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Welcome & Important Reminders

Welcome to Hemispheric Integrations: Theoretical Frameworks for the Future of Vocal Practice & Pedagogy, the 2023 VASTA Annual Conference & 2nd CEUVOZ International Meeting of Voice and Speech; in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, from July 10 to 14, 2023.

For this year's conference we have different locations for the various activities: Teatro de la Ciudad, Centro Cultural La Paz, Centro Administrativo La Paz & Hotel Araiza Palmira (our host hotel). Addresses for the various venues are listed further down the page. 

 

  • The inauguration of the conference will take place on July 10 at 6:00 p.m., in Teatro de la Ciudad, followed by a welcome dinner at Centro Cultural La Paz. 

  • July 11, 12 & 13 will be our busiest days and will take place at Centro Administrativo La Paz & Hotel Araiza Palmira, for which we will have transportation for all participants. 

  • On July 13, after a free afternoon where you can explore La Paz for a few hours, we will meet for a Noche Bohemia (Bohemian Night) to share some time together. 

  • On the last day (July 14) all activities will take place at the Hotel Araiza Palmira.


Important: If you are not staying at Hotel Araiza Palmira, on Tuesday, July 11 at 8:30 am you must be there for the bus to take attendees to the Centro Administrativo La Paz for our first day of activities.

Climate, Clothing, & Gear

 

In July, La Paz, Baja California Sur, has a hot and dry desert climate, although some sporadic rain is possible; it is important to note that humidity can further increase the wind chill. Average temperatures range between 27°C (80°F)  and 36°C (97°F), although they can exceed 40°C (104°F) on some days. The nights are usually cooler, with minimum temperatures around 24°C (75°F). It is recommended to bring fresh clothing and sunscreen, as well as a light jacket and umbrella (for shade and possible light rain).

 

We highly recommend bringing the following items to the conference:

 

  • Clothing: comfortable clothes that allow free movement.

  • A bottle for water: the venues will have jugs of water available for you.

  • Given the conditions of the venue, it is important that you consider bringing a yoga mat, blanket, or towel for the activities on the floor; the rooms do not have carpets and the floors are cool and hard. 

  • Since the places where you will work have air conditioning, we suggest you bring a scarf or a light sweater to avoid sudden changes in temperature.

  • Please keep your mobile phone turned off or in airplane mode during presentations and workshops, it will help us create a favourable environment to work.

 

For any questions or needs that may arise, you can send a WhatsApp message to Antonio Ocampo Guzmán at +1(857)7077435 or Tania González Jordán at +525527217316. They will be happy to help you.

What to Bring

Transportation

La Paz Airport:

We will have shuttles to transport participants from La Paz airport to Araiza Palmira, our host hotel. Due to the number of participants and the diversity of arrival times, we have determined a schedule of 3 arrival shuttles and 3 return shuttles. This is the timeline for transportation:

 

  • Monday, July 10: from the La Paz Airport to the Araiza Palmira Hotel - 12:00, 14:00 & 18:00 hrs. 

  • Friday, July 14: from the Araiza Palmira Hotel to the La Paz Airport - 5:00, 8:00 & 13:00 hrs.

 

In case there is any change in these schedules we will let you know as soon as possible. The official opening of the Conference will take place on July 10 at 6:00 p.m., at Teatro de la Ciudad; therefore, those who take the last shuttle will not be able to participate in the opening event but will be able to join us for the welcome dinner at Centro Cultural La Paz (16 de Septiembre 120, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz).

You can also use the airport taxi service, its cost ranges between $300.00 and $370.00 (Mexican pesos).

Los Cabos Airport: 

It is important to let you know that we do not have means of transportation that can transfer you from the Los Cabos airport to La Paz; therefore, if your flight arrives at this airport, you must find your own means of transport.

Here you have a couple of other options to get from Los Cabos airport to La Paz, in case you need it:

 

https://www.mytransfers.com/en/destination/mexico/los-cabos-airport-sjd/la-paz/

https://www.checkmybus.com/los-cabos-bs-airport/la-paz-bs

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/San-Jose-Cabo-Airport-SJD/La-Paz-Mexico

24 HOUR TAXI SITES

Triángulo verde +52(612)122 03 08

Taxi Sitio +52(612)124 71 03

Unión de taxistas +52(612)121 31 54

Misión +52(613)120 30 00

Sitio Col. Pueblo Nuevo +52(612)122 08 57

Estrella A.C. +52(612)122 25 55

Liberación +52(612)166 17 30

California +52(612)122 01 56

Sitio La Paz +52(612)125 81 81

Salvatierra +52(612)122 00 70

Flecha roja +52(612)121 07 00

BeelTaxi +52(612)123 54 30

El Presidente +52(612)122 44 32

La Paz +52(615)157 05 92

Estado 30 +52(613)132 06 63

Registration, Housing, & Meals

 

The conference registration desk will open on Monday, July 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hotel Araiza Palmira; it is important to consider that, even if you are not staying at Hotel Araiza Palmira, the desk for the conference will be at this location, and you must register at this venue. During your registration you will be given a welcome kit with the timeline of activities. If you arrive on Monday night after this time, extended registration hours will open on Tuesday at the Centro Administrativo La Paz, our venue for most activities.

