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About Salvador, Bahia

Bonfim Church, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
The city of Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the country. After all, beautiful and enticing Salvador has a history that goes back five centuries and a warm, hospitable and seductive aura that charms its visitors. The city has nearly fifty kilometers (over thirty miles) of lovely beaches, together with ecological parks, joyful people, majestic works of art and architecture, fascinating culture and cuisine, and captivating music. Salvador is also a modern city, offering world-class services. Its hotel network has 26 thousand beds, the largest in Brazil's Northeast.
Vista do Hotel Othon 
View from the Bahia Othon Hotel
Photography: Cynthia S. Bando
Because of its central geographic location, Salvador has excellent airline connections to the entire country. Its modern international airport also offers connections to Europe, South and North America. The meeting will be held at the city´s Convention Center, which has some of the best installations in Latin America for holding fairs, meeting, conventions, symposia, expositions and large shows. Its four floors can host events with as many as 18 thousand participants. Visit the web-site of the Salvador da Bahia Convention Bureau for more information on the city, its touristic attractions and infrastructure. (www.emtursa.ba.gov.br)

Climate and Clothing

The temperatures in Salvador in May typically range from 23°C to 28°C during the day.
Salvador is a typical tropical city located between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator. Salvador is one of the world’s sunniest cities and in May there are, on average, 172,6 sun hours.


Overall costs in Brazil are significantly lower than in other countries. The exchange rates of the Brazilian Real as of December 06, 2005, were US$ 1.00 = R$ 2.26. A passport may be required for currency exchange services. We recommend that participants purchase U.S. dollars or Euros to exchange for local currency before leaving their home countries.


Business hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 -16:00 (Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays).

Credit Cards

Diners Club, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, and restaurants.

Passport and Visas

A valid passport is required to enter Brazil. In addition, some foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa. Please contact the Brazilian Consulate or diplomatic mission in your country at least three months before your departure for Brazil. In particular, American Citizens are require visas. For details, please contact your local travel agent or carrier.
Brazil is very attractive for tourism and it is foreseen that many foreign participants will be extend their visit to view varied destinations in the country. Additional information can be obtained at http://www.mre.gov.br/ingles/index.htm

Postal Services

Hotels often provide postage services. Post offices are open weekdays from 9:00 to 17:00.

Public Transportation

For general transport, taxis are plentiful and public bus services are convenient. Special bus services to and from the Convention Center will be provided.


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