The rest of the Conference’s activities will take place at the Federal University of Rio the Janeiro – UFRJ – http://www.ufrj.br/ –Av. Athos da Silveira Ramos, 149, Centro de Tecnologia, Bloco C, Cidade Universitária, Ilha do Fundão – see map.
There will be shuttles linking the main hotel (to be announced soon) to the Conference’s venues.
The City of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, also known as Cidade Maravilhosa (Wonderful City), was recently named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Despite the city is among the largest urban areas on the planet, it is well known worldwide for its landscapes of exceptional scenic beauty. Its unique geographical location gathers tropical beaches, dramatic mountain ranges, luxuriant rain forest, rivers and waterfalls – all within the urban area.
The area today occupied by the city of Rio de Janeiro was inhabited by different native ethnic groups, including Tamoios, Tupinambás e Maracajás. The city of Rio de Janeiro was officially founded by Portuguese colonisers in March 1 st 1565. In 1808, with the arrival of the Portuguese royal family, who fled from Napoleon’s troops, Rio becomes the seat of the Portuguese government. With independence in 1822, Rio becomes the capital of Brazil, position occupied until 1960, with the foundation to the current capital – Brasilia.
The beaches of Rio de Janeiro – being Copacabana, Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca the most famous ones – extend along an over 30 km long coastline, on south and west sides of the city. Tijuca Forest – a protect area since nineteenth century, and a National Park (see www.parquedatijuca.com.br) since 1961 – keeps valuable remnants of their original ecosystems, native flora and fauna. Lying inside the urban area of Rio de Janeiro, Tijuca National Park is regarded as the largest urban forest in the planet. Other not-to- miss touristic spots are: Corcovado Mountain with Christ the Redeemer Statue (www.corcovado.com.br); Sugar Loaf and its cable car (www.bondinho.com.br); the Botanical Garden (www.jbrj.gov.br) with a remarkable collection including rain forest native and rare species; São Cristóvão Market (www.feiradesaocristovao.org.br), an open market with typical food, art craft and music from the northeastern region of Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro offers a wide hotel network, with accommodation options suitable for all budgets. The city has also a rich range of restaurants of different trends, from traditional Brazilian food to international contemporary cuisine. Lapa district, in the central area of the city, is probably the most vivid nightlife spot, with several restaurants, bars, and places for live music, especially samba and typical Brazilian rhythms.
Rio de Janeiro has a population of around 6 million, and is currently the most visited city in Latin America. It receives 4.5 million tourists each year.
For further information, visit: http://www.rio.rj.gov.br/web/riotur/.
Citizens from most of Latin American and European countries do not need to apply to visas to short-term visits to Brazil. Visas are required for US citizens, as well as citizens from some African and Asian countries.
Vaccinations may also be required.
For further information, please consult Brazilian consulates in your country of origin, and see: