After the Olympic Games, it is not necessary anymore to introduce Rio. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio de Janweiro is the number 1 tourist destination in Brazil. We will provide, progressively, information about the city, accomodation as well as transportation for conference attendees.
Before Rio, the Colloquium “Discourse, representations, argumentation” was hosted by five other cities. From 2011 to 2015 the conferences were annual, but from this year on, they will be organized bi-annually.
Check where the previous conference were held:
2011 – Canada, Lennoxville
2012 – Canada, Montreal
2013 – Brazil, Manaus
2014 – Italy – Bergamo
2015 – Romania – Iasi
There are many companies that provide sightseeing tours for you to know Rio’s beautiful beaches and other attractions. Browse the Internet and you will find many! You can also ask for information in your hotel.
Information about accommodation
Information about air transportation
Most international companies have flights to Brazil. However, not all have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro. Some of these companies with direct flights are: Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, Avianca British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Iberia, KLM, LATAM, Lufthansa, Swiss, TAP. International flights arrive at Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport.
When arriving in Rio, book a taxi with one of the companies outside the customs’exit hall. Never deal with individual taxi drivers. Taxi companies have flat prices for transportation, depending on where you are going. Unfortunately, Uber Black cabs cannot be called on Rio’s airports.
Other premium airlines only fly to São Paulo – the main entry Brazilian port. Among them, you will find the ones that serve Rio, plus Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Aeromexico, Delta, Ethiopian Airlines, Qantas, Qatar, Royan Air Maroc, Turkish Airlines, United and others.
Keep in mind that, when arriving at Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo, with connection to Rio de Janeiro, you have to pass through customs in the financial capital of Brazil. Keep also in mind that your ticket can take you to Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport or – which is more probable – to Santos Dumont International Airport. The first is more distant from the south shore (where the conference will be held) than the second. When you get in Rio, the same tip mentioned above concerning local transportation applies here: never deal with individual taxi drivers. Taxi companies have flat prices for transportation, depending on where you are going.
Beware of difficulties and check your options when buying a ticket. It is not recommended to buy a ticket to Rio de Janeiro through São Paulo with connection in the other city airport (Congonhas International Airport). The airports are far from each other and transfers are stressful in the heavy traffic of Brazil’s biggest megalopolis. It is like flying from Montreal to Rio with a stop in New York at Newark, with transfer to JFK International Airport!
Information about urban transportation
Rio de Janeiro has a reasonably good public transportation system (underground, buses, taxis and Ubers). We recommend attendees to either use the underground lines, if possible, or take an Uber Black. Buses are fine if you learn local culture, and taxis should be avoided because they are always a bet: can be fine or an awful experience!
Tips to avoid problems in Rio
Rio de Janeiro is a magical city, with an “aura” on its own. However, it has a history of inequality that gets worse in economic and political crisis, like the one Brazil is going through right now. We strongly recommend that you be cautious at all times, as a means to keep calm and cool. We found a very useful website that provides most essential tips for tourists: How to Stay Safe in Rio!