South American Gemini Data Workshop
São José dos Campos, Brazil, October 27-30, 2011.

Local Information



Siria Street, 25 - Jd. Oswaldo Cruz
São José dos Campos - SP - Brazil 
CEP 12216-540

The Faro Hotel was inaugurated in January 2010 in São José dos Campos. Strategically located close to the large Center Vale mall , as well as to the President Dutra highway, it has 10 floors and 137 comfortable apartments divided in 5 categories, besides convention room, bar, restaurant, business center and a gym with modern equipments. 

Hotel Reservation:
The LOC will make reservation for all participants staying at the conference hotel (Faro Hotel). Please download the Reservation and the Credit Card Authorization Forms and send them duly completed to sagdw(at) until August 31, 2011 to warrant your reservation.
Your hotel expenses will be charged at the hotel check out - only credit cards and cash are accepted (personal cheques and traveler's cheques are not accepted). 

Rates at Faro Hotel for our workshop will be:

Standard Room single/double (1 double bed): R$185,00 / R$142,50 per person
Superior Room single/double (1 double bed or 2 twin beds) : R$204,00 / R$154,00 per person

The daily rates include two meals (breakfast and lunch), welcome reception (evening of October 26, 2011), and coffee breaks.  

The LOC has blocked Standard and Superior rooms but the Faro Hotel also has other types of rooms at higher rates. If you prefer to book any other type of room, please contact us by email to check availability.

Cancellation Policy: Changes in the arriving and departure dates in the hotel, as well as cancellation of hotel booking must be communicated no later than October 10, 2011 .

São José dos Campos (SJdC)

SJdC is currently the 4th largest city in the state of São Paulo and the largest and most important in the Paraíba Valley. SJC is one of the largest industrial and technological centers of the country and the home of well known research centers, such as the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais ( INPE ), the Comando-Geral de Tecnologia Aeroespacial ( DCTA ), the Instituto Tecnológico da Aeronáutica ( ITA ), the Instituto de Estudos Avançados ( IEA ), the Universidade Estadual Paulista ( UNESP ), the Universidade Federal de São Paulo ( UNIFESP ),  and the Universidade do Vale do Paraíba ( UNIVAP ). SJdC is also the home of EMBRAER (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica), the 4th largest aircraft company in the world, and many other technological and electronics industries, totaling more than 700 companies. 

Typical temperatures in October are about 16.5°C (minimum) to 26°C (maximum).

As a city with a strong social diversity, SJC has many different options to hang out at night, especially at weekends. Ranging from country music bars to an (almost) authentic Irish pub, you can find good restaurants, snack bars and night clubs near the hotel. If you’re interested, we recommend to call a taxi at the hotel lobby. Taxi fares are not expensive, as the distances are not long within SJC.

Travel Information

How to arrive in São José dos Campos - getting to the Faro Hotel: 

The best way to get to São José dos Campos is to fly to the Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), located only 80 km away from SJdC: Infraero Airports or Guarulhos International Airport - GRU

There is also the local São José dos Campos airport :  used for some commercial and military flights.
It has daily flights to several destinations in Brazil with the Azul   and TRIP airlines. From the this airport to Faro Hotel the taxi fare is around R$25-30.00 (business days) and R$35-40.00 on weekends.

Using the Transportation Provided by the LOC: 

The organizing committee will provide transportation for the participants to the Faro Hotel from the International Airport of Guarulhos and from the city of Rio de Janeiro. Due to the small number of people interested in using the bus from the city of São Paulo, we decided that the bus will only depart from the airport. 

To confirm the use of this transportation : please inform an identification document (RG or CPF number for Brazilians, or passport number for foreigners) and also information about your flight (arrival/departure time, company, flight number), until October 10 to sagdw(at)

From Guarulhos International Airport

Departure time of the bus in Oct 26: 18h
Departure time of the bus from Faro Hotel in Oct 30: 14h

In order to use this transportation, we recommend booking flights that arrive in Oct 26 at the airport no later than 17h30 for domestic flights or 17h for international flights. For the departure in Oct 30, please book your flights after 16h30 for domestic flights or 17h30 for international flights.

From Observatório Nacional/Rio de Janeiro:

Departure time of the shuttle in Oct 26: 13h30
Departure time of the shuttle from Faro Hotel in Oct 30: 14h

Using other Transportation from Guarulhos International Airport (GRU):

By Bus : You can take the bus from the company Pássaro Marron to SJC at the airport. Tickets for these buses can be bought at the counter of the "Aiport Bus Service" located in the sidewalk of the Terminal 2 of the airport or through the company website. The trip will take about 1h30min and costs R$16,30 (as of Sept 26, 2011). The departure times from GRU are: 8:00 9:00 10:00 11:30 12:30 13:30 15:00 16:30 17:30 18:30 20:00 22:00.

Upon arrival to the main bus station in SJdC you can take a taxi to the hotel. From the bus station to Faro Hotel the taxi fare is around R$10-15.00 on business days and R$20-25.00 (double charge) on weekends.

The return trip (SJdC to the Guarulhos airport) costs R$18,85 and departs from the main bus station in SJdC at: 6:15 6:30 8:00 8:50 10:30 12:00 13:30 15:30 17:30 18:30 19:30 22:00.

By Car : Directions to the Faro Hotel from Guarulhos International Airport or from other locations by car (80km, or about 1h10min) can be found here: Direction to Guarulhos Airport and location Faro Hotel .

The strategic location of São José dos Campos allows quick access to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Litoral Norte and Serra da Mantiqueira. 

By Taxi : Taxis from the airport have fixed prices and should cost about 238 reais (as of July 2011) and should take about 1h10m, but depending on traffic it could take up to 2h. The official taxi company is Guarucoop

Visa Information

The citizens of the following countries are visa exempted   to enter in Brazil: Andorra, Argentina , Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile , Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, SMO of Malta, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela. Source: Ministry of External Relations/Immigration Division. Updated on June, 24, 2011 

If you are exempted, please be sure that your passport is valid for more than 6 months, and check if you need vaccination. All exemptions are valid for a stay up to 90 days. 

US citizens need visa to enter to Brazil. Moreover, for the citizens of the countries not listed above, a visa need to be requested in a Brazilian Consulate  in order to attend the meeting. Letters of invitation to apply for the visa (if required by the consulate) will be provided upon request to sagdw (at)

Yellow fever vaccination (10 days before traveling) is recommended if you want to include in your trip a visit to the following states: Acre, Amazonas, Amapá. Macapá, Roraima, Rondônia, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo, São Paulo, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Goiás e Distrito Federal. The vaccine protects you for 10 years. 

If you have any doubt about the visa we strongly advise to contact the embassy or consulates of these countries nearest to you.

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