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See also http://travelingtothecasa.com for up-to-date information on travelling to Abadiania

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.

Entrance Requirements

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. There are taxis available at the airport which cost only about R$10 more than those coming from Abadiãnia. When making a pousada reservation, you can ask them to send a taxi-driver to meet your flight. (Look for your name on a sign when you arrive at the airport.) The average fare for a taxi from Brasilia is R$150; from Goiânia, R$100. Tipping, say R$10 is not expected but greatly appreciated.

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.

Costs

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.

Currency

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

Internet:
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]

Language

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.

Accommodation

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.

Amazonas

Avenida Frontal 721
Phone (62)3343 1187 Fax (62)3343 2317
Email: hotelamazonas@terra.com.br
Elizabeth (Beth)
Single 72,00 reais, 124,00 double / double, with three meals.We have rooms with air cond, cost: 82.00/ 144.00 reais a single double / doublewith three meals.
(Price at July 2011)
Elizabeth (Beth) is the owner and 2 staff also speak English. They have 2 phone booths to call home, accepting MCI, AT & T calling cards and Brazilians. There is a large backyard with a view to the field and a piscina. Equipment center, follow-up physical therapy and water aerobics. An international cable television in the lounge area of the pool. Wireless internet is free for guests. Has a library, books in several languages, to lend a guest of Hotel and other accommodations. The restaurant receives people from other hostels too. www.hotelamazonas@terra.com.br
Use the information above to make reservations for the Hotel and Hotel Amazonas Brazil. Hotel Amazonas and Brazil hotel has taxi and Van (mini bus). It is for ecological and waterfalls.

Hotel Brasil

Avenida Frontal 681
(062) 3343-1348
Rosa
Price $R42 per day for a room with three meals. $R30 per day without meals.

Hotel Paraiso

San Jose, Rua 04, No 59, Lindo Horizonte
(062) 3343 1231
Email: hotelparisosanjose@hotmail.com

$R39 per night including all meals. Speaks English, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese

Hotel San Raphael

Hotel San Raphael is located a 30 second walk (less than one block) from the Casa and it is the newest hotel in town. It offers 32 spacious rooms, healthy food prepared with the freshest ingredients from Brazilian cooks, outstanding service and extremelly high standards of cleaniness.

Services offered: Daily chambermaid service, 24-hour reception desk, room service upon request, organizing 24-hour airport pick-ups, carrying out special food requests, multilingual staff with international hotel experience, free telephone calls to the U.S.A, the cheapest rates in town for telephone calls to the rest of the world, unlimited free internet (Wireless and broadband), free printing (including photos), laundry service, free assistance to the Casa, guest services (bookings of flights, confirmations, city tours of Brasilia and the local area etc)... just to name a few

R85 including 3 meals, R65 breakfast only. Double rooms: R170 including 3 daily meals, R150 breakfast only. Special rates can be negotiated for long stay guests. (Prices at July 2011)

Costas, the owner, can be contacted directly at cpapas@gmail.com
or tel +55 62 33432383.

Irmâo Sol, Irmâ Lua "Martin's"

Av. Antonia Pereira da Silva, Q. 08 L. 01
Bairro Lindo Horizonte
55 62 3343-1544 (ph/fax)
55 62 8419-1775 (cell) Martin
Email: sol.luna@terra.com.br
English, Spanish, Portuguese & German spoken by Martin & Fernanda
Price is $R100 reais including all meals. (Prices at July 2011) 
Has garden setting with fountain and security. Pool, 10-minute walk from Casa

Jardim Dos Anjos

Av. Belem Q. 16 L. 01
Bairro Lindo Horizonte
(062) 3343-1793 (tel); (062) 3343-1081 (fax)
Email: jardimdosanjos@yahoo.com.br
Website: www.pousadajardimdosanjos.com
Hayette, Isabelle and Xenia speak French, Portugues, English, Italian, Greek and German.                                                      Prices:$85.00 to $115.00 Reais, including 3 meals

