Florianópolis and Conference Venue

The workshop will take place at Jurerê Beach Village, a hotel located in Jurerê Beach, in the northern coast of the Santa Catarina Island.

Florianópolis, or Floripa as it is called by the Brazilians, is the state capital of Santa Catarina and one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America. It is located on an island connected to the mainland by two bridges. This island is a delicious slice of paradise with over 520 Km2 (200 sq mi) of green hills, lagoons and 42 beaches.
The beaches of the north part of the island have calm waters and modern tourist facilities. Jurerê, Canasvieiras and Ingleses are the most sought after by tourists. The beaches of Joaquina, Mole and Barra da Lagoa on the east side of the island are the meeting point for young people who practice radical sports. Conceição Lagoon, surrounded by sand dunes and seafood restaurants are a great location for enjoying fresh air and good food.
The south part of the island displays the characteristics and the culture of the Azoreans who settled the region 250 years ago. Beaches such as Campeche and Pântano do Sul are attractive for their peacefulness, colorful boats and fishing nets. Villages immersed in tradition and history, such as Armação and Ribeirão da Ilha resist the advances of modernity.
The city center, located in the west side of the island, is the major commerce and services center of the state, provinding all the facilities that modern life may require. In this area you can find business hotels, a modern convention center, shopping centers, restaurants and nightclubs.
The weather in the region is subtropical, with four well-defined seasons during the year. The symposium will take place during the spring, when the temperature should be between 20 and 30oC (68 to 86F).

Today Florianópolis is a busy commercial center. Industries produce metallurgical and electrical communications equipment, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and perfume.

Distances from Florianópolis (in Km)

Rio de Janeiro 1144, São Paulo 705, Porto Alegre 476, Brasília 1673, Buenos Aires (Argentina) 1540.

Arriving in Florianópolis

The main Brazilian international airports connecting to Florianópolis are Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre. The last two are the most convenient for foreign participants who intend to continue their flight to Florianópolis.


A Taxi ride from the airport to the city center costs about R$ 45 (US$15), and a ride to the beaches in the north of the island will cost around R$75 (US$25). A good option is to book a transfer from the Airport to your hotel.


The period of the Conference falls at the beginning of a subtropical Spring with temperatures ranging from a minimum of 12-15oC at night to 20-30oC in the daytime . Summer clothing and light warm clothing are recommended. Bring your swimwear and sunscreen.


The Brazilian currency is the Real (R$). The currently mean exchange rate is about 1 US$ per R$2,90
(check here). Major credit cards are accepted for payment in nearly all hotels, restaurants and shops. Most of the currencies can be exchanged by Reais at "casas de câmbio" (money exchange). You can also withdraw local currency from ATMs at the airport and several other locations.


The electricity current in Florianópolis is 220V, 60Hz.


Brazil adopts a policy based on reciprocity. As a consequence, nationals of the following countries do not need a Visa to travel to Brazil:

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, The Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sovereign Order of Malta, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, Uruguay, The Vatican and Venezuela.

Nationals of other countries must obtain a Tourist Visa. Passports must be valid for at least six months. The first entry into Brazil must be made within 90 days from the date the visa is issued. Please contact the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence (US, Canada, Japan, and other countries).


Vaccination is not necessary unless you live or have visited a country affected by yellow fever. Vaccination against yellow fever is also recommended for travelers intending to visit the Amazon Rain Forest (4.000 Km from Florianópolis).

Some links about Floripa!

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