Travel and Accommodation


Depending on your nationality, a visa may be required in order to travel to Brazil. Please check here whether you need to apply for a visa to attend the conference in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro city counts with two airports, one international airport (Aeroporto Internacional Tom Jobim – RIOGaleão) and one domestic airport (Aeroporto Santos Dumont). We recommend attendees to flight directly to Rio de Janeiro city. Other Brazilian cities such as São Paulo and Salvador are alternative options for international flights, but will then require flight (or bus) connections to Rio de Janeiro.


Official Hotel

B&B Hotels – Copacabana Forte

Address: Rua Francisco Otaviano, 38 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

18 minutes from Santos Dumont Airport and 30 minutes from the event place.

Phone: +55 (21) 3505-5555


Discount code: PALMS2020 (all in caps lock and without space) 

Promotion valid for Copacabana Forte Hotel with breakfast included and 10% discount on the rate.



>> As any big metropolis, Rio de Janeiro has its security issues and it is better to err on the side of caution to minimize risks of inconvenience. Some areas should be avoided by visitors – especially if you are alone and/or during the night – in order to ensure a safer visit to the city. Nevertheless, the city is filled with interesting natural and cultural tourist-friendly attractions which are easily accessed by visitors, and most of the accommodation infrastructure is located in the safer areas of the city. If you are not sure whether an area, neighborhood or any specific location is safe for you to visit, you can ask the staff of the hotel hosting you for more information or safety tips that will help you to feel more at ease around the city.

>> We suggest visitors to take general precautions that one would employ in any big metropolis or city in a developing country, such as avoiding walking alone in less busy areas of the city or during the night – including parks, squares and beaches; do not leave your belongings unattended, and make use of lockers in hotels or hostels to keep your important belongings and travel documents safe during your visit; only book tours or tickets in accredited tourism agencies (you can find a list here); bring a friend when visiting a place you have not been before and make sure you are in a safe environment and talking only to people you trust; make use of transport apps (such as Uber or 99taxi) or registered yellow taxis (JB Táxi), or plan your displacements by public transportation beforehand (this will be helpful); if you are lost or need information or help with directions, ask someone working in a trusted establishment such as restaurants, bookshops, or tourism offices. You will always find friendly and nice people to help you in any situation; just be careful and attentive and you will be fine.


>> Even though the conference will be held during winter, we recommend visitors to always use sunscreen while outdoors to avoid sun burns, since temperature can reach more than 30°C all year long.

>> Make sure to drink enough water, especially in warm days; since our tap water is not drinkable, we suggest you to buy mineral water or drink filtered tap water.

>> Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before visiting Brazil, besides using insect repellents to avoid mosquito bites.

>> Eat and drink safely.


If you plan to conduct any kind of field work, make sure you ask for a field work permit beforehand. In this case, we suggest you to contact a colleague working in a Brazilian University or Research Institute to guide/help you.