Venue and Accommodation

Participants be advised: Some conference attendees have been contacted by a UK based travel company called Business Travel Management, offering hotel reservations near the conference venue. This company is not recommended by the organizers, and is in no way related to the conference. We further believe this might be a scam. Please do not accept or respond to any of their emails. 

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Centro Universitario Regional del Este (CURE, www.cure.edu.uy) of the Universidad de la República (UdelaR), Uruguay. The CURE is located at Tacuarembó street. During the conference, transportation from the main hotel (TBA) to the venue will be available for participants.


Accommodation

The suggested hotels for the conference are the Hotel Barradas and the Golden Beach Hotel, both located close to the Punta del Este bus station – less than 15 and 5 minutes walking distance, respectively. Reduced prices are offered to participants that contact these hotels directly and mention the conference.

For the Barradas Hotel, the reduced prices are as follow:

  • Standard single room:     US$ 97 (USD)
  • Standard double room:   US$ 107 (USD)
  • Superior single room:      US$ 107 (USD)
  • Superior double room:    US$ 117 (USD)

Please contact reservas@hotelbarradas.com.uy referencing the event to get the discount in your reservation or call +598 4249 4444.

For the Golden Beach Hotel, the reduced prices are as follow:

  • Standard single room:     US$ 85 (USD)
  • Standard double room:   US$ 90 (USD)
  • Superior single room:      US$ 107 (USD)
  • Superior double room:    US$ 112 (USD)

Please contact reservas@goldenbeach.com.uy referencing the event to get the discount in your reservation or call +598 4244 1314.

A bus will depart from the Golden Beach Hotel every morning at 8:00am to pick up participants attending the conference, later passing by the Barradas Hotel at 8:20am, and finally arriving to the CURE (conference venue). Similarly, the return will also be arranged to stop at these 2 hotels.

More hotels will be suggested in the following days. Please, do not accept offers from hotel and travel agencies that do not come directly recommended by the Organizing Committee, as these will surely be more expensive, or far from the conference venue.

Students are reminded that they can apply for a limited number of free accommodations at a student residence close to the venue.


How to arrive to Punta del Este

Flying to Uruguay

We strongly recommend flying into Uruguay via Montevideo International Carrasco Airport. Below you can find all airports with direct flights into Montevideo (click to enlarge).

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If flying from outside South America, we recommend planning for a layover in São Paulo, Miami, Panama or Madrid, as these are airports with a larger number of flights inbound from around the world.

If flying into São Paulo (Brazil) or Buenos Aires (Argentina), please note there are two airports in each city: Guarulhos and Congonhas in São Paulo, and Aeroparque and Ezeiza in Buenos Aires. Plan your trip accordingly, taking into account inbound and outbound airports, and layover times. Transit between airports can be time consuming and/or expensive, and will imply checking out your luggage, and checking in again at the new airport.

When planning connecting flights, please take into consideration the Alliances different airlines belong to. This will simplify purchasing tickets and transit between flights:

  • SkyTeam Alliance: Air Europa, Gol Linhas Aéreas
  • Oneworld Alliance: American Airlines, Iberia, LATAM
  • Star Alliance: Copa Airlines, Gol Linhas Aéreas

Travelling from Montevideo to Punta del Este

The inter-city bus service in Uruguay is of good quality. Two bus companies, named COT and COPSA, operate between Montevideo and Punta del Este, both having bus shuttles going from Montevideo’s main bus terminal (Tres Cruces) and from the airport. These buses depart from Terminal Tres Cruces at Montevideo, having a stop at the Carrasco Airport to pick up arriving passengers. Both companies have commercial offices at Tres Cruces Terminal, but only COT has a commercial office at the Carrasco Airport. The distance from Montevideo to Punta del Este is approximately 140km, which takes the bus about 2 hours from Montevideo.

Montevideo International Carrasco Airport

Airport Bus Stop: The Bus Stop is located on the far right of the Airport Exit. Do mind that buses with destinations other than Punta del Este also call at the Airport Stop, therefore, please make sure to check that the sign stating the destination at the upper front of the bus you are going to board reads: “Punta del Este”.

Bus Schedule: Buses to Punta del Este pass by the airport approximately every 30 minutes. If you want detailed information, go to the web site of Terminal Tres Cruces. In Spanish ‘schedule’ is ‘horario’, and ‘destination’ is ‘destino’, select “MONTEVIDEO” and “PUNTA DEL ESTE” on your right. You can also find this information in the web pages of the bus companies: COT schedule and COPSA schedule. For those buses bounded for Punta del Este that go by the Airport, the time it takes to go from Tres Cruces to the Airport is about 30 minutes, so in these cases the time of arrival to the Airport is the time of departure from Terminal Tres Cruces plus 30 minutes (approximately).

Bus Tickets: You can buy the ticket on the bus after boarding, or in case of choosing COT, at the counter on their commercial office near the Airport bus stop. It is convenient to buy the ticket before boarding the bus in order to secure a seat. The Bus fare from Carrasco Airport to Punta del Este is 288U$ (Uruguayan pesos, UYU), which is about 10 U$S (American dollars, USD). Buses boarded at Tres cruces or at the Punta del Este Terminal have a boarding tax fare in addition to the regular fare, which for Tres Cruces is 16$ (0.5 U$S). Money exchange are 24 hours open in the Airport Hall, where you will also find Automatic Teller Machines that have better exchange rates.