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How do I get to the Casa
You can travel to the Casa either independently or as part of a group led by a guide.
For anyone with some experience of international travel, getting to Abadiânia is not too difficult. You fly to either Rio or Sao Paolo and get a connecting flight to Brasilia (which has more connections) or to Goiânia. It's then a 90 minute taxi drive to Abadiânia. You can book your accomodation at a guest house or "pousada" in advance and they will usually send a taxi to meet you if you ask. Many people choose to visit the Casa independently. All the information you need on how to do this is contained in the Casa Guide. If you have any questions you can use the Message Board.
For anyone who wants the additional comfort and security of visiting the Casa as part of a group led by an experienced guide, there are now plenty to choose from. We suggest you visit their websites, check out the "standards for guides" and then make contact by telephone or email in order to satisfy yourself that you are getting the service you want.
Some countries, such as the U.S.A, require a tourist visa to enter Brazil, which involves a fee and some lead-time. Contact your regional office of the Consulate General of Brazil to obtain a visa application form. A U.S. citizen must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond arrival date in Brazil to obtain a visa. For help with travel arrangements from the U.S, check with the either of the following agencies.
Brazilian American Cultural Club (BACC) travel office for discounted air fares at (800) 222-2746 (NYC 212-730-1010). (Note: they can also help with travel visas.)
Brazil Fiesta Tours and Visa Service, San Francisco Phone (415) 986-1134 (800) 200-0582; FAX (415) 986-3029; Email: AlexM@BrazilFiesta.com; Website www.brazilfiesta.com or Discover Brazil Tours, Miami, Florida Phone (305) 382-9443 (800) 524-3666; FAX (305) 382-9446; Cellphone: 305 632 3592; Email Eliane@discoverbraziltours.com; website www.discoverbraziltours.com (Also help in arranging visas)
Discounters, aka "bucket shops" may have similar or even better deals. Look for ads in the newspaper travel section (e.g., New York Times or other major metropolitan newspaper) or internet sites.
If you must go to a government office to renew your visa, you are advised not to wear shorts, a short skirt or sleeveless top. Your visa can be extended in Policia Federal in Anápolis.
Location & Transportation
The Casa de Dom Inácio (Ig-nah’-see-oo) is located in the village of Abadiânia (Ah-bah-djah-yuh) in the state of Goiás (Gway-sh). The village lies between two airports which service the area, Brasilia (BSB), 103 km and Goiânia (GYN), 91 km. Both airports are within a 2-hour taxi ride. Taxi is the preferred method for reaching the village, though rental cars and buses are available at the airports.
Length of stay
The Casa is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week. A two-week stay is sometimes preferable; more time may be even better, depending on your case. Some people choose to stay for months; no length of stay is excessive. You may wish to ask the Entity. Ten days (Wed–Fri) will cover 2 weeks of Casa events. Plan to arrive before the Casa opens for its first session on Wednesday at 8 a.m. A second session is held at 2 p.m., and the same schedule is repeated on Thursday and Friday. Additional time allows for follow-up visits to the Entity, more opportunities to sit in the current rooms, to use the crystal bed, rest and relax.
João tries to maintain programs at the Casa every week, but he occasionally travels or is not available for some other reason. Current information concerning times the Casa is off-schedule will shortly be available on this website.
There is no charge for the healing, but you must pay for your herbal capsules or crystal bed sessions, if any are prescribed for you. Room, board, and ground transportation are the principal expenses. Some optional items are bottled water, snacks, laundry, souvenirs, books, video tapes, and crystal-bed therapy sessions.
Be prepared to pay airport taxes on your return flight: typically less than R$10 for national flights, as much as R$72 for international flights. Credit cards and travelers’ checks are accepted for payment.
The Brazilian currency is the real (plural reais). Exchange rates fluctuate daily; check with your local financial institution, travel agent, or internet site for current rates. Getting or changing money is a major nuisance. Bring more than enough cash - preferably change into reais as soon as you arrive in Brazil, and lock it in your luggage in your room. Keep some U.S. currency in small denominations. Cash gives you the best rate of exchange; travelers’ checks are not recommended, as few places will accept them, not even some regional banks.