 

Pousada Austria

Nubia and Franz
Chaccara 6, Lindo Horizonte BR 72940-000
Tel (62)3343 1577;
Email: pousada-austria@hotmail.com
Languages: Portuguese, English, German
Internet -wifi, 5 minute walk to Casa ,food for Vegetarians, rooms substantially different, Casa Guide available Price per room-day per person (wooden houses with veranda and hammocks)
Reais 55-65 (including breakfast) reais 70-75 (breakfast, lunch or dinner) reais 80-85 (breakfast, lunch and dinner) (january 2013)
www.caminho-de-deus.com

Pousada Catarinense

Rua 05, L. 07
Bairro L. Horizonte
(062) 3343-1443 (ph/fax); cellphone (062) 9628-1183
Email: pousadacatarinense@terra.com.br
Website: www.abadianiapousada.com.br
Carlos & Rosane, Gentil & Valeria Carlotto
English and German spoken; big garden with chapel, waterfall & pond, dogs and tropical birds; screened windows; proper executive van (12 pers) & taxi available.
Prices: 90.00 reias single room with three meals included. Double room is 80.00 reias per person with three meals included. The family at Pousada Catarinense also provide a professional transport service - Carlotto Tur. This company has been established for 15 years, offering flexibility in transportation to and from the airports and for weekend leisure travel. Available for groups as small as 4 people and as large as 40 or more. Airport rates - Taxi R$180.00; Van R$350.00, (12 or 15 persons); Bus R$600.00 (32 persons)
(Prices at July 2011)

Pousada Caminho Encantado

Av. Frontal B, Chaccara 10, Lindo Horizonte BR 72940-000
(062) 3343-1955
Email: Caminho.Encantado@hotmail.com
Website: www.CaminhoEncantado.com
Garden landscape, big swimming pool, ecological, grandmothers cooking, food for Vegetarians, rooms substantially different, Casa Guide available
Languages: Portuguese, English, German, a little French, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Silvete & Walter
Prices: R40 to R130 per room. The price is per room without food. Meals, breakfast R10
(Prices at July 2011)

(formerly Hotel Villa Verde)
Hotel Rei Davi

Av. Belem, Qd 14, Lotes 14 a 16, Bairro Lindo
Horizonte
(062) 3343 1145 (tel)
(062) 84147408 (mobile)
90 Reais per night including all meals single; 80 reais with all meals for double accomodation; all rooms have private bath (Prices at July 2011)

Email: hotelreidavi@gmail.com
Charlene & Marcio

Marcio is also a taxi driver and speaks good english.

Pousada Dom Ingrid

Av: Francisca Teixeira Damas Nr. 706
Phone/fax: 55 62 3343 1206
Cell phone: 55 62 9628 7408 Ricardo
Email: ricmello@terra.com.br; valdete.ferreira@terra.com.br
English, Spanish & France spoken, very nice rooms. Security.
R75 R85 R100 for single room with 3 meals per person. R140 R150 R160 for double room with 3 meals a day
(Prices at July 2011)

Pousada Dos Girassóis

Av. Getúlio Vargas, Qd. 10 Lt. 04
Bairro Lindo Horizonte
(062) 3343-2089 (tel); (062) 9622-2934 (cell)
Email: miriampruja@hotmail.com & cjapruja@bol.com.br
Claudio & Miriam
English spoken
Price $R60 / night including all meals

Claudio and Miriam have a beautiful farm or 'fazenda' called 'Fim De Semana'. There are trips there for the day at 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

Pousada Furlan

Rua Frontal B
(62)3343-2363
Ignez
Small, quiet, across from Pousada Catarinense
Sgl 50,00, dbl 45,00 Per person This pousada is for sale with interior design
www.pousadafurlan.com
Pousada da Izaira

