com.br.
Note that many taxi drivers may only speak Portuguese.
Uber from GRU to the center of São Paulo averages about 80 R$.
An executive bus service is also available, connecting both airports with locations in the city center, about 53 R$. Advise the driver that you must gett off in Hotel Renaissance stop.
Follow the lines and schedules: http://www.airportbusservice.com.br/en/linhas
A map of the Sao Paulo metro transport system can be seen here: http://www.metro.sp.gov.br/pdf/mapa-da-rede-metro.pdf. For those using the metro, the nearest stop to the Renaissance Hotel venue is the Consolação station.
99 Taxis is a popular app for local taxis.
Brazil adopts a policy of reciprocity regarding visas. This means that nationals of countries that require visas for Brazilian citizens will need a visa to travel to Brazil.
To find out if you need a visa, go to http://www.portalconsular.itamaraty.gov.br/vistos-para-viajar-ao-brasil.
If you need a special/specific invitation letter for your VISA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although Brazil does not requires vaccination prior to your visit, your home country may request the immunization certificate. Please verify requirements with your country’s local government.
The center of Sao Paulo, where the meeting is located, is not an endemic region for yellow fever.
Local currency is Brazilian Real - R$ (plural is "Reais").
Credit cards are widely accepted in Sao Paulo, including in most taxis.
Voltage and Plugs
The standard voltage in Brazil is 127 V with a standard frequency of 60 Hz.
The type of plug used in Brazil is a 3-pin type N, which could also accommodate a 2-pin type C plug as well.
It is recommended to bring a universal plug adapter.
Time zone is BRT (UTC-3h)
190 or 911 can be used for emergencies