ATMs may or may not work; the ins-and-outs of bank locations / hours / facilities would take pages to outline for you! Machines / banks giving cash advances for VISA and to a lesser extent, Mastercard are common in large towns and cities. You must have your PIN number to use Visa card for cash-advance. Some ATM cards can be used, but only in large cities, which requires lengthy travel from Abadiânia. The village bank does not exchange foreign money, nor does it have an ATM.
Most travel agencies in Anápolis (including the Varig agency and various individuals) will exchange US dollars (and often French / Swiss francs and pounds sterling) for rates better than the bank rate. Only banks can legally change foreign currency, but this is common and not particularly hazardous.
When changing into reais, try to get plenty of smaller bills (R$1’s and R$5’s), as few places in the village can give change for larger ones. (Note: The Portuguese phrase for "I would like to change some dollars/pounds into Reais" is, Queria trocar dólares/libras em reais; pronounced ker-reeer troo`kar doller-rish/leebrush aym reh-ighsh.) In some instances, U.S. dollars in small denominations can be used for purchases or tips. Some shops will accept U.S. dollars for purchases, but at a less favorable exchange rate. Anyone other than banks accepting foreign currency is illegal, although common, and rates may be unfavorable - or better! Ask long-term guests at the pousadas where they get the best rates in Anápolis; we cannot offer you information on illicit transactions.
It is better to have too much Brazilian money than too little; you can usually find someone grateful to take extra reais off your hands in exchange for your currency or U.S. dollars. Save some reais or dollars for airport taxes.
Bank hours: (info at Mar 2003)
Banco de Brasil - Brasilia airport
Monday - Friday: 11am - 4pm
Banco de Brasil - São Paolo airport
Monday - Friday: 8am - 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9.30am - ?
Post Office hours:
Brasilia airport (info at Mar 2003)
Monday - Saturday: 8am - 9pm
Sundays & Public holidays: 9am - 5pm
Sao Paulo airport (info at Nov 2002)
7.30am - 10.30pm everyday
Smart VIP Office, Brasilia airport (info at Mar 2003)
7am - 11pm everyday
Intercom@x, Sao Paulo Airport provides communications, computing, email and fax facilities.
Monday to Friday: 7am-10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7am-5pm
[www.intercomax.com.br / (11) 6445 2388]
Brazilian Portuguese is the spoken language. There are several English-speaking aides at the Casa. Spanish, Italian, and German languages are also spoken by a few villagers and staff members.
What to pack
Brazil’s subtropical temperatures vary only slightly annually in this high plateau region. The dry season runs from May to October. Daytime temperatures average 75-85° F/23-30°C, with cooler evenings and early mornings. You may wish to pack a light sweater or jacket, and rain gear.
Bring comfortable, loose-fitting white or light-colored clothing for visiting the Casa (preferable, but not mandatory), casual clothing for elsewhere, a towel (although most pousadas supply small ones), wash cloth, personal soap, laundry detergent, voltage transformer and adapter for any electrical appliances (voltage is 22O), mosquito repellent and umbrella (during rainy season), sunscreen, sun hat, comfortable shoes, camera, flashlight, film, Portuguese/English phrasebook/dictionary. (see 6), and a small folding seat if you cannot stand comfortably for long periods and wish to sit close to the stage.
FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION / PRICES FOR HOTELS & POUSADAS PLEASE REFER TO ABADIANIA PORTAL WEBSITE
There are numerous inns (pousadas) and rooms-to-let in the village near the Casa, and in the main part of town across the highway. At the date of this writing, you can arrive in Abadiânia without reservations and easily find lodging. If you prefer the convenience of reservations, see Resources for pousada telephone/fax numbers and mailing addresses. The pousadas are simple, clean and safe, and offer single, double, and dormitory-style accommodations. Most rooms have private baths, and all include a light breakfast. Most serve lunches and dinners in their dining rooms, but some offer meals only when there are ten or more guests. Full board is inexpensive, however, meals are readily available elsewhere.
