Meeting Venue

The 10th International Shallow Lakes Conference will be held in Natal, RN, Brazil, at Praiamar Hotel & Convention, located on the famous Ponta Negra Beach, from June 21-26th, 2020.

Travel Information

The following information is provided to make travel, especially international, as convenient as possible. Once you have completed the conference registration process you will find participant letters under your registration account, which you are free to print for your convenience. The conference organizing committee is willing to provide information whenever possible. However, please note the following:

  • Invitation and participation letters cannot be issued to potential attendees until registration and full payment are made.
  • Conference organizers are unable to send invitation letters directly to consulates on behalf of a potential attendee. Invitation letters are prepared solely for individuals and are emailed directly to them.
  • It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and completed in a timely manner before you start your journey. It is recommended that application for a visa be made at least 10 weeks prior to the proposed travel dates.
  • People visiting from other countries are required to have a valid passport and possibly other documentation. Contact your nearest embassy or consulate with any questions or concerns regarding your travel requirements.

Transportation from/to the airport

It takes approximately a 50-minute drive from the São Gonçalo do Amarante airport to Ponta Negra neighborhood in Natal where the meeting venue is located. Taxi cabs and Uber are available for pick-up and drop-off at the airport. 

General information about Natal

  • Population: 877,662 inhabitants
  • Elevation: 45 m
  • Area: 167,160 km2
  • Climate: Tropical humid
  • Average temperature: 28 ° C

Want to go out to eat, drink and chat in Natal? See some options!

Brazil as a whole, including Natal, has many self-service restaurants, where food costs per kilo, depending on how much each person eats. Besides the kilo restaurants, as they are known in Brazil, there are several other options around the place. It has pizzerias, gourmet burgers, northeastern regional food, Japanese, Italian, Lebanese, Mexican, etc.. Again, prices vary considerably depending on the restaurant chosen.


  • Italian: Páprika Pizzaria e Restaurante – 350 m
  • Italian: Mazzano Restaurante e Pizzaria – 400 m
  • Contemporary fish cuisine: Camarões Restaurante – 450 m
  • Mexican: Guacamole Natal – 450 m
  • Self-service/Sushi: Restaurante Pinga Fogo – 500 m
  • Chinese: China in Box – 500 m
  • Japanese: Lotus Japanese – 600 m
  • Seafood: Camarões Potiguar – 700 m
  • Meat and fish: Restaurante Farofa D’água – 700 m
  • Mineira: Restaurante Mina D’água – 700 m
  • Steak House: Restaurante Fogo e Chama – 750 m
  • Self service regional food: Mangai Ponta Negra – 800 m
  • Vegan: Samosaria Hare – 850 m
  • Tapioca: Casa de Taipa Tapiocaria – 1,4 km
  • Lebanese: Rachid’s – 1,2 km
  • Northeastern Steakhouse: Tábua de Carne – 2,1 km
  • Steak House: Sal e Brasa – 3,4 km

Drinks, snacks

  • Bar: Barraco – 550 m
  • Bar and shows: Wesley’s Bar – 550 m
  • Regional cuisine/drinks: Curió Pra Cumê e Beber – 850 m

Take memories

  • Mandacaru Artesanato: 350m
  • Feirinha de Artesanato de Ponta Negra: 650 m
  • Praia Shopping: 1,4 Km
  • Shopping do Artesanato Potiguar: 1,5 km

Local entertainment and tourism

Natal is one of the main tourist destinations in Northeastern Brazil and widely sought by Portuguese, Spanish, Italians, Germans and Norwegians. However, except Ponta Negra, most of the attractions that made Natal famous in Brazil and abroad are from outside the city limits. This is the case of Genipabu, São Miguel do Gostoso, the Rio do Fogo and Maracajaú reefs, the Galinhos estuarine point, the Baía Formosa surf spot, the freshwater lagoons of Buzios and the beaches and dolphins of the cosmopolitan Pipa.

Natal is also strategic if you want to visit the Brazilian ocean diving paradise. Fernando de Noronha Archipelago. There are daily flights to the island from Natal airport. Given that it is an isolated oceanic archipelago, housing prices, food and gifts on the island are high, but it is definitely worth it for those who have traveled long distances to reach Northeast Brazil.

See where to look for tours in RN