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There are several options of good hotels in the region of the Praimar Hotel & Convention, where CBSoft 2012 will be held. Among them, the Esmeralda Praia Hotel, will be used as the main hotel to receive the conference participants.

Esmeralda Praia Hotel has spacious rooms decorated with colourful local paints. They offer a large balcony, air conditioning, cable TV and minibar. Some also provide nice sea views. Guests enjoy a rich buffet breakfast daily, with a variety of tropical fruits, plus hot and cold regional specialities. Besides a Brazilian à la carte menu, the restaurant serves international cuisine as well.

Esmeralda features a modern waterpark with special lighting and direct access to Ponta Negra Beach. It offers panoramic views of Careca Hill, a Brazilian restaurant and a gym. Wi-Fi and parking are free.

The pool features hydro massage jets and lightning systems for chromotherapy. Children can have fun in the mini club, and for older visitors there is a game room. Massage services and sauna are also available.

The 4-star Esmeralda is close to shops, restaurants and bars. The historical centre is 10 minutes by car, and Natal Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

We have negotiated a special rate for all CBSoft participants who make their booking through the agency hired by the conference organization ("Michelle Tour", see below) as long as they still have rooms available" for the conference week. Other hotels with different prices are also presented to the participants.



You can book your accommodation

by using the following contact details:

Phone: +55 (84) 4009 – 0677

Patrícia Aciole – patriciaaciole@michelletour.com.br

accommodation cost ?





Hotels table and booking

The following hotels are available for booking through the agency working for the CBSoft 2012.


 Room type

Rate (Brazilian Real [BRL - R$]) CURRENCY CONVERTER

Per Day/person

Praiamar Natal****
(Conference venue)



R$ 200,00


R$ 115,00


R$ 100,00


R$ 95,00

Esmeralda Praia Hotel ****
(Official Conference hotel )


R$ 267,00


R$ 144.00



Premier Majestic Natal*****



R$ 205,00


R$ 102,50


R$ 86,66


R$ 80,00


Nationals from some countries, such as the USA and Canada, need to obtain an Entry Visa prior to traveling to Brazil. It is important to note that, in general, nationals from countries that are members of the European Union do not need a visa to enter Brazil for less than 90 days. Check if you need a visa to travel to Brazil here. U.S. passport holders need a tourist visa (an extra fee will be charged to attend a conference).


How to get there

Airports: The only major airport in the State of Rio Grande do Norte is Aeroporto Augusto Severo, in Parnamirim, about 18 km from downtown Natal. During 2000, the aiport was completely refurbished. Natal is not a major hub. There are a few direct flights to Natal from other major Brazilian state capitals but many flights have a connection in Recife or Salvador. Natal also receives direct flights from Europe: regular flights from Lisbon and charter flights from several european countries (Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden).

TTransfer from the airport to the hotels can be performed by purchasing a coupon at the airport. The responsible taxi company is Coopertaxi (phone: +55 84 3643 1183 +55 84 3643 1183 ); there is a company desk located in the airport.

Important information: Direct flights from Europe to Natal have a very high level of occupancy. It is wise to make early reservation in order to guarantee your seat on such flights (at least, you will get cheapest fares).

Buses: The main bus station of Natal is Rodoviária de Natal. There are buses to and fro, all major cities in northeast. Distances: João Pessoa: 180 km; Recife: 288 km; Fortaleza: 533 km.

Check out these bus companies:

  • Viação Nordeste from Natal to João Pessoa and Fortaleza.
  • Viação Progresso from Natal to Recife and São Luís.
  • São Geraldo from Natal to Maceió, Aracaju, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.


Financial information

The Brazilian currency is the Real (plural: Reais, abbreviation: BRL). At the date of this writing, 1USD = 1,8BRL and 1EUR = 2,70BRL. Most shops, restaurants and hotels accept Visa or Mastercard. You can also change quite easily several foreign currencies (mainly US dollar, Euro, Scandinavian currencies, British pound) to Reais. Prices are cheaper than in Europe or than in North-America, especially in the services industry as the cost of labor is much lower.

Please access Brazil Central Bank for complete currency exchange rates.



As Natal is located only 5 degrees south of the equator, the population enjoys year-long mild (22C) to hot (35C) temperatures. A constant breeze from the ocean tricks people into forgetting that the sun is very strong. The incidence of UV rays is one of the highest of Brazil and it is strongly recommended to avoid sun-bathing during the hours of the technical sessions!


Touristic destinations

You may want to extend your stay for a few days and discover some of the following activities:

  • Rest at the hotel, walk on the beach, swim in a lukewarm ocean, sip an exotic dream to refill your energies and come back full force to your daily occupations.
  • Visit the ecological paradise of the Fernando de Noronha island, a World Heritage property of Unesco, just one hour away of plane from Natal.
  • Dive in the reefs of Maracajaú.
  • Practice or learn surf, kite surf, wind surf, sand board, etc.
  • Discover the magnificent beaches of the state of Rio Grande do Norte: Pipa, São Miguel do Gostoso, Genipabu, etc., etc.