Rua Gerulio Vargas Q15, (Next to the Health Clinic)
Information Portuguese (062) 3343-2373
Information English (062) 3343-1604
$R20 Per person per night includes breakfast
Lunch, dinner $R5.00 each

Pousada Lindo Horizonte

Rua 3
(062) 3343-2354 (tel); (062) 9921-3338(cell)
Divina
Price $R45 / night including meals

Pousada Luz Divina
(Catherine's)

Pousada Luz Divina
Rua 1 de Maio Qd. A Lote 19, Vila Bastos
011 55 (62) 3343 1830 USA: 615-395-2062
Email: ctucker@onehearttours.com
Website: www.pousadaluzdivina.com
English & Portuguese spoken
Catherine - American Owner
Expansive, open, beautiful floral garden w/ large natural rock waterfountain, quiet side-street location 4 minute walk to Casa behind Frutti's juice bar, meditation room, large viewing balcony & Garden rooms w/ desks,hammocks & wi-fi in rooms, walking labyrinth & many hammocks under the mango tree, all enjoying long range vistas & sunsets. Firm mattresses, cotton linens, rugs, window screens, ceiling fans, lamps, shower curtains. Variety of room styles & prices. Free international calls to 40 countries' land phones and free use of computers. Excellent variety for vegetarians, special diets, and those who eat meat. Night Security. Arranges airport taxis & guide service to Casa.
Rates: $65 Reais - $110 Reais per person, internet, international phonecalls & all meals, drinks & desserts included. Free tea, coffee, fruit and cookies available all day.
Double occupancy - $10 Reais less per person.
Triple Occupancy - $20 Reais less per person.
Breakfast Only - $15 Reais less per day.

Pousada Martins
(Not Martin the translator - see Irmâo Sol, Irmâ Lua, this pousada existed before Martin's arrival)

Pousada Martins
Rua 4 Q 16 L 2
(062) 3343-1352 (tel)
pousdamartins@yahoo.com.br
Bicycle rental; good rates on long-term stay
R35 breakfast only. (Price at July 2011)
Dalma & Marcio speak some English.   
Good rates on long term stay. Bicycle rental.
Pousada Nosso Lar

Av. Frontal 545
Bairro Lindo Horizonte
(062) 3343-1372 (tel); also (062) 3343 1373ma
Email pousadanossolar@aol.com.br
Isolina
R50 breakfast only. Two persons per room R40 each person. They do not serve lunch or dinner.

Pousada Paraiso San Jose

Rua 4, 59
Lindo Horizonte
Abadiania
(062) 3343 1231 (tel)
Email hotelparaisosanjose@hotmail.com
Prices $R65 per night with 3 meals. $R45 B&B only; Internet

Pousada Santa Maria

Av. Francisca Teixeira Dama, 74823 Abadiânia,
Email: arthurrisant@ibest.com.br
Phone: (62) 3343-1073
http://pousadasantamaria.com
Located just a few steps from the Casa de Dom Inácio, Santa Maria offers simple, clean rooms that open onto a quiet, enclosed courtyard away from the street. All meals are served at the pousada's new restaurant that is now open to the public. The pousada accommodates English, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish speaking guests. Prices: 85.00 reais single room with 3 meals, room for two people 160.00 reais.  (Prices at July 2011)
free wifi, taxi service, arranged trips to special, spiritual sites, screened windows, cotton sheets and towels, fans and shower curtains
Co-owned by Arturo Rios, a Casa interpreter, and Wayne Conforti, a Casa guide

Pousada Santa Rita
(Managers Maria & Veronica)

Avenida Frontal (adjacent to the Sao Paulo Pizzeria)
(062) 3343-1243 (tel);
Dete
Price $R25 including breakfast or $R40 including meals

Pousada do Sul

Rua Araguaia Qd. F-Lote 7/8
(062) 3343-1379
Olga
German spoken
$R25 / night with breakfast; other meals available. 2 rooms open directly onto street. Quiet side-street location; cat.

