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ISAKOS Congress Travel

Thank you for joining us for the 8th Biennial ISAKOS Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Official Travel Company of the ISAKOS Congress, FK Viagens & Eventos, has selected a variety of hotels as the Official Hotels for the ISAKOS Congress. Staying at one of these hotels provides a reduced rate for a 4-night stay including breakfast, a complementary shuttle to and from the Congress venue, and extended opportunity for social networking with your colleagues.

In addition, FK Viagens & Eventos is offering a number of day-tours, pre- and post-Congress tours, transfers to/from the airport, and discounted flight reservations within Brazil.

Please review the travel information provided for you here for hotel accommodations, day-tours, pre- and post-Congress tours, as well as, transportation.  Next, visit the FK Viagens & Eventos website to book your reservations.  PLEASE NOTE:  The FK Viagens & Eventos website is in Portuguese; if necessary click on British Flag in upper right corner to convert the website to English.  To directly book Hotel Reservations through FK Viagens, click here.
FK Viagens & Eventos
Av. Graça Aranha, 19–Grupo 501
Rio de Janeiro–Cep 20.030–002–Brazil
Telephone: + 55 (21) 3212–1300
Fax: + 55 (21) 3212–1301
E-mail: fk@fkviagens.com
Website: www.fkviagens.com

About Rio de Janeiro

The tourism capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, is famous for its breathtaking landscape, laidback beach culture and the annual carnival. Located in the Southeast region of Brazil, with six million inhabitants, this Marvelous City covers 1,224 square kilometers, with a coastline 246 kilometers long, and hosts 325 square meters of green areas. Nestling between steep slopes and the sea, the creative spirit of Rio inspires and appeals to all tastes.

The guiding spirit of this Marvelous City is the light-hearted carioca way of life that turns every inch of the city into a accumulation of attractions: beaches, mountains, forests, open air sports and world-class events such as New Year’s Eve, Carnival and many others. Packed with historical and cultural treasures, Rio is vibrant by day and dazzling by night.

Its many flavors and colors offer something for every taste, every age. Like its best known symbol, Christ the Redeemer, Rio welcomes its guests with open arms. Rio de Janeiro will host many of the 2014 FIFA World Cup games, including the final, and the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, becoming the first South American city to host the Olympics.

Quick Facts About Rio

Weather
Rio’s summers, from December to March, are hot and humid with temperatures rising above 105°F (40°C) routinely. In the spring and fall, the temperatures stay between the high 70s and low 90s (high 20s to low 30s Celsius). In the winter, June to Aug, it can cool off at night to as low as 59°F (15°C), but during the day temperatures range from the 70s to the mid-80s (20s Celsius). Most rain tends to fall in the summer in short intense tropical showers, or in the winter in longer drizzly showers.

Time Zone
Rio de Janeiro is 3 hours behind GMT. During daylight savings, Rio’s time difference changes to 2 hours behind GMT.

Electricity
The electricity in Rio de Janeiro is 110 or 120 volts, although many hotels and buildings are fitted with alternative power outlets with 220 volts.

Communications
Endowed with an excellent communications system linking it to the rest of Brazil and the world, Rio offers direct dialing and collect call facilities from any telephone. Call-boxes are scattered all over town, even along its beaches, with calling cards easily available. Mobile telephones may be rented at low fees by visitors. The direct dialing code for Brazil is 55, and 21 for Rio de Janeiro.

Passports and Visas*
A valid Passport is required to enter Brazil. Participants from certain countries may be required to obtain a visa to enter Brazil. If you are uncertain of your requirements please consult your nearest Brazilian Embassy/ Consulate at your earliest convenience.

If you would like an invitation letter from ISAKOS for visa purposes, you can obtain a PDF at no cost or have an original letter on ISAKOS letterhead airmailed to you at the price of US $40. Please visit the Registration Payment Page for visa invitation letter options.

* Information provided regarding visas and passports is supplied as a courtesy. ISAKOS is NOT responsible for any errors, changes or omissions in the information listed above. Please consult your consulate when planning your travel.

Additional Resources
Brazil National Tourist Organization Information
Rio Prefecture
Travel Document Information