XIVth IWRA World Water Congress

DATE: September 25-29, 2011 - VENUE: Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco – Brazil





Porto de Galinhas

The XIV World Water Congress will be held in ENOTEL RESORT - Porto de Galinhas, a very pleasant site near Recife.

Porto de Galinhas is located in the municipality of Ipojuca, a prosperous town in Recife Metropolitan Region.

Porto de Galinhas offers hotels of international acclaim and world standard resorts with accommodation so close to the beach that it is possible to sleep to the sound of waves lapping the shore. The town has an ever growing gastronomic diversity including local seafood, Japanese sushi, Italian pasta and dishes prepared using local fruits and vegetables.

The region of Porto de Galinhas boasts more than 10 miles of white sandy beaches with clear warm water and coconut palms. Although only 35 miles (45 minutes by car) from Guararapes International Airport in Recife, the place seems to be far from city life. There are 7 linked beaches from Camboa to Maracaípe and its beautiful "Pontal", to Muro Alto, Cupe and Porto de Galinhas beach. For the seventh consecutive year, Porto de Galinhas has been voted the best beach destination in Brazil by the magazine Viagem e Turismo (Travel and Tourism). For further details see www.portodegalinhas.pe.gov.br

Recife has an important historic patrimony, represented by ancient buildings, mainly in the XVII to XIX centuries, such as big houses, wonderful baroque architecture churches, such as Capela Dourada (Dourada Chapel), and the fortresses which protected the city. The museums exhibits its luxurious culture and not only the local history. There are many options of specialized restaurants. Almost all are simple and offer an authentic food from the local people on Pernambuco state.

Among the historic places in Recife there is the first synagogue of the Americas, that was risen up in the XVII century and which keeps some original walls and houses a small museum. The XIX century building, where was a prison, was changed into Casa da Cultura (Culture's House) and each cell houses a crafts store of the region. The Oficina de Cerâmica Francisco Brennand (Francisco Brennand Ceramic Shop) exhibits expositions of one of the most important names of the Pernambuco contemporary sculpture. The Ricardo Brennand Institute, settled on a building of medieval style, has a heap which includes pieces of the Dutches command period in Recife, besides of white weapons and armors.

Average September temperature: 28o C / 90o F


Porto de Galinhas is located 45 minutes far away from Guararapes/Gilberto Freire International Airport in Recife. There will be buses at the airport to take the participants to Porto de Galinhas.


Brazil requires the prior issue of a visa for citizens of countries which make the same requirement for Brazilian citizens. Congress participants should apply for a visa for this specific purpose. The Local Organizing Committee will provide you a letter of invitation in order for you to apply for a visa at the Brazilian Consulate nearest to your place of residence. In addition to your valid passport, you must also show means of support in Brazil and a return ticket.

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