Pousada Xavier
(was Odetes)

Rua 4 No. 39, Abadiania
Tel 3343-2314 also (62) 9657 9408
Odete Fischer
Email: odethfischer@hotmail.com

Prates Pousada & Internet

Rua 4 Qd. 16 Lt. 3
Tel (3343) 1200; (Cells)9974-8367, 9268-6184
Email: noprates@hotmail.com
Neusa and Daniel Prates (speaks English and
teaches Portuguese and is available for translating). $R60 per night with meals.

Sao Miguel Pousada

Avenida Francisco Teixeira Damas, 727 Villa Bostos
(62) 9628-7997 or (62) 3343-2021 (tel);
Standard daily rate is R$100 per person; Group of 8 to 10 persons $85 p.p.
Manager: Karla Camargo. Fluent English
Services include taxi driver who is an employee of the pousada; Keyed front door for added security.
Garden, waterfall; very near Casa
saomiguelpousada@yahoo.com www.pousadasaomiguel.com

Current prices in general range from R$25 to R$80. Hotel Brasil offers a monthly rate of $R600 per month. Some of the pousadas do not 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.

Meals

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 is about R$5 reais and 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

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).

Telephones

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

RBM Management
Av. Frontal Q.A L. 01, Abadiania
Tel & Fax: (62) 33431943
Email address: w3internetabadiania@hotmail.com
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.

Getting Around

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.

Taxi Drivers Authorized by the Casa as of October 7, 2004
ANTAO - Taxi do Antao, (062) 343 1308 also (062) 9918-4053
Adolfo/Corumbá - cellphone (062) 9974-4905; Also (062) 3343-1429
Email: Corumba@conectanet.com.br
Artur Carlos Dos Santos, (062) 9629 0482, arturtaxi@yahoo.com.br (Speaks English)
Boquinha - cellphone: (062) 9957-0968; Also (062) 3343-1371
Carlos Carlotta - cellphone (062) 9628 1183; Also (062) 3343-1443
Email: Pousadacatarinense@terra.com.br (Speaks English) Carlotto Tur - Based at Pousada Catarinense, Carlotto Tur has been in operation for over 15 years. We support John of God and are volunteers at the Casa de Dom Inacio. We offer flexibility in transportation to and from the airports and for weekend leisure travel. Our experienced drivers will take care of getting you to your destination while you relax or hold a group meeting. Available for groups as small as 4 people and as large as 40 or more. We are based at Pousada Catarinense if you would like to come by in person and discuss your weekend travel needs. All our vehicles are new and fully insured.
Divino Rodrigues Pires - (062) 3343-1226; cellphone (062) 9957-3118
Domar - cellphone (062) 9628-2576
Domicio - (062) 3343-1314
Jeninho - cellphone (062) 9622-4357; Also (062) 3343-1264
Joao - cellphone (062) 9957-0968; Also (062) 3343-1371
Joao Rocha- cellphone (062) 9991-6587
Jovanes - cellphone (062) 9623-1506

Luciano - (062) 3343-2239; cellphone (062) 9974-2668;
Email: luciano@yahoo.com.br (speaks English)

Marcos - cellphone (062) 9261-0761; Also (062) 3343-1943 (Speaks English)
Mateus Corrêa - (062) 3343-1605; cellphone (062) 9974-8040
Email: Mateustaxi@hotmail.com (speaks English)
Pedrinho - cellphone (062) 9991-3751 Also (062) 3343-1191
Rayne Borges - cellphone (062) 9208-1896
Raimundo - cellphone (062) 9974-4039; Also (062) 3343-1469
Ricardo Maninho - cellphone (062) 9957-3110; Also (062) 3343-1348
Rodrigo at the Dom Ingrid: cellphone (062) 9629-1907; Also (062) 3343-1206
Romulo - cellphone (062) 9947 2061; Also (062) 3343-1407
Sr. Totonho - cellphone (062) 9608-0605
Vivaldo - cellphone (062) 9629-1907; Also (062) 3343-1407

(Note: From Brasilia, dial 062 first; If calling from the US, dial 011-55-62 + 7 digits, omitting 0 in the city code.)

