Conference Venue

TAM as the official airline of 15th ICAAR - International Conference on Alkali-Aggregate Reactionis is offering up to 25% of discounts through it’s website:

Participants must fill in the “Promotional Code”

box: 656589

* Values are subject to availability in flights and specific rules and restrictions of each rate;
* The discounts are restricted for travel from July 03 – 07 for passengers travelling from Brazil to São Paulo ;
* 10% of discounts in specific promotional fares;
* The discounts are restricted for routes operated by TAM.



São Paulo

For many centuries, São Paulo was a rather unexciting city. This changed radically with the arrival of great waves
of immigrants at the end of the 19th century, followed by migrants from other parts of Brazil in the early 20th century. They were attracted by the coffee plantations and later by industry and the service sector.

In this way, the city grew and new traditions took root. Today, the capital of the State of São Paulo is, besides being an important economic and financial hub, one of the main centers for the development of new trends, culture and entertainment in Brazil.

Since 1983, the Tourist Information  have been an important resource for visitors of all nationalities as well as for city inhabitants.

Staff members are bilingual professionals, undergraduates and students of tourism who provide up-to-date and complete information on events that take place in São Paulo, tourism attractions, infrastructure, services and access. Another important differential is the fact that staff members receive extra training.

At the Tourist Information, visitors can also find at their disposal tourism and culture guides, as well as city maps and brochures on places of interest.

Besides providing information on the city’s range of options for tourism and leisure, the Tourist Information offers personalized service, recommending outings and activities to match the interests of each visitor to always meet his or her expectations.

Recommend the Tourist Information and let São Paulo surprise them!

Addresses & Opening hours

Tourist Information in International Airport (managed by GRU Airport)
Terminal 1 and 2 : Arrival area of International Guarulhos Airport. Daily from 8 am to 8 pm. 

Tourist Information OLIDO
Av. São João, 473. Daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Tourist Information TIETÊ
Terminal Rodoviário Tietê. Arrival area. Daily from 6 am to 10 pm.

Tourist Information PAULISTA
Av. Paulista, 1853 – Parque Prefeito Mário Covas. Daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Tourist Information ANHEMBI
Parque Anhembi. Av. Olavo Fontoura, 1209. Open during events in Anhembi. 

Tourist Information MERCADO:
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo - Rua da Cantareira, 306. Rua E, portão 04. From Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday das 7 am to 4 pm.

About Sao Paulo

Time zone
GMT – 3h (Brasilia)

June daily average temperature oscillates from a minimum 12.0 ºC to a maximum 22.0°C with a mean temperature of 17.0ºC. It has an average of 6 days of rain (total rain 55.7mm) and 144h of sunshine. Weather forecast is available at CPTEC INPE (link to

Power Supply
110 Volts, 60Hz. Plugs are IEC 60906-1 compliant. Two round-pins Europlug (type C) and two round-pins Swiss plug are compatible.

Telephone country code is 55. To access international direct dialing system press 00. GSM (850, 900 and 1800) with 3G. TIM, Vivo (i.e. Telefonica) and Claro are major players. Prepaid cards are available.

Credit cards and traveler's checks
Major credit cards are widely accepted by most hotels, restaurants and shops. Travelers’ checks may not be accepted in many places; therefore it is better to exchange them in a bank. ATMs are widely available.

Brazilian Real (1.00 USD = R$ 4.00)

Visa Requirements
Brazil requires Visa for citizens from countries that demand visa for the Brazilian citizens. Please check here if entrance in Brazil require visa. Contact the local Brazilian Embassy or Consulate for further instructions.

The city’s international airport is Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) (link to, located about 30km far from the convention center area, a 45min drive when the traffic is good. It is recommended that travelers take a “Guarucoop” pre-paid taxi from the airport. Credit cards are accepted. For details, see Guarucoop home page (link to There is also an Airport Bus Service (EMTU) with a connection to Congonhas Airport, which is closer to the convention center area. Avoid taking flights to Viracopos Airport (VCP) because of its long distance from the city of São Paulo.