Location and Travel Information

VENUE

Itamambuca Eco Resort
Rio-Santos Highway , Km 36
Itamambuca's Beach
Phone: +55 12 3834-3000

Besides rooms and bungalows, the hotel has camping services and cabins. For more local lodging information and reservations, access: http://www.itamambuca.com.br/. For informations about special rates, please contact the hotel at info@itamambuca.com.br. The hotel usually asks for a deposit of 50% for the reservation. But, for the participants of the event, they can wait until August 31, considering the delays that the grants may have.

Hotel reservations: Please make your own reservation at the Itamambuca Eco Resort-Hotel, asking for the special rates arranged for the participants in this event (see table below).

 Accommodation  Luxury  Bungalow  Master
 Single  278  308  338
 Double  388  418  458
 Triple  ***  579  619
 quadruple  ***  740  ***

These rates are in Reais (Brazilian currency), which is approximately 0.5 of US dollar), and include all the meals.

Based on arrival and departure dates of the participants, the organizers plan to arrange transportation from and to Sao Paulo airport. Participants will provide this information via their registration forms (please see Pre-Registration).


UBATUBA

The city of Ubatuba (that in the tupi-guarani native language means “Place with many canoes”) is located on the North Coast of the State of São Paulo (234 km of distance from the capital). It has nearly 712 km² (with more than 80% of the territory located on the Serra do Mar State Park). It’s one of the state’s 15 municipal districts considered as seaside resorts.

Ubatuba brings many episodes, marks and historical registers related to the history of Brasil itself. The indian natives of the Tupinambá (“excellent conoemen”) Community  had many villages, one of them being the Iperoig Village, located on the Ubatuba region on the time of the portuguese arrival. Details of the history can be found in the site Litoral Virtual.

Considered the “capital of surf”, it’s a paradise for nautical sports. It’s surrounded by the Serra do Mar (Portuguese for Mountain Range of the Sea) and its exuberant preserved Atlantic Forest sections (in the only part that reaches the Brazilian coast).

The city has the most extensive coast in the state (100km), with 84 beaches, from urban ones or with condominiums to uninhabited ones. Many beaches have waterfall formations, on the rivers that go down the mountain ridge, with pure and fresh water. The region is almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic Forest, often reaching the sea shore.

It’s a region rich with islands, seas, winds, protected waters, easy access to the high seas and one of the country’s best places to practice surf, nautical sports and scuba diving. It has more than eighty beaches and various waterfalls along the mountain range. It has beach options for all tastes: with calm waters like Lazaro Beach, more uninhabited ones with access through trails, such as Brava Beach, Almada Beach and Cedro Beach, beaches with international championship waves, like Itamambuca and some with excellent waves, such as Vermelha do Norte Beach, Toninhas, Grande Beach, amongst others. And also, sailing can be done in Saco da Ribeira Beach.

It also has a variety of islands, Souves Island being one of the most beautiful ones, where scuba diving can be practiced (the local average visibility is 8 meters. It is possible to observe corals, rays and even dolphins). Another much known island is Anchieta Island, historical patrimony (due to the existence of ruins of an old politic jail), which can be seen and accessed (by schooner rides) through Saco da Ribeira Beach.

In Ubatuba, the TAMAR Project headquarters is located, destined to the conservation of the Brazilian coast marine turtle species.

The services are focused on Itaguá Beach and downtown. It has a well prepared infrastructure for visitants, all year long. There are from sophisticated hotels to more simple lodgings and camping areas. The restaurants and snack bars don’t disappoint either. (For more information, see the links session).

The Tropical of Capricorn crosses the city exactly in front of the local airport runway.

The weather in Ubatuba is moderate moist. The annual average temperature is 70º F (with a maximum of 80º F and a minimum of 60º F)


Attractions

Some of the places to visit, taken from the Brasiltur web site.

Ilha Anchieta (Anchieta Island)
The largest island in Ubatuba. Holds part of the Serra do Mar State Park. Schooner rides take visitants to some of its beaches - Engenho, Palmas and Presídio. The departures are made in Saco da Ribeira.

Projeto TAMAR (TAMAR Project)
The Marine Turtle Project – TAMAR was created in 1980 to protect from extinction the five species of turtles that use the Brazilian coast for feeding and reproduction. A species protection program is developed with ambient education activities, scientific research and social and communitarian service actions, involving the local residents.

Horto Florestal de Ubatuba (Ubatuba Forest Reserve)
An Agriculture Secretary Experimental Station, part of the Campinas Agronomic Institute. Its main purpose is to analyze and study the main plants and their adaptation to the region’s climate and soil. It’s a beautiful and interesting cultural tour – the reserve has trails with majestic trees and imperial palm trees forming a very pleasant set.

Aquário de Ubatuba (Ubatuba Aquarium)
Offers to its visitants the opportunity to get to know closely a little of the complex sea world, having amongst its attractions, 12 tanks of salt water – one of them being one of the largest marine tanks in Brazil, with 80 thousand liters - , with samples of the local fauna and from other oceans.

Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar (Serra do Mar State Park)
Created in 1977, the Serra do Mar State Park (PESM) is the largest park in São Paulo with 315.390 hectares destined to the preservation, ambient education, local culture valorization and scientific research. Practically every representative ecosystem of the Atlantic Forest can be found in its surroundings. The only part of the PSEM that reaches sea level is in Ubatuba, protecting the coast ecosystems, five beaches and two villages also – Cambury and Picinguaba – where villagers still maintain aspects of their traditional culture.

