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Welcome to São Paulo!

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 edition of the LAHC Conference, which will be held in São Paulo, Brazil. On these pages you can find out more information about St. Paul’s (where the main conference and some of the student conference will be hosted), the city, and leisure options in São Paulo and beyond.

The city of São Paulo is lively and culturally rich; we hope that our programme of networking activities for the Friday morning will give you the opportunity to explore some of the hidden gems in the so-called ‘concrete jungle’ in a secure and informative setting. Read more about the city and how to make the most of it in our Leisure Options section.

If you have any other questions not answered on these pages, please feel free to write to conference@stpauls.br

About St. Paul’s School

St. Paul’s School was founded in 1926 and was the first school in South America to receive accreditation from the UK government as a British School Overseas. Fully coeducational, with about 1,000 pupils, aged from 3 to 18, it is a school with history and tradition, but which embraces innovation, contemporary values and technological developments. We offer a British curriculum, including the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and courses up to IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In 2016 we celebrated 90 years of excellent education by opening the Queen Elizabeth II Academic Centre, which houses a learning resources suite, art centre, music recording facilities, and 10 modern science laboratories. To download a Visitor Information pack, please click here

St. Paul's School is located in the Jardim Paulistano, a leafy suburb in a pleasant residential area of the city. Nearby there are excellent shops and restaurants, as well as sports clubs and shopping centres.

Fundação Anglo Brasileira de Educação e Cultura de São Paulo - St. Paul's School
Rua Juaquiá 166 - Jd. Paulistano
01440-903 - São Paulo - SP - Brasil
Phone: (5511) 3087-3399
Fax: (5511) 3087-3398
Website www.stpauls.br E-mail: head@stpauls.br

At the Airport
Guarulhos airport can be busy and chaotic. It is a good idea to try to get off the plane and through to baggage reclaim promptly, as it can sometimes take up to an hour to get through passport control.

Visas/Immigration Slips
Most nationals (including UK, New Zealand, South Africa and most Latin American countries) do not need a visa to visit Brazil for less than 90 days. Three exceptions to this are nationals of the United States of America, Canada and Australia, who must apply for a visa, even for tourism. To check the exact procedure for obtaining the visa visit the page of the Brazilian Consulate in your country of residence.

All nationals should enter Brazil on "Business", which encompasses attendance at conferences, and not as "Tourists". Do NOT state "Work" as your reason for visiting because this refers to paid employment in Brazil and requires a work permit. On the aeroplane you will be asked to complete an entrance card, which you must present at immigration upon arrival at the airport. Please provide the address of the hotel where you are staying on this form. You must have this form ready for presentation with your passport and boarding pass.

Taxis from the airport
When you arrive at the airport, many taxi services will offer you to take you to your hotel and be keen to help you with your bags. The taxi stand Guarucops is reliable and recommended. Their rates are standard, so no bargaining is required. The fare to hotels near the school should be no more than R$140 (approx. US$48). You can also take the Airport shuttle bus, a comfortable air-conditioned service that runs about once an hour, and which serves the bus station and a number of other central locations. A single fare costs roughly R$50 (approx. US$15) and can be bought from the kiosk just outside the main doors of terminal 2. Further information can be found here: http://www.airportbusservice.com.br/en/home . Remember to keep your personal belongings close by at all times, and to ensure that valuables are kept well out of sigh

Currency and Travel Insurance
It is a good idea to bring some Brazilian Reais with you, as changing money in São Paulo can be difficult and expensive, although there are some exchange bureaus in the airport. It is important to avoid having money, watches, mobile devices and other valuable possessions on show in São Paulo, particularly in the airport and surrounding area. Don’t forget to inform your bank and credit card companies that you will be travelling to Brazil.  Credit cards are widely accepted here, and getting cash from an ATM is usually possible, as long as you have notified your bank beforehand.
Private medical services are good in Brazil and it is advisable to take out travel insurance for the trip, especially if you intend extending your stay. Help with locating suitable health care will be available during the conference, and an infirmary with qualified nurses will be available at St. Paul’s School throughout the event.

