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.
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;
Brazil Tours, Miami, Florida Phone (305) 382-9443 (800) 524-3666; FAX
(305) 382-9446; Email Eliane@discoverbraziltours.com;
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.
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
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
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 (WedFri)
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.
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.
is no charge for the healing, but you must pay for your herbal capsules
or crystal bed sessions, if any are prescribed for you (see 24). Room,
board, and ground transportation are the principal expenses (see 2, 9,
and 14). Some optional items are bottled water, snacks, laundry, souvenirs,
books, video tapes, and crystal-bed therapy sessions (see 27).
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.
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.
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
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.
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
changing into reais, try to get plenty of smaller bills (R$1s
and R$5s), 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
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 (see 4).
hours: (info at Mar 2003)
Banco de Brasil - Brasilia airport
Monday - Friday: 11am - 4pm
de Brasil - São Paolo airport
Monday - Friday: 8am - 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9.30am - ?
Brasilia airport (info at Mar 2003)
Monday - Saturday: 8am - 9pm
Sundays & Public holidays: 9am - 5pm
Paulo airport (info at Nov 2002)
- 10.30pm everyday
Smart VIP Office, Brasilia airport (info at Mar 2003)
7am - 11pm everyday
Sao Paulo Airport provides communications, computing, email and fax
Monday to Friday: 7am-10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7am-5pm
[www.intercomax.com.br / (11) 6445 2388]
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 (see 17).
What to Pack
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.
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.
Bringing photos & written requests of others
may bring a photo or written request of someone to present to the Entity.
When making a request for healing, first obtain permission from the person
who will be receiving a healing. In the same way he forms a blueprint
of a person standing before him, the Entity connects energetically with
the person via the photo image. A photo is better than a written request;
a recent photo is better than an old one. If no photo is available, you
may present an article of clothing, recently worn, preferably unlaundered.
If neither of these options is available, supply the name, address and
age or birth date of the person. (details section 26)