Useful tips

- 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

Prices

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]

Taxi Prices
- Abadiânia to Brasilia airport R$180 (Sept 2011)
- Abadiânia to Brasilia all day R$180+
- Abadiânia to Goiánia to airport or bus terminal R$100
- Abadiânia to Goiánia all day R$140
- Abadiânia to Anapolis R$70 for first 2 hours and $10 reais per hour after the first 2 hours
- Casa to waterfall and return R$10
- Pousada to waterfall and return $R20
- Casa to a pousada R$8 (Sept 2011)
- Abadiânia to Pirenópolis R$180
- After 10 pm add 20% more

Accommodation
(info correct at July 2011 but all prices subject to change, so please confirm directly with the pousada if you want to book)

- Hotel e Restaurante Amazonas - Single 72,00 reais, 124,00 double / double, with three meals.  rooms with air cond, cost: 82.00/ 144.00 reais a single double / double with three meals.
- Hotel Brasil -
- Hotel Rei Davi - 90 Reais per night including all meals single;80 reais with all meals for double accomodation;all rooms have private bath
- Hotel Paraiso
- Jardim Dos Anjos
- Jardin Das Fontes
- Irmâo Sol, Irmâ Lua "Martin's" - Price is $R100 reais including all meals.
- Pousada Austria - Prates - Price per day per person, Reais 50 (including breakfast) reais 60 (breakfast, lunch or dinner) reais 70 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Pousada Catarinense - 90.00 reias single room with three meals included. Double room is 80.00 reias per person with three meals included. Taxi is 180.00. Van is 350.00, 12 or 15 p Bus is 600.00, 32 p
- Pousada Caminho Encantado - R40 to R130 per room. The price is per room without food. Meals, breakfast R10
- Pousada da Izaira
- Pousada Dom Ingrid - R75 R85 R100 for single room with 3 meals per person. R140 R150 R160 for double room with 3 meals a day
- Hotel Jardim Das Fontes
- Pousada Dos Girassóis
-- Pousada Furlan - Sgl 50,00, dbl 45,00 Per person This pousada is for sale with interior design
- Pousada Lindo Horizonte
- Pousada Luz Divina (Catherine's) -
- Pousada Martin's - good rates on long-term stayR35 breakfast only.
- Pousada Nosso Lar -
- Odete's Pousada -
- Prates Pousada & Internet -
- Pousada Sao Jose -
- Pousada Santa Maria - 85.00 reais single room with 3 meals, room for two people 160.00 reais.
- Pousada Santa Rita -
- Pousada San Raphael - R85 including 3 meals, R65 breakfast only. Double rooms: R170 including 3 daily meals, R150 breakfast only. Special rates can be negotiated for long stay guests.
- Pousada do Sul -
- Pousada Xavier -
Current prices in general range from R$25 to R$80. Hotel Brasil offers a monthly rate of $R600 per month. Some of the pousadas do not offer a monthly rate. However lower rates for longer stays may be negotiable as well as lower rates for fewer meals.

Casa Items
- 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

Bus Trips
- 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.

Food
- 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

Miscellaneous
- 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 mail@davidpurchas.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
Email AlexM@BrazilFiesta.com
Website www.brazilfiesta.com

Discover Brazil Tours
Miami, Florida USA
Phone (305) 382-9443 (800) 524-3666
FAX (305) 382-9446
Email Eliane@discoverbraziltours.com
website www.discoverbraziltours.com

Use of Credit Cards & Money

[Information submitted by Maarten (maartsam@together.net)]

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)

[Information submitted by Maarten (maartsam@together.net)]

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.