December 1 to 20, 2003 - IFT-UNESP, São Paulo, SP - Brazil

Arrival Instructions:

You will be arriving at Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo. There are two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, which are located at opposite ends of the airport where you will exit from customs. From 9 am - 7 pm on Saturday November 29 and Sunday November 30, there should be a student carrying a sign LASS2003 near the exit of Terminal 1 who can give assistance. At the airport, you should change about 50 US dollars which will get between 120-140 brazilian reais. After you arrive at the hotel and present a copy of your airline ticket receipt, you will receive 20 reais/day from the school for your meal costs.

The easiest way to get to your hotel from the airport is to take an air-conditioned bus for `Avenida Paulista' which leaves every 35 minutes from a bus-stop which is halfway between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The first bus leaves at 6:45 am and the last bus leaves at 23:15. You will need to buy a ticket for 21 reais which is sold at a counter near the car-rental agencies just outside the airport near the sidewalk. You need to take the bus called `Avenida Paulista' and get off at the final stop which is called Maksoud Plaza. Depending on traffic, the trip will take between 40 and 120 minutes.

The bus will drop you off at the final bus stop, Maksoud Plaza, which is located at the corner of Al. Campinas and R. Sao Carlos de Pinhal (on the lower right-hand corner of the map below). You are now a five-minute walk from the institute and hotel. To get to the hotel, you should walk in the direction of the bus along R. Sao Carlos de Pinhal until you get to R. Pamplona, where you should make a right turn. At the fork in the road, you should follow the left-hand side of the fork and continue on R. Pamploma. The IFT (Instituto de Fisica Teorica) is located on the right-hand side of the street at R. Pamplona 145. The hotel where you will be staying ``Hotel Parthenon Flats, The Universe'' is located two buildings after the IFT at R. Pamplona 83.

If you decide to take a taxi (which should cost around 75-100 reais), you should tell the taxi driver you want to go to the Hotel Parthenon Flats which is on Rua Pamplona, off of Avenida Paulista. The hotel is located three blocks from Avenida Paulista on the ``downtown'' or ``centro'' side.