Registration will take place at St Paul's School between 9:00 and 10:00 am on Thursday, 6th April.

The welcome cocktail will take place on Wednesday 5th April at 7.30 pm at the Camden House gastropub (Rua Manuel Guedes, 243, Itaim, São Paulo, Cep 04536 070), which is a very short (4 minute) walk away from the Jardim Europa Melia hotel. Further details about the venue can be found at http://www.camdenhouse.com.br/, and a map with walking directions from the hotel can be found below:

All lunches and coffee breaks, and the formal dinner on Saturday 8th April, will be provided for those with full access to the main conference at St. Paul’s School. Transport will be provided between St. Paul’s School and the Jardim Europa branch of the Melia hotel chain at the beginning and end of each day. There are some excellent bars and restaurants to choose from near the hotel.

Here are a few of our recommendations:

Restaurant Address Walk from Melia Jardim Europa Type of cuisine Price guide
Nino Cucina R. Jerônimo da Veiga, 30 - Jardim Europa, São Paulo - SP, 04536-000 1 min Italian $$$$
More than R$ 100
Sakugara A1 R. Jerônimo da Veiga, 74 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04536-000 2 mins 1920-style Japanese $$$$
R$ 76 to R$ 125
Duo Cuochi R. Manuel Guedes, 93 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04536-070 3 mins Italian $$$$
R$51 to R$100
Saint Germain R. Manuel Guedes, 93 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04536-070 3 mins French bakery / restaurant with Happy Hour & Pizza $$$$
R$51 to R$100
Cachoeira Tropical R. João Cachoeira, 275 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04535-010 3 mins Natural/Vegan $$$
Around R$50
Banana Café R. Jerônimo da Veiga, 198 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04536-060 3 mins Laid-back contemporary Brazilian bar $$$
R$51 to R$75
Side Rua Tabapuã, 830 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04533-003 5 mins Brazilian / International bar / restaurant $$$
R$51 to R$75
Barbacoa Rua Doutor Renato Paes de Barros, 65 - Itaim Bibi - São Paulo - SP, 04530-000 7 mins Brazilian churrasco $$$$
R$125 +
Sí Señor R. Dr. Renato Paes de Barros, 682 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04530-001 12 mins Tex-mex $$$$
R$51 to R$100

Planning on making the most of the Easter holidays and spending a few extra days exploring Brazil? Here you will find details of the networking activities being offered on the Friday morning, as well as ideas and advice for exploring the city and venturing further afield while you are here. Do write to conference@stpauls.br if you would like any further guidance – we would be happy to help..

Exploring São Paulo
There are a number of great travel guides available full of ideas for things to do while you are in São Paulo.

The official tourism guide created by the city of São Paulo is a great place to start and includes the addresses of all the tourist information centres in the city – click here to download the PDF file. A number of other guides including walking tours and maps can be found on the city’s official tourism website here .

To read about São Paulo from an insider’s perspective, why not read what St. Paul’s pupils have to say about the city? Senior School pupils Julia Nemr, Laura Maksoud and Maria Carolina Almeida have recently had a travel guide on São Paulo published in the COBIS World Magazine, which includes their top pick of places to visit, things to eat, and some of the concrete jungle’s best-kept secrets. Click here to hear what they have to say

Beyond the city
For those of you who will be spending a few extra days in Brazil, there are a number of places not too far away that are worth a visit.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, home to the Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and stunning beaches, is a 50 minute flight or a 6 hour bus ride away. Some of you may be going on to the TBS Rio conference starting on 10th April, so the Sunday afternoon could be well spent seeing the sunset on Copacabana beach, for example. Gol, Azul and Avianca are the main flight operators for this journey, and flights from São Paulo to Rio can be bought most cheaply at www.decolar.com . Travel guides for planning your time in Rio can be found at https://www.riodejaneiro.com/.