Hotel Aconchego (on the highway)
Amor e Luz Pousada
Hotel Azevedo & Restaurant
Av Francisca Texeira Damas, Avenida Frontal 721
Av JK No 483, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania, 62 3343 1162 / 62 8472 3335 email@example.com Rooms with TVs, 40 reais per day. Longer stays rates are negotiable. (Price at May 2015)
Rua Infancia Qd. B Lt 23, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania Go Brasil. 62 3343 1488 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pousadaamoreluz.com Arthur owns this pousada and has taxis and a van 62 9629 8402 Arthur Carlos - Property Manager & Taxi in Abadiania. 18 rooms with 38 people, 120 reais per day with 3 meals. (Price at 2015)
Av Getulio Vargas 462, Abadiania Goias 72940-000 62 3343 2248 / 8598 6026 - Portuguese some English. www.pousadaandressa.com.br Amancio 12 rooms 35 people, 80 reais with breakfast. (Price at May 2015)
Av JK No. 333, Centro Abadiania, (on th highway) 62 3343 1138, Ideth Chagas is the owner, Portuguese, Fabian speaks English. Fans in room, with TV 40 reais (no food included), without TV 35 reasis. 25 rooms holding 75 people, 24 hour reception. Even though it is on the highway it is given high marks. Restaurant has excellent food, but check if dish has pimenta if you are on Casa herbs. Many Brazilians stay here. (Price at May 2015)
Buddha House - Abadiania
Avenida Francisca Texeira Damas no. 681
Rua 5 No. 103, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania
Hotel San Raphael
Av Francisca Texiera Damas 729, Abadiania GO Brasil (30 second walk to the Casa) Costa, the owner, can be contacted directly at +55 62 3343 2383 email@example.com
105 rooms with 150 people. 115 reais per person per day with 3 meals, 220 per double per day with 3 meals. Multilingual staff, free telephone calls to the U.S.A, unlimited free internet (Wireless and broadband), laundry service, free assistance to the Casa.
Irmâo Sol, Irmâ Lua "Martin's"
Av. Antonia Pereira da Silva, Q. 08 L. 01
Pousada Jardim Dos Anjos
Av. Belem Qd 16 Lt 01
Rua Servidao, Chaccara 6, Lindo Horizonte BR 72940-000
Rua 05 Chacara 07, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania GO Brasil
Pousada Caminho Encantado
Av. Frontal B, Chaccara 10, Lindo Horizonte BR 72940-000
Hotel Rei Davi
Av. Belem, Qd 14, Lotes 14 a 16, Bairro Lindo Horizonte
Phone: 062 3343 1145
whatsapp: 55 62 9907 1145
The owner, Heather Cumming, is the author of "John of God" available on Amazon and ITunes. She is also a Casa Official Translator, Translator to and for John of God, and a Casa Guide. See her website for cost of rooms and Guide services. Rei Devi has 20 rooms that can hold a group of 40. Prices upon application. (May 2015)
Pousada Dom Ingrid
Pousada do Gaucho
Av: Francisca Texeira Damas 706
Also, Riccardo has a new pousada: Pousada Vo Jandira, 62 9628 7408, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rua Araguaia Qd E Lt 15, Bairro Lindo Haoizonte, Abadiania GO Brasil, in front of Pousada do Sul. Price upon application (May 2015) email@example.com
62 3343 2004 62 9338 1378 62 9837 4657 62 8288 1022
Pousada Dos Girassóis (Claudio is an official Casa translator)
Av. Getúlio Vargas, Qd. 10 Lt. 04
Claudio and Miriam have a beautiful farm or 'fazenda' called 'Fim De Semana'. Day trips on the weekends. You can relax in the countryside with the blessing of the Entities. There are opportunities to swim, walk, fish or just to sit quietly and meditate. Lunch and transport are provided. For reservations contact Claudio or Miriam
Rua Santa Izabel, N. 64 - Lindo Horizonte, Abadiana, Goias. Diagonally across from Cafe Central. 62 8516 3947, 62 3343 1795 firstname.lastname@example.org Organic food from their farm.
Pousada Bernardino (was Pousada Furlan)
Small quiet pousada across from Pousada Catarinense.
Av. Belem Qd 12 Lt 15, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania 62 3343 2068, Rita de Cassia, Portuguese, new pousada, garden, ceiling fans, in front of Dos Anjos email@example.com www.pousadafenix1.com.br 6 Rooms, 4 triple or 3 people and 2 double or two people, per person with breakfast is 80 reais. (Prices at May 2015)
Pousada Santa Clara
Pousada Santa Helena
Av. Gerulio Vargas Qd 06 Lt 15, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania, Go Brazil 72940-000
Av Getulio Vargas s/n Qd. 01 Lt. 07, Bairro Lindo Horionte Abadiania Go Brasil firstname.lastname@example.org 62 9956 6658 / 62 8609 5505 Price upon application.
