In March the time difference is + 2 hours to GMT (due
to daylight saving one hour less than the adequate time zone).
Rio de Janeiro has two major airports:
The international airport Galeão (GIG) is located
25 km from Copacabana where RIO 6 is located. This airport has two
terminals and is served by major airlines, most of them with daily
services: Aerolinas Argentinas, American Airlines, Air France, Alitalia,
British Airways, Continental, LAN Chile, Lufthansa, Iberia, TAM, TAP,
Varig. A taxi ride with a common (yellow) taxi will cost you about
37 R$, with an executive taxi (blue, white or red) 45-50 R$, by executive
bus (every 30 minutes) 3.50 R$. Travel time is about 35 minutes.
Free shuttle service every 2 hours from the airports to Hotel Rio
The national airport Santos Dumont (SDU) is mainly
occupied with flights from and to São Paulo (every 15-20 minutes),
and is located 8 km from the conference location (bus 3 R$, taxi 16
R$, 8 minutes).
A tourist visa for up to 3 months is issued
at the border control (no charge) for most countries (please
check). A passport with a validity of at least 6 months is
The local currency is the Real (R$), divided into 100 centavos.
One Real is currently equivalent to 0.413 Euro or 0.614 US$.
Banking hours are from 10-16 hours, Monday to Friday. Exchange
offices usually offer better exchange rates than banks, rates
are negotiable. Credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Amex) are
accepted in most hotels, restaurants and stores. There are
also about ten ATM in Copacabana serving Visa direct, Cirrus
Take lots of small money notes with you - change might be difficult outside
of the hotel.
GSM works in Brazil, you can either consider
international roaming (often expensive) or purchase a pre-paid
chip (e.g. Oi, TIM, claro) for 35 R$ in shops at small shops
or in the shopping centers (requires 15 min for registration).
The RIO 9 Hotel Othon
Palace has a sufficient quantity of rooms available for a conference rate
of 105 EUR, incl. breakfast. Other hotels are not far from the conference location
at Copacabana and Ipanema (5 km). Prices range from 40 Euro to 200 Euro for
a double room.
March is autumn, outdoor temperatures
are around 25-31 °C during daytime, night temperatures
are 25-30° C. All conference facilities are well air-conditioned.
During the congress and for the banquet
dress code is relatively formal, also for the visits: at
least long trouthers and shoes are required (for men). Brazilian
research institutions don't let men in with shorts or sandals.
In contradiction to the tropical climate and public opinion
Brazilians do not wear Hawaii shirts.
For the city of Rio de Janeiro no vaccination
is required. It is recommended to drink bottled water and
use very good sun protection and a hat. For excursions to
the Amazon region Malaria prevention and yellow fever vaccination
Within the last five years the security
has considerably improved. The conference location is safe.
Nevertheless it is recommended to leave major values in the
hotel safe if you leave the hotel or the congress. Avoid
the beach during night hours.
Voltage in the state of Rio de Janeiro is
115 V AC, 60 Hz.
Plugs are American and/or Central European style.