8th J-PAS Meeting
March 10 - 14, 2014 / Florianópolis, Brazil
Hotel Morro das Pedras
Hotel checkin can start on Sunday, March the 9th
- R$ 150,00 for double room - breakfast, lunch, dinner plus coffee breaks
- R$ 240,00 for single room
For reservations please email (email@example.com) or call (+55.48.32379583) the hotel. They will ask 50% in advance from Brazilians, 10% from foreigners, go figure. Please do this at your earliest convenience.
Web page: www.morrodaspedras.com
São Paulo (GRU) has the most direct flights connecting international flights to Florianópolis. Rio de Janeiro (GIG) comes second. Watch out not to buy the domestic ticket from CGH or SDU which are "downtown" airports.
Taxi from airport to hotel costs around R$ 50,00.
If you like to see places around the best bet is to rent a car at the airport.
For those of you interested in staying before / after the meeting this guide can be quite useful
Please remember the week before the meeting is Carnival. If you are into carnival it might be a good choice - probably not in Florianópolis. If you don't care for Carnival avoid it at all costs. Everything is crowded and expensive.
The only real churrasco in Brasil is eaten in the state of Rio Grande do Sul; more specifically in Bagé. In spite of that, people seem to be really excited about churrasco, so we will do our best with churrasco made by non-gaúchos. As you have seen on the schedule this will happen on Tuesday, the idea is to leave the hotel by 16:30, drive around a little, probably watch the sunset in the inner northern bay and then go get MEAT. Please put your name on the following google doc.
On Wednesday, March the 12th, 20:30 the "Kammerorchester St. Pauli und chor der Friedenskirche" will be playing in Florianópolis. The local tone of this presentation is one of the solo singers, who was a student in a local chamber orchestra / school of music in Florianópolis. There is another local note to this guy which some of you will notice. If you like to go, please put your name in the following google doc.
See more details on the following link.
The show is free, you will have to pay for the transportation - we will hire some vehicle to take the people who are interested.
For those of you arriving Saturday or early Sunday, the hotel beach is suggested, the fresh water lake "Lagoa do Peri", or a longer (5km) trip to Armação, and then Pântano do Sul.
Pântano do Sul has several restaurants by the beach. Cars are allowed in the first 200m of beach, so usually walk past all the cars and swim over there. The most traditional of these restaurants is "Arante", it is the first restaurant once you get to the beach. If you turn left, "Vadinho" is good traditional food choice. If you go right, the last one is "Pedacinho do Céu" at the limit where cars are allowed to go. Ask for some local fish or they will serve you chicken-fed salmon raised in cages in southern Chile.
Another very nice trip is to Armação walk to the pier and take a boat to "Ilha do Campeche". It costs R$ 50,00. It is the island you see in front of the hotel (slightly off to the North). The island isn't too big but hiking there takes most of the day. One of the highlights on the island are the petroglyphs carved on the rocks and the stone tool sharpening stations. There is some ok restaurant there to save you from starving. When you want to return, go back to the beach and join some boat, it doesn't need to be the same that took you there.
Weather forecast for geeks in the following link. Please, check ETA 15 on the right side of the screen, then choose SC in the "estado" list on the top left. INPE is where the forecasts are computed and then reinterpreted and sent around to everybody else.