Av. Francisca Teixeira Damas No. 823, Abadianai Go Brazil (next door to Casa) Email: pousada email@example.com
62 3343 1295, English and Portuguese. 19 rooms with 35 people, 95 reais with breakfast or 120 reais with 3 meals. (Prices at May 2015)
Rua 3, Qd 12 no. 210 Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania
Pousada Luz Divina
Pousada Luz do Sol
Rua 1 de Maio Qd. A Lote 19, Abadiania, GO Brasil 72940-000
Rua 1 de Maio Qd A Lt 1 Casa 2 Vila Bostos, Abadiania. Portuguese, Lucilene / 62 3343 1088 / 62 8518 7369 firstname.lastname@example.org 9 rooms, breakfast included.
Rua Francisca Teixeira Damas Qd 16 Lt 02, Bairro Lindo Horizonte Abadiania GO
Pousada Nosso Lar
Pousada Noberto Kist (official Casa Translator)
Pousada Mae de Deus
Pousada Nosso Senhora Fatima
Pousada Nossa Senhora da Abadia
Pousada do Sul or Pousada Nosso Senhora das Gracas
Pousada Por do Sol
Av. Francisca Texiera Damas 545
Rua 5 Qd A Lote B7, Abadiania, 51 9978 5801, 62 8593 1773, 62 3343 1772 (fax), 62 3343 1447, 62 3343 1207, email@example.com 202 rooms with 50 people.
Rua 6 Qd. 15 Lt. 13, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania Goias 72940 Brasil - 8 rooms, 25 people. Cell 9947 6117 / 55 62 3343 1780 Blanca Dione speaks very good English. www.pousadamaededeus.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Ave Francisca Teixeira Damas Qd 16 Lote 3, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania - 62 3343 2428 email@example.com 12 rooms 70 people. 70 reais with breakfast per day per person.
Rua 7 Lote 1 A, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania 62 8450 6052 / 62 9328 9747 firstname.lastname@example.org
Price on Application.
Rua Araguaia Qd.F Lot 7, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania, 62 3343 1171 / 62 8214 5102 Speak German, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
20 rooms for 40 people, 75 reais with breakfast, 105 reais with 3 meals. Some simple rooms for 30 reais per day. (Prices at May 2015)
Av. Belem Qd. 15 Lt 14 B, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadianai GO Brasil, 62 8502 9050 / 6291779015 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.pordosolabadiania.com 6 rooms, 14 people. 120 reais per person with 3 meals per day. With a 4-star world renowned restaurant on the first floor.
Av JK No. 265, Centro Abadiania (Central Abadiania on the highway) 62 3343 1385 Potuguese. Alexandrina and Jair Borges are the owners. 4 rooms and 1 person per room. 60 reais per night. (Prices at May 2015)
Pousada Santa Maria
Av. Francisca Teixeira Dama Qd 8 Lt 5, Abadiânia Go Brazil 72940-000 - Arthur Rios
Free wifi, taxi service available, arranged trips to special spiritual sites, screened windows, fans. Co-owned by Arturo Rios, a Casa interpreter, and Wayne Conforti, a Casa guide
Pousada Santa Rita
Pousada Sao Francisco de Assis
Av Francisca Texeira Damas no. 823, Abadiania 62 3343 1089 9348 / 9447 8409 1521 Portuguese and English email@example.com
37 room with 70 people, price upon application, second pousada next to the Casa. (May 2015)
Sao Miguel Pousada
Pousada Sao Gabriel
Pousada Sao Jose
Pousada e Taxi do Cabral
Av Francisca Teixeira Damas 727, Villa Bastos, Abadiania GO
Junior is the owner. English, Portuguese, TV / airconditioning, 12 rooms holding 30 poeple. 120 reais per night per person. New pousada.
Av Francisca Teixeira Damas no. 59 62 3343 1231 / 62 9261 2585 / 62 9803 5150 / 62 8429 6881 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pousadaabadiania.com.br English and Portugues, 15 rooms with 40 people. 120 reais per person with 3 meals. (May 2015 prices)
Rue 7 No. 102, Bairro Lindo Horizonte, Abadiania 55 62 3343 2020 / Takeaway meals or food to go on Casa days Wed thru Friday, from 11am to 3pm.
