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Cancellation policy

No refunds will be provided; however, you can indicate a substitute person at no additional cost.

Travelling information

The most convenient wat to reach Pirenopolis is to arrive at Brasilia Airport. We will provide transfer from Brasilia Airport to Pirenopolis, upon request at an additional cost. Please, send an email to



Please contact Ms. Elisabete Simabuco, e-mail: or by phone (11) 99750 8361 or (12) 3663 2166 for information about Shuttle to and from Pousada dos Pireneus Resort.

Visa and currency

Participants should check with their local travel agents whether they will require a visa for traveling to Brazil. It is recommended to apply well in advance of the meeting.

The Brazilian currency is the Real. Major credit cards are widely accepted in Brazil. In Brasilia airport there are exchange houses of the main foreign currencies.
For further information, please send us an e-mail to

Letter of invitation

All participants requiring letters of invitation should inform the 9th Brazilian Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry secretariat as early as possible.

Such invitations are only for the purpose of assisting participants to raise travel funds or to obtain visas. No financial commitment on the part of the organizers is implied. Please address your request to or

Goiás and Pirenópolis


Goiás is a state located in the mid-west region of Brazil. The state is characterized by a landscape of plateaus and covered with a woodland savanna known in Brazil as ‘Cerrado’. The name Goiás (formerly, Goyaz) comes from the name of an indigenous community. The original word seems to have been ‘guaiá’, meaning ‘the same person’ or ‘people of the same origin’.

Goiás bears witness to the occupation and colonization of the interior of Brazil in the 18thand 19thcenturies. Its urban design is characteristic of the organic development and adaptation of mining towns. Although modest, the architecture of its public and private buildings presents great harmony, the result of the widespread use of local materials and techniques in their construction, among other factors.

The local cuisine is one of the most diverse in Brazil. Cuisine in this region uses a lot of meat, since livestock is one of the most important economic activities around. The ‘galinhada’ is the best-known dish of the state, made with rice, chicken and ‘pequi’ (is an edible fruit popular in region), which can also be replaced by ‘guariroba’ (a species of heart of palm). However, some care needs to be taken when eating pequi, since it has spines surrounding the pit, which can lodge in mouth causing considerable pain. Other popular dishes in the region are:

  • Empadão goiano: a pie that takes pork, sausage, chicken, guariroba and cheese;
  • Feijão-tropeiro: uma mistura de casca de porco, linguiça, feijão, cebola picada e farinha de mandioca;
  • Maria Isabel rice: it takes meats and species from the region;
  • Fish in the tile: it can be done with the fish ‘Surubim’, lots of peppers, onions, garlic and goat pepper;
  • ‘Paçoca’ of dried meat: a mixture made from cassava flour, dried meat and minced onion;
  • ‘Pamonha’: a sweetish concoction of which green corn paste is the chief ingredient, rolled and baked in fresh corn husks);
  • ‘Vaca atolada’ (mired cow): a beef rib dish prepared with cassava and cooked in a pressure cooker;
  • ‘Canjica’: a sweet dough made from ground corn and coconut milk, served with sugar and cinnamon;
  • ‘Pé de moleque’: a candy made of brown sugar and peanuts;


The charming Pirenópolis, or just Piri, is a welcoming city in the Goiás. Its origin dates back to the discovery of precious metals in the first half of the 18thcentury. However, with the decadence of mining it was relegated to isolation for much of the 20thcentury, being rediscovered in the 1970s with the arrival of the Brasilia, on the Central Plateau of Brazil. The city is served by paved roads, and road transport is the most common way of reaching the town. There are two nearby airports: Brasília (capital of Brazil at 150 km) and Goiânia (state’s capital at 120-km).

The culinary is one of the Piri attractions, along with the famous ‘Rua do Lazer’ with its bars and restaurants providing a popular meeting point for residents and tourists. Furthermore, tourists can taste the famous colonial-style breakfast spread that includes: corn bread, ‘pamonha’, fried cookies, ausage, cheese bread, ‘empadão goiano’, assorted fruit juices, etc..

Behind the cobblestone streets lit by colonial lanterns, Piri hides the secrets of a town that is pure history. The city has several flamboyant mansions and archaic churches, such as: First Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (1728–1732), Churches of Our Lady of the Carmo (1750–1754) and the Church of Our Lord of the Bonfim (1750–1754), and buildings such as the Theater of Pirenópolis, a hybrid style between colonial and neo-classic, of 1899, and the Cine-Pireneus, built in the art-deco style, of 1919 and the House of Chamber and Jail constructed in 1919 as an identical restoration of the 1733 original.

The city is also known all over Brazil for its popular festivals, especially the “Cavalhadas”. The Cavalhadas were introduced in 1826, in which horsemen representing Moors and Christians recreate a battle fought by Charlemagne. The Festas de Cavalhadas feature a parade beginning with a bugle fanfare announcing the knight’s pages, then the mounted knights displaying their colors. Wearing papier-maché helmets, the Christian knights wear blue, the Moors wear red.  Consequently, Piri was declared national historic patrimony in 1989.

In parallel, tourists can venture their way into hundreds of waterfalls, take easy hikes through wonderful and diverse natural settings, visit natural preserves or try their hand at radical sports, such as trekking, rappelling, rafting and zipline. The climate is sub-tropical with dry season, which goes from April to September. Parts of the municipality are mountainous and maintain some climatic variations due to altitude. So take your sunglasses, sunscreen and swimsuits.

Official agency

Campos do Jordão Eventos com Elisabete Simabuco
Fone: (11) 99750 8361 WhatsApp ou (12) 3663 2166
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