Ilhabela

The the 350-sq-km Ilhabela (Beautiful Island) earns its name from its volcanic peaks, beautiful beaches, dense tropical jungle and some 360 waterfalls. Almost 85% of the island has been turned into a park and Unesco-protected biosphere, which shelters a remarkable profusion of plant and animal life, including toucans and capuchin monkeys. Recommended hotels in Ilhabela include http://www.twguaimbe.com and http://www.dpnyilhabela.com.br . The quickest and safest way to get to Ilhabela is via a transfer or hired van which you can book to pick you up from the airport and costs in the region of US$180 return. There are a number of companies that offer this service with online booking and credit card payment such as www.suntransfers.com , and https://foxtransfer.com.br

Foz do Iguaçu

The city of Foz do Iguaçu annually receives more than 1.5 million tourists from around the world. Located in the south of Brazil, in a prime spot on the triple border between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, it is a tourist city that is home to the spectacular Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfalls system in the world. A day is enough to explore the beautiful national park that houses them and tickets cost around US$17(US$13 if you live in a Mercosul country). Foz is a 1h40 minute flight away from São Paulo, and flights cost in the region of US$280, depending on when you book.

Paraty

Paraty is a coastal historic town on the coast of Rio de Janeiro known for its cobbled streets, beautiful beaches, emerald sea and nearby waterfalls. A boat trip around the bay that stops off at hidden beaches and islands is a must. Buses leaving from the Tietê bus station take between 6 and 7 hours to arrive in Paraty.

Minas Gerais

São Paulo is close to the border with neighbouring state Minas Gerais, known for its beautiful scenery, gold and amethyst mines, rich history, welcoming people, excellent cuisine, and natural produce such as coffee and cheese. The best places to visit are historic Ouro Preto, and Mariana with its scenic steam railway although they are a little further away. You can get a 1h15 minute flight to Belo Horizonte from São Paulo and a private transfer to Ouro Preto, which takes around 2 hours and costs around US$160 return.

Electrics
The voltage in most of São Paulo is 110V, and two-pin plugs are generally used. Sometimes you will find three-pin sockets but these can be used with two-pin plugs. Usually sockets allow both round and flat pin plugs to be used; however it is a good idea to travel with a universal adaptor to be sure.

Weather and Dress
São Paulo is famous for being the only city where you can see all four seasons in one day. That said, in April temperatures tend to be high but slightly cooler than December and January, generally ranging between 22°C and 28ºC. However, there is also a strong possibility of rainfall during this period, so it is a good idea to bring an umbrella and/or a light jacket for the slightly cooler evenings.
There is no set dress code for the daily conference sessions, and dress is usually smart-casual, although some delegates do prefer jackets and ties. You may wish to wear more formal dress to the formal dinner on the Saturday evening, if you are attending.

Safety
Despite some bad press in relation to safety in São Paulo, the area surrounding the school is a quiet residential area, and quite safe. However, it is important to take care with personal belongings at all times. In restaurants, keep your bag on your lap and not on the floor or on the backs of chairs. Also avoid walking alone after dark.

Getting Around
The safest way to get around the city is by taxi. The hotel should be able to book taxis for you, or recommend a good taxi company, although a lot of people prefer to use an app which allows you to agree the price before you travel. The 99Taxis app (www.99taxis.com) is the preferred app by local taxi drivers and is far and away more convenient and safer than calling for a taxi or hailing one in the street. All taxis should be metred – if your driver doesn’t turn the metre on, be sure to mention it. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers in Brazil.

You can also reach many places on the excellent Metro, the city's rapidly expanding underground. The metro is cheap, safe and fast and runs from 4.40 am to midnight on most lines. A single ride costs R$3.80. Refillable Bilhete Único cards are worthwhile for discounts when transferring between bus and metro.If you have any other questions not answered on these pages, please feel free to write to conference@stpauls.br.

There is currently an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil. Vaccinations are NOT required but they are recommended.
Follow this link for more information:
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/yellow-fever-brazil

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