Av Getulio Vargas Qd. 03 Lt. 13, Abadiania, Go Brasil 3343 2107 / 9628 4060 / 8409 5697 email@example.com Price upon application.
Some of the pousadas offer a monthly rate. However lower rates for longer stays may be negotiable as well as lower rates for fewer meals.
Breakfast is always included; you can pay for as many or as few other meals as you take there: Keep track! Food more to your liking, or more varied, can be had various places in town.
FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION / PRICES FOR HOTELS & POUSADAS PLEASE REFER TO ABADIANIA PORTAL WEBSITE
To send a letter, add to address given: CEP 72940-000, Abadiânia, Goias Brasil.
Postage from USA: From the USA, a letter up to 1 oz. is 80¢ (5/2002) and takes at least a week.
All hotels (pousadas) include breakfast with the room rental. Lunch and dinner are served in most hotels buffet-style. Dining is open to non-residents, so you may dine anywhere in the village, though it is courteous to let your hosts know when you will be dining elsewhere. There are luncheonettes, cafes, pizza parlors and bakeries for eating out.
A typical lunch or dinner in the hotels offers cooked vegetables, salads, beans, rice, and meat. Bottled water is sold in the pousadas, as it is not advisable to drink tap water. An additional charge applies to drinks and desserts. It is safe to eat raw fruit and vegetables and drink the beverages in the pousada dining rooms. Food preparation standards generally are regulated by the Casa and accord with the dietary restrictions when taking herbs.
There are now five cafes in Abadiânia
Cafe Central, Av Frontal S/N, Qd. 19 Lt.05 - Grainne and Joao
Fruttis Tel 3343 1927 - Ultan
Moitara Armazem Cafe Tel 3343 1483 - Charan and Mariane
Prates and Montagne Tel 3343 1985 - Neusa and Daniel
Pizzaria do João Tel 3343 1794
Laundry services are available at a modest price at most pousadas. Charges are typically added to your bill. Rates are modest. Your laundry will be washed, pressed and returned to you in a couple days (depending on the weather, as clothes are sun-dried).
You'll find pay phones on the main street of the village and at the Casa to make national calls. Fruttis Juice Bar (Tel 3343 1927 - Ultan) has facilities for international calls. It has by far the best rates in town, approx. 25¢/minute to North America or Europe and 4 phone lines. Alternatively a good method for calling long distance is collect. Calling cards can be used, but reaching an English-speaking operator is often difficult. Phone cards are available for purchase at grocery stores, bakeries, etc. Instructions in English are posted in the phone booths.
Good news: If your pousada has a phone, you can use it to bill a call to your AT&T or other major phone company calling card. Call your company prior to leaving the USA and request the access code to use once inside Brazil. Dialing the access code will connect you with English language prompts to follow. Charges will appear on your phone bill. Note: This does not work on pay phones.
Another recommended option is to buy an international calling card from AT&T. It works fine. You get an English-speaking recording that guides you through the steps, which are easy.
You can also rent cellular phones in Rio, São Paolo or Brasilia for about US$6 per day and US$3.45 per minute. They reportedly work better in Abadiania than in, say, some parts of New York City ....
Local numbers are 7 digits. When telephoning within Abadiânia, no prefix required.
Telephoning outside Abadiânia requires you to add a prefix as well as the area code (62). The prefix determines which telephone company will connect you. The normal prefixes are 014 and 021. Thus to telephone, say, the number 3113001 in Anápolis (same area code of 062), you need to dial 014-62-3113001.
To dial international you also need a prefix. You can either use 0021 or 0023, then the country code, area code and the number.
Add 55 (country code) +62 - not 062 - when calling from outside Brazil.
Shopping & Services
The village shops of Abadiânia provide basic necessities (soap, toothpaste, clothing, shoes, snacks, etc.) as well as local crafts, cheeses and sweets. In the commercial center of the village, across the highway, are pharmacies, hardware stores, specialty shops, a bank, a post office (correio), and business supplies and services, including photocopying and faxing.
