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Rio de Janeiro, also known as Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City), was recently named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There is no lack of attractions in Rio. Privileged geography, combining beaches, hills and lagoons, yields stunning views. Rio is the birthplace of samba and bossa nova and today offers a rich blend of rhythms with various influences. The city also hosts numerous universities, cultural and scientific centers, research labs, and museums.

Barra da Tijuca, the district hosting (WM)², is located about 30 km from downtown Rio. It features a coastline with miles of white sand beaches, state parks and a wealth of restaurants and cultural attractions.

Considered one of the main tourist destinations in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro receives at least 2.8 million tourists from all over the world each year. Find out more about Rio de Janeiro on the Visit Rio website.


Located in Barra da Tijuca, Riocentro is the largest convention center in Latin America, and also the venue of the ICM 2018. Visit Riocentro's website.


ICM 2018 will offer childcare service that can be booked from July 31 to August 9, 2018. This service can also be used by (WM)² attendees. For more information contact registration@icm2018.org. For those also attending ICM 2018, the reservation must be made through the ICM 2018 system.  The daily fee per child is USD 20 for early registration or requests (by e-mail), and USD 45 onsite.


We recommend that participants stay in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca, the venue of (WM)². To take advantage of the special rates and conditions for participants, visit ICM 2018's website.


Depending on your nationality, you may need to request and obtain a visa before traveling to Brazil (visas cannot be obtained at the airport or port of entry). Brazil maintains a fully reciprocal visa policy and has visa waiver agreements with certain countries. Please check well in advance whether you need a visa to enter Brazil at the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations website.

For further information on visa application requirements, please contact the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate General that holds jurisdiction over your specific area of residence. A list of Brazilian diplomatic and consular missions abroad is available at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

For those who need a visa, a 90-day tourist visa is sufficient to attend the (WM)².