Mergulho (Scuba Diving)
Ubatuba has one of the better scuba diving spots on the north coast of São Paulo. It reunites special characteristics – calm, clear waters with pleasant temperature – that guarantee the perfect scenery for scuba diving practice, with or without air cylinders. One of the most looked for places is Leste Beach. Local tour agencies offer courses and equipment rental.


Beaches

Some of the 84 Ubatuba beaches:

Maranduba: Complete beach, with many natural beauties and commercial and service infrastructure for all tastes.

da Lagoinha: Ruins of the first Brazilian glass factory.

do Lázaro: A place that holds many summer houses, being one of the region’s most beautiful and calm beaches for bathing.

da Sununga: Famous by its “Crying Grove”, a place involved by many legends and mysteries.

do Lamberto: Holds the University of São Paulo’s (USP) Oceanographic Institute.

do Cruzeiro (Iperoig): Place where José de Anchieta wrote his poem to the Virgin.

Perequê-Açú: With 4 km of extension, it’s one of Ubatuba’a most traditional beaches.

Vermelha do Norte: Has an aquatic amusement park with water slides. It’s located by the Rio-Santos highway margin.

Itamambuca: Worldly known for its surf championships. Very large and has very clear sands.

Ubatumirim: One of Rio-Santos’ most beautiful views, large and with a very calm sea.


HOW TO GET THERE

From São Paulo/Guarulhos - Governador Andre Franco Montoro International Airport (“Cumbica”)
Rod. Hélio Smidt s/n Ed. Interligação Guarulhos - SP CEP:07190-100
PABX:(11) 2445-2945
FAX:(11) 2445-3173
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From Congonhas/São Paulo International Airport
Av. Washigton Luís s/nº São Paulo - SP CEP:04626-911
PABX:(11) 5090-9000
FAX:(11) 5531-7718
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By Car

Coming from São Paulo
- By the Presidente Dutra Highway (BR-116) or Ayrton Senna/Carvalho Pinto Highway until São José dos Campos, then take the Tamoios Highway to Caraguatatuba and Rio-Santos highway (Rio de Janeiro direction) to Ubatuba.

Coming from Santos
- By the SP-055/Rio-Santos, 205 km.

From Rio de Janeiro
- By the BR-101/Rio-Santos, 310 km
Coming from Taubaté
- By the SP-125 Oswaldo Cruz Highway, 100 km, with 7km of steep mountain ridge and sharp turns (check your brakes, go down on gear and very calmly)


By Bus

- From São Paulo: Litorânea company, leaving from Tietê Bus Station Terminal

- From São José dos Campos: Litorânea company, leaving from the São José dos Campos Bus Station Terminal

- From Taubaté: São José company, leaving from the Taubaté Bus Station Terminal

Bus Stations in Ubatuba
Ubatuba City Bus Station: (12) 3832-6912
Litorânea Bus Station: 3832-3622
São José Bus Station: 3832-5361


BRASIL VISA

Some informations about visas, taken from the IAU XXVII GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

The Brazilian authorities have the reciprocity policy with respect to Entry Visa for citizens of different countries and Brazil has agreement for visa exception with several countries, whose citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay in Brazil up to 60 or 90 days.

By June, 2008, citizens of the following countries may enter Brazil and stay for up to 60 or 90 days without needing a visa: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela.

Citizens from all other countries do need a tourist visa to enter in Brazil. This includes, among others: USA, China, Japan, Russia, Canada and several more. The tourist visa provides coverage for attending scientific conferences, seminars, or meetings. Note that tourist visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Brazil, but they can get per-diem allowances.

AMERICAN CITIZENS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT IT MIGHT TAKE MORE THAN ONE MONTH TO GET THE VISA IN THEIR CASE. For other citizens, it should usually take a couple of weeks or less. Both general and more detailed information for citizens of any country living in the USA can be found in the official WEB page of the CONSULATE GENERAL OF BRAZIL - Boston.

A list of the tourism and business VISA regime for Brazilian citizens in the different countries, reflecting the situation in April, 2007, is provided here for guidance. Since the Brazilian authorities follow a reciprocity policy with respect to the consular and diplomatic affairs, this can be used as a guide for the citizens of foreign countries who are interested in visiting Brazil, also. However, the situation changes rather frequently and it is mandatory, when planning a travel (either tourism or business), to confirm the necessity of VISA with the travel agencies and the Brazilian diplomatic representations in the different countries.

In order to get information and/or to request a tourist visa, it is necessary to contact the nearest Brazilian Consulate. A full official list of the Brazilian Embassies, Consulates, Vice-Consulates, Delegations, Missions and Offices around the world can be found here.

Please note that for ALL visitors, passports must be valid for at least six months after the arriving date, and a return ticket and proof of sufficient funds may be requested upon arrival.


SOURCES: Brasiltur, Wikipedia, Wikitravel, Google Maps, IAU XXVII General Assembly, Tranporte Ubatuba, Ubatuba Praia Grande, Infraero (Congonhas Airport and Cumbica Airport), Litoral Virtual, Litorânea Company, SOCICAM (Tietê Bus Station Terminal and São José dos Campos Bus Station Terminal).