Internet / email facilities
There are internet facilities at the following places in Abadiania
Av. Frontal Q.A L. 01, Abadiania
Tel & Fax: (62) 33431943
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Gilson, Marco Dacosta
$R10 an hour
Prates and Montagne
Neusa, Daniel and Pablo Prates
Tel: (62) 3343 1985
$R6 per hour
Pousada Sao Jose
Rua 4, 59
Tel: (62) 3343 1231
$R6 per hour
At Brasilia airport Smart VIP Office provides internet access 7am - 11pm everyday
At Sao Paulo Airport 'intercom@x' provides communications, computing, email and fax facilities. Intercom@x is open 7am-10pm Mon to Fri and 7am-5pm on Sat & Sun
[www.intercomax.com.br / (11) 6445 2388]
The Sao Paulo post office at airport is open from 7.30am to 10.30 pm everyday. 'Telefonica' telephone service is open from 8am to 8pm every day.
Taxis and buses are the primary modes of transportation. Buses to neighboring towns are very reasonable. Inquire locally for bus stops and schedules. Taxis are easily arranged by hotel staff, or you may make your own arrangements; some drivers speak English. It is an easy walk to the commercial parts of town.
Have your pousada arrange for your taxi needs.
- To keep mosquitos out of your room during the rainy season, it is helpful to close your windows at sundown and not open them again until morning.
- Bring a little flashlamp, useful in the event of a powercut
- For light sleepers, it is a good idea to bring earplugs (wax earplugs are best). It can be quite noisy at night-time with dogs barking, roosters crowing, trucks etc.
The following outlines what you can expect to pay for the various services in and about Abadiânia. Obviously due to inflation these prices fluctuate continuously but we endeavour to keep the price list as updated as possible.
Prices listed in Brazilian Reais.
- Herbs prescribed by the entity cost R$10 per container. The usual prescription is 1-5 bottles. - Bottled blessed water is for sale at the Casa shop: R$1 for small; R$2 for large; R$5 for extra large. - Crystal bed session is R$20 - Videos of all public sessions are available for purchase (R$13) at the bookshop - For post-surgery photos you need to buy a ticket at the bookstore, cost R$9
- Abadiânia to Anápolis costs R$2.55 each way and you should buy a ticket before you get on the bus.
- Abadiânia to Brasilia - The trip takes up to 2hrs 30 mins, costs R$8.50 (try to have change for the driver), and will normally leave you at the Rodoferroviaria about 2 miles outside Brasília city centre, from where you can catch a local bus into the central Rodoviaria (also called Rod P Piloto) for approx R$2.
- For the Goiánia bus, wait at the bus stop on the Anápolis side of town, where buses to Goiánia often stop. Note that the Goiánia buses that pass through Abadiânia do not go through Anápolis. The ticket costs R$6 - R$7.
- A typical lunch or dinner in hotels / pousadas in Abadiânia is about R$5-7 reais and offers cooked vegetables, salads, beans, rice, and meat.
- There are now five cafes in Abadiânia
• Cafe Central, Av Frontal - Grainne and João
• Fruttis Tel 3343 1927 - Ultan
• Moitara Armazem Cafe Tel 3343 1483 - Charan and Mariane
• Prates and Montagne Tel 3343 1985 - Neusa and Daniel
• Pizzaria do Joao Tel 3343 1794
- In Anápolis the best place in town to get lunch is Chão Goiano, which is a per por quilo eating-house. R$8.20 per kilo on weekdays and R$9.90 on week-ends The best restaurant in Anápolis for evening eating is Los Palmas, which charges a fixed rate of about R$11-12 per person, excluding drinks
- US travellers, be prepared to pay airport taxes on your return flight: typically less than R$10 for national flights, as much as R$72 for international flights
- Cost to extend your visa (ref US visitors) is R$25.
- Internet access charges vary largely but on average expect to pay appromixately R$5 per hour browsing.
Travel Tips from Past visitors
To follow are some helpful tips submitted by Friends from around the world. We welcome any additional information you may have which you feel would be helpful to those travelling to Abadiânia.
