Polychaete conference - Iguacu-Amazon

Paulo da Cunha Lana lana at aica.cem.ufpr.br
Fri Apr 24 09:40:40 EST 1998


Dear colleagues,

Thirty-six people, including conference participants and accompanying
persons, have stated that they intend to travel to the Iguacu-Amazon
after the Curitiba conference and that they will buy a VARIG air pass. If
you are one of those, PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE CAREFULLY.

The excursion is being partially organised by VANETOUR travel agency,
located in Curitiba (Buenos Aires Street, 499 - Tel/fax  + 55 41 2234417
c/o Elizabete Gavlovski). Please notice that when you buy the pass in your
native countries you will be asked to make all the flight reservations in
advance. The travel plan I am including here is basically the final one.
You will need this information to buy your pass. I believe that the prices
of the pass will vary between US $ 490.00 and US $ 540.00 dollars,
depending of your provenance. Please take the following information to
your travel agency in order to make your air pass flight reservations:

August 8 - Curitiba-Foz do Iguagu - Flight VARIG 168 - 09:35 AM/arrival
10:45 AM
(in Foz do Iguagu you will visit Iguagu falls, both in the Brazilian and
Argentinean sides. You will stay in Colonial Hotel, a confortable two-star
hotel, with dinner and breakfast included)

August 10 - Foz do Iguagu-Sco Paulo - Flight VARIG 161 - 07:15 AM/arrival
08:45 AM
August 10 - Sco Paulo-Manaus - Flight VARIG 200 - 10:45 AM/arrival 13:15 PM
(in Manaus, you will stay in Tropical Hotel, which belongs to VARIG. It is a
magnificent place, from where you can carry out some short, guided tours to
the nearby amazonian forest)

August 13 - Manaus - Fortaleza - Flight VARIG 303 - 15:10 AM/arrival 21:15
PM
(Fortaleza is a nice seaside resort, with beautiful beaches, located in
Ceara, northeastern Brazil)

August 15 (or when you prefer, since the group will most probably split) -
Fortaleza to the city from where you will be leaving Brazil (probably Rio de
Janeiro or Sco Paulo to most of you). You will have to contact VARIG, ask
for the best time schedules and organize your leaving by yourselves. If you
need, I can suggest hotel names in Sco Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or any other
city you plan to go (basically the same ones suggested by the Lonely Planet
Travel Guide). As a suggestion, if you have the time, I would advice you to
spend two or more days in Rio de Janeiro, before leaving the country. No
tours will be organized there, but I can send useful information re
touristic attractions and hotels (fax or phone numbers of selected and
reasonably-priced ones).

Final prices will of course depend upon the number of people who will
actually take part in the excursion, since most of the costs will be shared.
If everybody listed below confirm and accept the distribution in single or
double rooms as indicated (please remember that all of you stated, in your
first registration form, sent last year, whether you would or not share
rooms), price per person - NOT including the pass - in a double room (two-
to four-star hotels, including breakfast, transport to and from airport,
guided tours, but not main meals) will be about US 420.00 dollars.
Reasonable meals can cost something between US $ 8.00 and US $ 20.00 dollars
per person. Price per person in a single room will be about US 700.00
dollars. If everybody confirm, prices can be lower, depending upon further
negotiations currently being carried out by the travel agency with local
hotels, but never higher.

This is the list of interested people, together with the proposed single 
or double-room allocation:

Carmen BRITO and Jorge NUQEZ (double room)
Nechama BEN-ELIAHU and Maria Cristina GAMBI
Michel BHAUD and Oscar MONTERROSO
Franklin CARRASCO and Sandra CISTERNAS
Chang-Po CHEN and Hwey-Lian HSIEH
Victoria DIAZ-CASTANEDA (single room)
David GEORGE and Jennifer GEORGE
Louis GOSSELIN and Salvador HERRANDO-PEREZ
Patricia HUTCHINGS and Anna MURRAY
Daniel MARTIN and Dolors RUSSELL
Kenji OKOSHI and Waka SATO-OKOSHI, together with  Namiko OKOSHI e Kaiki
OKOSHI
Hideko OKOSHI and Kiyoshi OKOSHI
Guillermo SAN MARTIN and Iraida FERNANDEZ
Paul SCHROEDER and  Alice SCHROEDER
Vivianne SOLIS-WEISS (single room)
Romana CAPACCIONI-AZZATTI and Jose PARDO
Michelle THOMPSON and Birgit HILBIG (to confirm)
Ivan CAQETE and Oscar IRIBARNE

If you have planned to take part in the excursion and your name is NOT
included, please warn me as soon as possible. If you have not planned  to
take part in the excursion and your name IS included, please warn me as soon
as possible.

I will not be able to plan individual trips. At the best, I can send you
useful touristic information, but I will not be able to contact any further
travel agencies, hotels, and so on. I will definitely need your final
confirmations (including flight reservations)  NOT LATER than May 15 (and
preferably much earlier than that). No exceptions will be accepted, and this
deadend schedule will not be postponed. After that, I will be completely
unable to carry out any further arrangements concerning the postconference
excursions, because all my energy will be directed towards the scientific
agenda of the meeting itself.

PLEASE NOTICE THAT MANY OF YOU (NORTH-AMERICAN, CANADIAN, CHINESE,
AUSTRALIAN, MEXICAN, JAPANESE CITIZENS) WILL NEED A VALID BRAZILIAN VISA
(AND MAYBE AN ARGENTINEAN ONE). PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL
BRAZILIAN AND ARGENTINEAN EMBASSIES OR CONSULATES TO CHECK THIS.
A YELLOW-FEVER CERTIFICATE IS REQUIRED TO VISIT THE AMAZONIAN REGION. YOU
WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO FLY TO MANAUS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE.

Please reply directly to me and not to the Annelida list (do not use the
reply-to function in your e-mail application).  I really hope to get prompt
replies from you. Be sure all of you will have a most wonderful time in
Brazil. Looking forward to hearing from you soon, I send all my best
regards,

Paulo Lana
lana at aica.cem.ufpr.br


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