Venue/Contact

Casa da Cultura de Paraty

The venue for the conference, including registration, lectures, talks and poster sessions will be the Casa da Cultura de Paraty, a cultural centre in the heart of the Historical Centre of Paraty.

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Address:
Rua Dona Geralda, 177 – Centro Histórico – Paraty RJ – Cep: 23.970-000
Tel/Fax.: (24) 3371-2325

About Paraty

Tucked between the lush green mountains of the Bocaina National Park and the island-studded bay of Angra dos Reis, Paraty (pron. pah-ra-CHI) is one of the most charming little towns in Brazil.

Its Centro Histórico (old town) has been preserved as it was in its 18th century heyday, with cobblestoned, pedestrian-only streets and renovated colonial-style mansions. Many of these have now been converted into restaurants, art galleries, guesthouses and shops, which give the town a unique atmosphere that is at once laid-back, traditional and cosmopolitan.

The colonial architecture is complemented by the stunning natural setting, with unspoilt beaches, forests, waterfalls and islands all within easy reach. All kinds of sports and outdoor activities can be enjoyed, from hiking to sailing to scuba diving.Praia da Ponta Negra, Trindade

Paraty has a busy tourist calendar, hosting several annual events such as its renowned international literary festival. The region produces some of Brazil’s best cachaças or ‘pingas’ and so another of its attractions is the annual Festival da Cachaça. This year’s festival will take place Aug 17-20, partly overlapping with our event.

Hotel & Hostel

As Paraty is so small and easy to walk around, there will be no centralized accommodation for the conference – each participant is free to choose according to her/his taste and pocket.

There are no large hotels in Paraty – instead, accommodation is provided by dozens of small pousadas (guesthouses) and albergues (hostels). All levels of quality and price are well represented. Accommodation in the historic sector (Centro Histórico), where the conference venue (Casa da Cultura) is found, tends to be more expensive. Closer to the bus station, or on the further side of the small river that crosses the town, prices can be considerably lower. Even in these cases, though, a 10-15 min walk will suffice to reach the Casa da Cultura.

Are you on a low budget?
We arranged a special deal with the Geko hostel, and they are offering 10% of discount for all participants of the school. In order to receive the discount, you have to book directly with them and in the message’s subject you should write: “VI Quantum Information School and Workshop- Contato Nadja Kolb Bernardes”.

If you are looking for something else, here are some possibilities (no special deal, though):
Expensive:
Pousada do Sandi
Pousada da Marquesa
Pousada Arte Urquijo

Mid-range:
Villas de Paraty
Pousada da Condessa
Pousada do Príncipe

Budget:
Geko hostel (see special deal above)
Solar dos Gerânios
Pousado do Careca

Getting to Paraty

Arriving in Brazil
Paraty lies roughly 250km southwest of Rio de Janeiro and 300km northeast of São Paulo, so both cities are convenient points of entry for those arriving by plane.

Visas
Most Europeans and Latin Americans do not need visas to enter in Brazil, but US, Canadian and Australian citizens, among others, do. Up-to-date information on your country’s visa status can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Arriving in Paraty for the School: Conference Bus
For those going to the Quantum Information School, we arranged for special (free) Conference buses. The buses will depart from both Rio and São Paulo on the morning of Sunday, August 13th. Click here to book a seat (closed).

Arriving in Paraty by regular coach
There are frequent, reliable and comfortable coach (bus) lines to Paraty from Rio (Novo Rio bus station), São Paulo (Tietê bus station) and other cities. A one-way ticket from either of these cities costs around R$80-90. You can book a bus ticket here (tickets become available 1 month before the trip date), or directly at the bus station (see links above). It is also possible to arrange for a private shuttle service by contacting Paraty Tours.

Day care center

For this edition, the Quantum Information School and Workshop has found a local partner that has offered to host the children of participants during our event at a cost of R$60,00/day, from 8am to 5pm. This price already includes meals and transportation.

Named Jardim do Beija Flor, our partner is located near Paraty, but not inside the city, in a very bucolic environment where the kids have plenty of space and direct contact with nature.

The logistics regarding this service are to be arranged directly with the director of the kindergarten, Mônica, at movi03[at]gmail.com who will be responsible for the hosting and transportation of the children. Contact can be made in Portuguese, English or Spanish and, when contacting her, the participant of our event should mention our event as well as the number of kids, their age, the dates and any other detail that could help her with the logistics.

Still have a question? Contact us!