Visas for US Citizens
[Information submitted by David email@example.com]
For US citizens you will need a visa, for information go to www.travel.state.gov to see up to date info. Also see the Brazillian embassy website www.brasilemb.org
For other non EU and EUcitizens see www.braziltravelnews.com/visas.html
It is also a good site for general info...enjoy
[Information submitted by Al]
For visa application forms and detailed visa information visit www.brazilianvisas.com
[Additional Information re Visas]
Brazil Fiesta Tours and Visa Service
San Francisco California USA
Phone (415) 986-1134 (800) 200-0582
FAX (415) 986-3029
Discover Brazil Tours
Miami, Florida USA
Phone (305) 382-9443 (800) 524-3666
FAX (305) 382-9446
Use of Credit Cards & Money
[Information submitted by Maarten (firstname.lastname@example.org)]
For those of you who do not want to keep much cash on hand, you can get Brazilian Reals in Anápolis,(about 40 Km from Abadiânia, Taxi fare Brazilian Reais about 40 round trip) using your ATM VISA or MC card. The ONLY Bank where I did find:
(a) No waiting line
(b) Friendly help for the use of the ATM machine, since the machine "speaks" Portuguese ONLY,. is a Bank called HSBC.
At the Bank Real, The Bank of Brazil and another bank of which I do not remember the name, I found long waiting lines and ultimately no help or ATM machines that honored my ATM Visa and my European Meastro card (both with CIRRUS Logo).
The Bank of Brazil was interested to exchange Euros for Brazilian Reais, but did not accept US Dollars.
Please be aware that Credit Cards issued outside of Brazil are often NOT accepted as form of payment in areas with few International Tourism. In Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo you can pay for your Hotel with the (foreign country issued) credit card, but in Anápolis it is very different. In Abadiânia I did not see any use of credit cards, including in the Pousada's.
Also, while I was still in Abadiânia I could not buy an Airline ticket from TAM (second largest Brazilian Airline; Varig being the Largest) using my VISA credit card. Only CASH worked."
Booking a ticket with domestic airline GOL
[Information submitted by Vicky]
Yes, I was able to make a reservation via GOL. I don't know how this is going to work at the end but I can share with you what I found out.
First of all, I think GOL airline is definitively the least expensive domestic airline in Brazil. I was able to receive sale price from Rio to Brasilia city for R$178 (Reals). It was a sale price. Normal price was approx. R$268. Another airline that can provide you will less expensive domestic air ticket is VASP. Their tickets are less expensive then VARIG.
Examples of prices from RIO to BRASILIA:
GOL - approx. $90 Canadian
VASP - $190 Canadian
VARIG- $240 Canadian
These prices was given to me about 3 weeks ago (early 2003).
If you want to make reservation via GOL, you have to know that you will not be able to purchase your ticket through the website (www.voegol.com.br) because the system will ask for the "CPF" number, which is a Brazilian ID document.
However, you can contact them by phone: 55 11 4331-6895(from outside Brazil) or 0300-789-2121(within Brazil) and then ask for a supervisor to attend you (a supervisor is usually the one who speaks English). The supervisor will make your reservation just the same way you would do through website. Your reservation will be put on hold until the date of your preference, so you can pay it in cash at the airport in their check-in counters.
You can call GOL airline from 08:00 am to 11:00 PM Brazilian time. Before you call GOL, check the website to find out which plane you would like to take. I think there is a flight number so you can give it to them when you call. And please remember that you have to pay cash for your ticket. No foreign credit card will be accepted.
Also, please remember that when travelling with GOL you are only allowed to take one suitcase per person with maximum of 20 kg and 1 carry-on baggage. If you have more, then there will be additional cost.
Fly into Goiania Airport (instead of Brasilia)
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The new experience I had goes like this: Instead of flying to Brasilia I flew to Goiania, which is much closer to Abadiânia than Brasilia (The cab fare from Brasilia is now R$150. From Goiania it is R$100) and there are plenty of connections from Sao Paolo to Goiania. At my return I even got a direct flight into Sao Poalo International Airport, that left at 7 PM from Goiania (Varig)
In Goiania I took a cab to the Goiania Main Bus Terminal (R 11). There I asked for the bus to Abadiânia ( It is the speed bus to Brasilia) It took only one hour, the (luxurious) bus stopped twice along the highway and dropped me off at the highway in Abadiânia ( bus fare R$9.50). From there I walked (600 yards) to the Hotel. (I never check luggage, only use the largest allowable carry-on on wheels). It was an interesting adventure to see the landscape from a bus and also see at the bus terminal that Brazilians "move" by bus. I did see beds and mattresses loaded, as well as large equipment like a table saw.
After 12 days in Abadiânia I walked back to the highway, caught the bus to Anapolis (R 2.50). In the Anapolis Bus Terminal I switched to a bus to Goiania (R$4.50). The Cab fare to the Airport was again R$11.