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GUIDE to the Casa de Dom Inácio - WHEN YOU ARRIVE

9. Accommodation

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 (see 10).

Local Pousadas
Hotel e Restaurante Amazonas

Avenida Frontal 721
(062) 3343-1378 (tel); (062) 3343-2317 (ph/fax);
Email: hotelamazonas@terra.com.br
English spoken, security, garden
Luis & Bete
Prices $R52, $R62 and $R72 depending on which room, including 3 meals / day. Large pool, brown rice; wholewheat bread

San Raphael (the new part of Amazonas)
$R80 a night single and $R124 double with meals.

   
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 Rei Davi
(formerly Hotel Villa Verde)

Av. Belem, Qd 14, Lotes 14 a 16, Bairro Lindo
Horizonte
(062) 3343 1145 (tel)
(062) 84147408 (mobile)
Email: hotelreidavi@gmail.com
Charlene & Marcio

Marcio is also a taxi driver and speaks good english.

   
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

   
Jardin Das Fontes

Av Frontal 727
(062) 3343-2021 (tel); (062) 3343-1438(fax)
Price $R85 a night including meals; $R75 per person if a couple is sharing a room
Spanish spoken; some English.
Garden, waterfall; very near Casa

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

   
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 $R90 reais including all meals. 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
Marcio & Mardenia Tagle
Best meals; quiet garden location. English, Spanish, some French spoken.
Price $R70 / night including meals

   
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:
Room including breakfast & meals - Single R$60, Double $50 per person; Room with breakfast only - Single R$45, Double R$35 pp; Meals R$8;

   
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.
R$70 per night single room with 3 meals, or R$130
per night double room with 3 meals also.
   
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
   
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 de 1 Maio QA Lote 19, Vila Bastos
(062) 3343-1830; Cellphone 480-861-8871
Email: ctucker@onehearttours.com
Website: www.pousadaluzdivina.com
English & Portuguese spoken
Catherine & Sandra
Garden, fountain; quiet side-street location; English spoken; cats; American-owned, caters to American tastes.
Prices for 1 $R75 / night

   
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)
Bicycle hire; good rates on long-term stay
   
Pousada Nosso Lar

Av. Frontal 545
Bairro Lindo Horizonte
(062) 3343-1372 (tel); also
(062) 3343 1373
Email pousadanossolar@loggo.com.br
Isolina
Price $R35 / night with breakfast, no other meals provided.

   
Pousada Sao Jose

Rua 4, 59
Lindo Horizonte
Abadiania
(062) 3343 1231 (tel)
Prices $R55; Internet

   
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.

Current prices (February 2006) 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.

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.

10. 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

11. 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).

12. 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.

13. 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

Details of internet services in Anápolis are included in the Anápolis guide.

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.

14. 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

Some Local Taxi Services
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
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)
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.)

 

By Marilyn Penrod, JD Rabbit & Mary Lou Smith Copyright ©2000