Belo Horizonte, with 2.400.000 inhabitants, is the capitol of the State of Minas Gerais, and the third largest city in Brazil.

Located in the Southeastern region, strategically positioned within Brazil and the Americas, the city is surrounded by the Serra do Curral Mountains, which serve as a natural backdrop, as well as a historical reference.

The Conference itself will be held in the Savassi district, which is a slightly bohemian area with lots of cafes and galleries.

Participants will be able to walk from their hotel to the conference site.

For questions about local arrangements, please email Lívia Guimarães



The various Brazilian Consulates differ considerably in what they require for a visa. For more information, please visit the website of a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate near you. See: Ministério das Relações Exteriores. Unfortunately, this listing is a bit difficult to use unless you know the city where the relevant Consulate is located. For US citizens, the Boston Consulate has a listing of all the US Consulates and the areas they serve: On their Home Page, go to "Consular Jurisdictions in the United States" in the left-hand column.

You'll be applying for a VITUR – a tourist visa, since you are participating in a "scientific" conference and are not being paid by any Brazilian source.

When you begin the application process, you will be asked to go to, and fill out, an online form. When you click to go to the form, you'll get a dialogue box warning that the site isn't secure. That is because it is a foreign site; don't worry about giving your computer permission to go there.

You may need a letter from Lívia Guimarães, signed by her on her University's letterhead, inviting you to participate. Her letter will state clearly that you are not being paid for your participation in the conference. Please notify Lívia as soon as possible that you will need this letter. She will send it to you as a pdf file attached to an email message.


The Conference will provide arrival and departure ground transportation to all registered participants. Travelers' arrival and departure times will be collected on the conference registration form. Airport to hotel transportation will be provided only for those who register before Friday, July 19, 5pm (Brazil).

Transportation personnel will meet incoming travelers at the Infraero desk at the Airport, based on actual arrival times of their registered flight numbers.

Infraero - Information Desk    Passenger Terminal    (Phone: +55 31 3689-2706 / 2705)

If registered, and upon arrival you miss your ride to the hotel, we recommend paying for a cab drive (approximate cost, 55 USD (R$ 110). You can pre-pay your ride and choose from many services, all with desks adjacent to the arrival. A service much used by UFMG is Coopertramo.

There is a Câmbio Exchangee Bureau at the Airport, close to the Domestic Arrivals Gate (Banco Safra S. A.). There is an ATM machine HSBC just accross the International Arrival Gate, that accpets International cards.

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For both Inhotim and Ouro Preto, we recommend comfortable shoes. Ouro Preto is a steep, hilly city. Tennis shoes are the best option. A light sweater is advisable as well.

All participants should save an original receipt (any receipt, of any purchase, even a cup of coffee) as proof of their stay in Belo.

Beneficiaries of air tickets purchased by Capes or UFMG should save their original boarding tickets and deliver them to the conference organization by the 23rd.

On Sunday, we'll meet for a stroll, coffee, and conversation late in the afternoon at the Lobby of Hotel Promenade Pancetti. (See map on accommodations.)

There will be free transportation for all for the solemn opening ceremony, at the UFMG Pampulha Campus (pick up times and places - probably Promenade Pancetti, Champagnat, Ianelli, and Guignard - are yet to be scheduled).

We dress casually at the university. The weather here: cool mornings, hot afternoons, cool evenings - nothing extreme

The Free Tour of the Museums of the Circuito do Conhecimento will begin at 7 p.m. on July 25th. There'll be guided tours in English for the Hume Society. We'll meet at the Coreto, at Praça da Liberdade.

Smoking is not allowed indoors in public spaces in Brazil, and many medicines, such as anti-depressants and antibiotics, cannot be purchased without official prescriptions by registered doctors. We advise you to buy travel insurance before departing to Brazil.

The spoken language in Brazil is Portuguese. In the academic environment, it is usual that most people speak English as a second language, and most hotels have an English-speaking staff. Formal dressing is not usual in Brazilian universities.

The average daily temperature in Belo Horizonte in the month of July varies from 14C to 26C (57F to 78F), and the weather is dry with nearly no chance of rain.

It is a custom in Brazil to pay 10% of the bill as a tip in bars and restaurants. Taxes are always included in the prices, and the government normally does not grant a Tax refund for products acquired in Brazil.

The electrical current in Brazil is 110 V and the power sockets used are very peculiar, with three round plugs.

Brazilians are generous, welcoming, and informal. The people from Minas Gerais are especially known for their hospitality. Belo Horizonte is a city with more than a thousand restaurants, and the regional food is considered one of the best in Brazil, comprising dishes such as "pão de queijo" (cheese roll, a type of bread made of cheese and cassava flour), "feijão tropeiro" (cooked beans, cassava, sausages, eggs and pork), "canjiquinha" (a typical dish cooked with processed corn and pork), and "frango com quiabo" (chicken with okra). On Saturdays, it is usual to eat "feijoada" (pork and sausage cooked with beans, served with white rice, cassava flour, okra and orange slices). Vegetarians, vegans, koshers, please do not worry. There are very nice restaurants around town, especially dedicated to your diet.

Do not miss the traditional "Romeo and Juliet" (a sandwich of cheese and guava sweetmeat) and the local "cachaça", "pinga", or "aguardente" (a distilled spirit made of sugar cane, of which Minas Gerais is the largest and most reputed producer in the country). Tap water in Belo Horizonte is treated and exempt from contamination, being considered of good quality. Nevertheless, it is not usual for restaurants to serve tap water. Please, take the opportunity to try some of the best mineral waters, such as "Caxambu" and "São Lourenço", sparkling or still.

While in Belo Horizonte, do not miss the complex of museums of Liberty Square (Praça da Liberdade), the architectural complex of Pampulha Lake (Lagoa da Pampulha) and the downtown Central Market (Mercado Central), where typical handicraft can be purchased. Minas Gerais has a symbolic and historical importance in the fight for freedom in the country, since it was the location of the "Inconfidência Mineira", in eighteenth-century Ouro Preto. The Inconfidência was a political movement inspired by the Enlightenment, in conversation with leaders of the stuggle for American independence from Great Britain. Minas is also one of the states with the highest legacy in the artistic, cultural and political spheres in Brazil.

Source: Marcelo Campos Galuppo, at



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