Practical Information

This page will offer practical information regarding the FIA 2016 Congress to all delegates and guests, including a description of the hotel/venue and useful tips about the city of Sao Paulo. To help locate things geographically, we invite all delegates to avail themselves of this Google interactive map 


Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi


Conveniently located in one of the main business centres of Sao Paulo, the region of Berrini Avenue, the Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi is in the East Tower of the United Nations Business Centre (CENU). With an  underground access to the Naçoes Unidas and D&D shopping mall; a location close to the Ibirapuera and Villa Lobos parks and views overlooking the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge and Estaiada Bridge, the hotel offers a great variety of things to do. 


The hotel has a numerous of highlights, including a bar and a restaurant with a hanging art gallery, a 28th floor pool with panoramic views over the Sao Paulo skyline the Estaiada Bridge and a 24-hour fitness centre and spa with Brazilian treatments. 


The Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi is 7 kilometres away from Congonhas National Airport and 42 kilometres from Guarulhos International Airport. 


All FIA Congress meetings will take place in at the Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi. 


Address: Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi, Avenida Das Naçoes Unidas, 12901, Sao Paulo, SP, 04578-000 Brazil 


List of nearby facilities: restaurants, shops, transportation etc. (22 pages PDF document)


Sao Paulo (source: LonelyPlanet)

Located in the hilly plateau of the south-eastern Brazilian Highlands, "Sampa" - as the city is known - is one of the biggest cities in the world, the largest economy by GDP in Latin America and the most populated city in Brazil. Capital of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous and wealthiest state, it exerts strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment and a strong international influence. The name of the city honours Saint Paul of Tarsus. 


Sao Paulo has a very fertile cultural life with innumerable art-house cinemas and experimental theatres. It is home to monuments, parks and museums such as the Latin American Memorial, the Ibirapuera Park, the Museum of Ipiranga, the Sao Paulo Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Portuguese Language.


This prolific cultural life is supported by Brazil's biggest and best-educated middle class and further enriched by literally hundreds of distinct ethnic groups - including some of the largest Japanese, Italian and Arab diasporas in the world. People from the city are known as paulistanos, while paulistas designates anyone from the state, including the paulistanos. 


Sao Paulo also has the largest openly gay community in Latin America and hosts the world's largest gay pride parade. 


Enjoying Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo has an endless list of things to do and see. There is some of the most popular:


- Parque do Ibirapuera: The biggest green space in central Sao Paulo, Parque do Ibirapuera makes a fine escape from the city's seemingly infinite stretches of concrete. Designed by renowned landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, the park serves as a thriving centre of the city's cultural life, with a series of museums, performance spaces and the grounds for Sao Paulo's renowned Biennale. 


- Museum de Arte de Sao Paulo: Sampa's pride, this museum possesses Latin America's most comprehensive collection of Western art. Hovering above a concrete plaza that turns into an antiques' fair on Sunday, the museum, designed by architect Lina Bo Bardi and completed in 1968, is considered a classic of modernism by many and an abomination by a vocal few. The collection, though, is unimpeachable, and ranges from Goya to El Greco to Manet. 



- Memorial da América Latina: This Oscar Niemeyer creation is like a mini-Brasilia, with a series of glass-and-cement structures in a beautiful variety of shapes and sizes. The museum displays a diverse collection of Latin American arts and crafts and contemporary art from around the continent. 


- Museu Paulista: Located in the eastern suburb of Ipiranga, this museum began its life as a memorial to Brazil's independence from Portugal. The gardens and palace are the real treat here, as are the fine vistas that its hilltop position affords. 


- Museu de Lingua Portuguesa:This museum has fascinating permanent exhibits documenting the rise of the Brazilian language as distinct from European Portuguese, as well as creative temporary installations celebrating Brazilian literature. 


- Banespa: One of Sampa's best panoramas, head to the top of this 161m-high skyscraper, Brazil's version of the Empire State Building, completed in 1939. Ride free to the observation deck on the top floor for views of the city. 


- Mosteiro Sao Bento: Among the city's oldest and most important churches, Sao Bento dates to 1598, though its neo-Gothic facade dates only to the early 20th century. Step inside the church to view its impressive stained glass.


- Teatro Municipal: Sao Paulo's most splendid construction, this theater was begun in 1903 in the style of Paris' Palais Garnier. Its heavily ornamented facade seems to combine every architectural style imaginable, from baroque to art nouveau, and its interior is clad in gold and marble. 


- Museu do Futebol : Tucked under the bleachers of colourfully art deco Pacaembu Stadium, this fantastic museum is devoted to Brazil's greatest passion: football. 



Transportation: getting around Sao Paulo


- Bus 

Sao Paulo's immense public transport system, run by SPTrans, is arguably the world's most complex, boasting over 15.000 buses and 1333 lines. Buses (R$3,50) are crowed during rush hours and can be prone to pickpockets. Watch your valuables, especially phones in pockets or backpack side pockets. 


- Public transportation 

You can reach many places on the Metro de Sao Paulo, the city's rapidly expanding subway system. The metro is cheap, safe (please pay attention to FIA's safety recommendations) and fast and runs from 4.40am to midnight on most lines. A single ride costs R$3,50.


- Taxi

All taxis should be metered - if your driver doesn't turn the meter on, be sure to mention it. If the driver still doesn't, ask to be let out near another taxi stop. 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. Flagging a taxi off the street is not recommended and may be hazardous, as many of them are non-registered. 


Entry (Visa) Requirements


Visitors to Brazil must obtain a visa from one of the Brazilian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes, holders of passport of 86 jurisdictions do not require a visa to visit Brazil. 


Please check here if your country benefit from a visa exception to visit Brazil, or better still consult the nearest Brazilian consulate

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