How to reach Campinas
(1) From São Paulo - GRU
The main point of entrance in Brazil is São Paulo -
International Airport (GRU
It is commonly called Cumbica Airport. There is a bus shuttle
service from Cumbica to Campinas' downtown operated by Caprioli
The price is
R$ 32 (approx. US$ 18 or € 12) and the trip generally
hour and 45 minutes. The final destination is Caprioli's agency in
Largo do Pará square.
This is the preferred choice if you enter Brazil through São
Paulo - GRU.
São Paulo - GRU is also the preferred point of entrance in
Brazil for reaching Campinas.
(2) From Campinas - VCP
Campinas has an international airport (Viracopos
Airport - VCP
located 14 km from Campinas' downtown. There is a bus shuttle service
from Viracopos to downtown operated by Caprioli
The price is
R$ 7 (approx. US$ 4 or € 2.50) and in general it takes
The final destination is Caprioli's agency in Largo do Pará
This is an alternative choice if you enter Brazil through any other
city instead of São Paulo. There are many flights
connecting VCP to other domestic airports. However, if you are in
São Paulo - GRU, in general you will spent more time waiting
the flight connection to VCP than if you use the bus shuttle service.
»»» How to reach
UNICAMP or your Hotel
UNICAMP is located in Barão
Geraldo, which is a district of Campinas and distances about 15 km from
Campinas' downtown. You should take a taxi to go from Caprioli's agency
to UNICAMP. The price of the ride is about R$ 40
(approx. US$ 23 or € 15). There is a taxi service in
Pará square just in front of Caprioli's agency (see image here
). Taxis are
You should also take a taxi to go to your Hotel. The recommended
Sleep Inn Galleria or Comfort Suites Campinas, distances about 10 km
from Campinas' downtown and
the price of the ride is about R$ 30 (approx. US$ 17 or € 11).
»»» Entrance Visas
People who travel to Brazil are required to have a
passport and in some cases an entrance visa. The passport must be valid
period of stay in the country.
The temporary visas usually emitted to foreign
professor/researcher is obtained from the consular division of the
Brazilian Embassy or a
Brazilian Consulate in the country of origin prior to arrival in
Brazil. A visa must be requested early enough to allow time for
Brazilian diplomacy is based on visa reciprocity, which means that the
majority of European nationals need nothing more than a valid passport
and a return ticket to enter Brazil on tourism, while Australian, Canadian and US citizens need a visa.
for information about the need for a visa.
Visitors should not have any difficulties with
Brazilian custom officials during the unloading of their baggage as
long as they are only carrying equipment or household items for their
own personnel use, and only one of each item. Brazil has strict
restrictions in reference to the
importation of specialized equipment, even if for personal use. If the
intends to bring such items, it is recommended to request information
at the embassy or Brazilian consulate in the home country about the
formalities which must be gone through for the temporary importation of
specialized equipment for professional use. When arriving in Brazil, it
is recommended to register any specialized equipment as
as accompanying baggage. If this requirement is not respected, there
may be difficulties with
customs officials when leaving the country.
The brazilian currency is the Real (code: BRL; symbol: R$; plural:
Reais). This is the only currency accepted in daily transactions; even
the American Dollar (USD) and the Euro (EUR) have limited course, as
well as traveller checks - foreigners must exchange them to BRL in
Currency Exchange Businesses. However, credit cards are widely accepted
cities like Campinas and almost
all brazilian banks have an infrastructure such
that holders of major credit cards can use brazilian ATMs to access
accounts and withdraw cash.
The current BRL exchange rates to USD and EUR and its historical
variation, as provided by Yahoo!Finance
are available here
(BRL-USD) and here
(BRL-EUR). It is worth to pay attention to the USD depreciation
relative to the EUR and the BRL along the last year. The depreciation
of the USD relative to the BRL was of approx. 20% during 2007 (see here
) while the
depreciation of the
EUR relative to the BRL was of approx. 5%
in the same period.
The climate conditions at Campinas' region are in general very good.
last 20 years, in the end of May the average high temperature is 25
°C and the average low temperature is 14 °C (the absolute ones
were 32 °C and 0 °C), the average precipitation is 50 mm from 5
raining days per month, the average humidity at 9:00 am is 73% and at
3:00 pm is 45%.