Travel and Accomodation
Considered the ‘Heart of the State’, Santa Maria is located in the central area of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, "Great River of the South", the southernmost state in Brazil. Despite the European influence, the “gauchos” - the inhabitants of Rio Grande do Sul,- strongly cultivate the traditions of the Pampas — region around the border with Uruguay and Argentina — such as drinking “chimarrão” (a tea drunk in special gourd cups), eating “churrasco” (the typical barbecue) and wearing the traditional clothes which are the “bombachas” (baggy trousers), boots and large hats for men and long dresses for women.
The population of Santa Maria is around 250.000 inhabitants. It is located 280 Km from the States’ capital, Porto Alegre.
Santa Maria in brief:
Area: 1693 km²
Maximum height: 485m
Minimum height: 41m
Weather: Subtropical humid
Population 243.392 inhabitants
Surrounded by national and local highways and a national airport, our city has become an important reference point of study and economic convergence.
Access to the city
Santa Maria can be reached relatively easy through Porto Alegre.
People from Europe, can fly directly to Porto Alegre by TAP (from Portugal) while people coming from North America, can reach Porto Alegre by COPA (from Panama). There are also direct flights from many South American countries to Porto Alegre. However, the option of travelling first to São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro is also possible; many airlines run regular flights from all over the world to these cities.
Once in Porto Alegre, you can take a flight (by NHT) as well as a bus (Planalto) to Santa Maria. Regular buses to Santa Maria run from the Porto Alegre bus station, which can be reached, from the airport, by taxi (around US$ 10) or by tram called "trensurb".
Some buses will be organised to run from the airport at Porto Alegre to Santa Maria, timed to connect with intercontinental flights.
The hotels listed below have promotional prices for meeting delegates. In order to book a room, people from abroad shall send an e-mail to the preferred hotel. Please, do not use the hotels web-site since they require Brazilian ID numbers. In all the hotels, the breakfeast is included in the price. One Brazilian Real (R$ 1) corresponds approximately to US$ 0.50.
Park Hotel Morotin
(it is not located in the city center, with limited transport options)
You will find a typical subtropical weather, with hot and dry Summer days from November to March as well as cold and windy days on Winter time, from June to September.