Arriving in Rio

The Rio de Janeiro / Galeão - Maestro Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport is conveniently located within 30 minutes of downtown Rio de Janeiro. Another option is the Santos-Dumont Airport, located at downtown, within 15 minutes of IME.

The Road Terminal Novo Rio is the place where intermunicipal and interstate buses arrive in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Located at Santo Cristo, within 10 minutes of downtown. It is served by a taxi point and by several bus lines for the several areas of the city. Another option is the integration Subway-bus, which arrives to several areas of the city, including IME .

The best transportation option from Rio's Tom Jobim International Airport to Leme and Copacabana, not the cheapest, is to use a special Taxi cab service. There are some counters in the Arrival area (close to the luggage carousels) that provide transfer to Leme and Copacabana for approximately R$ 70,00 (appr. US$ 35,00) that you could pay by credit cards (at the counter).

Regular taxis (yellow ones) could be taken on the exit of the arrival area, costing approximately R$ 40,00 (appr. US$ 20,00). However, you must pay with cash (reals) most of them.

A transfer from Santos Dumont Regional Airport to Leme by special taxis costs R$ 34,00 (US$ 17,00) and by regular ones costs approximately R$ 20,00 (US$ 10,00).

There will be special shuttle buses taking the registered participants from the three indicated hotels to the conference site and back. The buses will pass by the Leme Othon Palace Hotel approximately at 7:40 am. They will leave the conference venue from 6pm.

Other arrangements

We will have a check-in counter to the conference on July 1st (Sunday) from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Leme Otton Palace. You should go there and look for Marcelo Correa, Petrucio Viana and/or Renata de Freitas. After that we will have an informal gathering to drink some caipirinha at La Fiorentina (cf. below).

We shall use conference rooms in two buildings (located in the same square) as follows:


Anfiteatro de Física ("Physics Amphiteatre")
Military Institute of Engineering (IME)
Pça General Tiburcio 80, Praia Vermelha

Tuesday - Wednesday:

Auditório 1
School of Command and General Staff of the Army (ECEME)
Pça General Tibúrcio, 125


Auditório 2
School of Command and General Staff of the Army (ECEME)

BCS (i.e. the large meeting) organizers will provide transportation from the official hotels to the conference venue and back. Timetable will be provided at the 2007 BCS conference webpage.

The conference cocktail will be on July 3rd (Thusday) 7pm at the conference venue. It is for free.

Conference dinner also will be offerred by the BCS on July 4th (Wednesday) 8pm at the Copacabana Fort. This will cost R$40,00 (appr. US$20.00) per person. This amount includes transportation from (and to) the conference site or the official hotels, a first course, a main course, dessert and live Brazilian music. Beverages and drinks must be paid aside. There are not so many places available, thus, you should send us a msg ( to confirm your interest in taking part in this social activity.

Arrangements could be done to make a short excursion to the Christ Redeemer's statue on Thursday afternoon. That should cost approximately R$ 20,00 (US$ 10.00) per person for transportation. Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to take part in this.

Weather forecast

Check the following webpages:

Previsão de Tempo - Rio de Janeiro

The Weather Channel - Rio de Janeiro

Other subjects

Places in the neighbourhood of Leme where you can go to eat during your stay:

Close around the official hotel, in Leme, there are some nice restaurants. The main ones (in decreasing order of sophistication), are Da Bambrini, Marius, La Fiorentina, Shirley, and Universidade do Chopp.

Prices are fair and it is usual to tip 10%, which is normally included in the bill.

They are open every day until late.

Copacabana is plenty of really good places and we will just list our preferred ones:

Events will be held in Rio in the very beggining of July

To know about other events look at RIOTUR Events Calendar.