The check-in of the rooms of Hotel Araiza Palmira will begin on July 10 from 3:00 p.m. The conference ends on July 14 at 12:00 noon, so we recommend packing your bags before the start of activities (which will be at 9:00 a.m.) and checking out no later than 12:30 pm.

 

It is important to note that the conference registration and meeting point for shuttle departures will take be at Hotel Araiza Palmira; if you are staying elsewhere, you will need to join us on this venue on your own to integrate into the day's activities. The departure and arrival times of the shuttle service will be displayed on the program you will receive at your registration. Nevertheless, please let us know where you will be staying so that we can be aware in case of any inconvenience or emergency. Email conference.director@vasta.org with any questions or emergencies. 


Your dinners are covered from July 10 to 13, lunches from July 11 to 13 and, for those staying at the Hotel Araiza Palmira, breakfasts from July 11 to 14. You must show your name badge and deliver the corresponding ticket when entering the places for meals. Here we present some restaurant options in case you want to investigate them and look at their menus:

RESTAURANTS

 

El Bismarkcito

Paseo Alvaro Obregon entre Constitución e Hidalgo, Zona Comercial, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S

Vrentino Resturant, at the Club El Moro

Blvd. Alberto Alvarado Aramburo #7, Colina del Sol, 23010 La Paz, B.C.S.

Oliva Al Mare

Paseo Álvaro Obregón 440, Esterito, 23020 La Paz, B.C.S.

Restaurant Rivet

Paseo Álvaro Obregón 490, Esterito, 23020 La Paz, B.C.S.

Rin Rin Pizza

Paseo Álvaro Obregón 710, Esterito, 23020 La Paz, B.C.S.

Planeta Veggie La Paz (vegetarian)

Cl. 5 de Mayo 342, Zona Comercial, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

Capuchino Café Bar (vegetarian)

Lerdo de Tejada Esq. Antonio, A. Mijares, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S

Lazzo de Tinto La Paz

Marina Palmira, muelle 3, Bahía Pichilingue Km 2.5, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

SeaSide Restaurant

Carretera a Pichilingue KM 5 Al lado de Hotel La Concha, Palmira, 23010 La Paz, B.C.S.

Mango Blues (vegetarian)

Calle Nicolas Bravo #125, Entre Revolucion y, C. Francisco I. Madero, Zona Central, 23090 La Paz, B.C.S.

CONFERENCE VENUES

La Paz, Baja California Sur, México 

Hotel Araiza - Palmira

Blvd. Alberto Alvarado Arámburo s/n. Col. Lomas de Palmira

or

Boulevard Alberto Alvarado Aramburo, Norte Fracc, Lomas de Palmira, 23010 La Paz, B.C.S., México

Teatro de la Ciudad

Navarro s/n, esquina con Altamirano y Héroes de Independencia, Zona Central

or

Antonio Navarro e/ Altamirano y H. de Independencia, Centro, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., México 

Centro Cultural La Paz

16 de septiembre, equina Belisario Dominguez, Zona Central

or

16 de Septiembre 120, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., México

Centro Administrativo La Paz

Carretera a Pichilingue Km, 09+450, Predio La Enfermería

or 

México 11 516, 23060 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

PLACES OF INTEREST

 

THE PIER:

Malecón La Paz (La Paz Pier)

P.º Malecón, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

Kiosko del Malecón (Pier Kiosk)

Paseo Álvaro Obregón, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

MUSEUMS:

Museo de Arte de Baja California Sur (Baja California Sur Museum of Art)

Cl. 5 de Mayo SN-S"BANCO VITAL", Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia (Regional Museum of Anthropology and History)

Calle Ignacio Altamirano s/n, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

Museo de la Ballena y Ciencias del Mar (Museum of the Whale and Marine Sciences)

Navarro s/n entre Altamirano y Gómez Farías Unidad Cultural Prof. Jesús Castro Agúndez, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

Casa del Artesano Sudcaliforniano (House of the South Californian Artisan)

Paseo Álvaro Obregón, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

OTHER SITES:

Jardín Velasco (Velasco Gardens)

Revolución de 1910, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace)

Revolución de 1910 S/N, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

La Paz Cultural Centre

16 de Septiembre 120, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S.

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