“Too much Rio… too little time”

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, on the South Atlantic coast, and one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Rio is famous for its breathtaking landscape, its laid back beach culture and its annual carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches, such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon.
The harbour of Rio de Janeiro is comprised of a unique entry from the ocean that makes it appear to be the mouth of a river. The harbor is surrounded by spectacular geographic features including some of the most famous landmarks such as the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain (704 meters or 2,310 feet), named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Sugarloaf Mountain (395 meters or 1,296 feet) with its cable car, and the hills of Tijuca at 1,021 meters (3,350 feet). Other features include the Sambódromo (Sambadrome), a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue, which is used during Carnival, and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.


February is the hottest month in Rio de Janeiro with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F) and the coldest month is July at 21°C (70°F). The wettest month is December with an average of 169 mm of rain. Average annual temperature of the sea is 23–24 °C (73–75 °F), from 22 °C (72 °F) in the period July–October to 26 °C (79 °F) in February and March.


The voltage in Rio de Janeiro is 110V, 60 Hz but many hotels offer wall sockets in both 110 and 220 voltages. It is easy to find portable voltage transformers in construction shops or in free shop stores at airports. US, UK and some other foreign attendees may require an adapter for the voltage and plug.

Time Zone

Summer time (during symposium): (DST, daylight saving time) BRST Brasilia time, national capital city (UTC-2, coordinated universal time)


Delegates are advised to arrange adequate travel, health and other insurance before they leave their home country.

Passports and Visa

All visitors travelling to Brazil must be in possession of a valid passport. Participants should check with their local travel agent whether they require an entry visa for Brazil. In order to receive a letter of invitation for visa application purposes, please contact the symposium secretariat.

Health Precautions

Authorities in several countries recommend Yellow Fever vaccination if you travel to certain areas in Brazil; most coastal areas (e.g., Rio) are, however, considered, very low risk regions, and using insect repellents should be adequate. If you want to get vaccinated, please remember that there is a 10-day inoculation phase.

We also encourage you to inquire with your local CDC-equivalent on what they specifically recommend for travels to Brazil. You can also check the official WHO recommendation here.

Taxes and tipping

Service and taxes are always included in the price. Tipping is not required, but if you do wish to tip (e.g. in restaurants and bars), 10% is usually adequate.


The easiest way you can reach the symposium venue from Rio de Janeiro International Airport Galeão/Antonio Carlos Jobim (GIG) or Santos Dumont Airport is by taxi (app. 30 km, 40 min, R$ 75-100); we recommend the use of the airport official taxi companies (R$ 150); booths are available at the airport first floor; they accept credit cards (app. exchange rates: 1 US Dollar= 3.21 Brazilian Real; 1 Euro = 3.78 Brazilian Real).

Tourism Information

Caio Trondolli
Phone: +55-11-5078-8682; +55-11-94751-1981


Adapted from: