Adrienne will meet you in Brasilia on the Sunday.
An air-conditioned bus or taxi will take you to a 5 star
hotel. There is opportunity there for swim with a beautiful
large pool over looking a lake. If you arrive in time for
the Saturday lunch you will be treated to one of Brazils
most famous buffets. You can rest and recover from
the journey and enjoying a lovely dinner when Adrienne will
meet with all the group to officially start the journey.
The following day the group will take a tour of some of Brasilia's
temples and churches. Lunch will be in a traditional Brazilian
Churrascaria, (Barbeque). This is a perfect way to start
the trip and the three sacred places you will visit will
open your heart and mind to the healing that is about to
begin, or has indeed already begun.
Arriving in Abadiania the accommodation is quite possibly the lovliest pousada in Abadiania. It is simple, but extremely comfortable
and clean. It is very close to the Casa, a two minute walk.
There is wireless internet and a laundery service. All rooms
have en-suite bathroom and single occupancy is always available. The rooms are new, well appointed and clean. Beds are new and confortable. The
food is healthy and fresh with plenty of fruits, vegetables,
salad, rice, chicken and beans. There is a pool set in lovely gardens. There is opportunity for walks in the countryside
around the village. There are local shops for staples and
bottled water is available.
Let her know if you are a group who would like to travel
with her to John of God outside these dates as it may be possible.
For more information on the experience read the page Why
go with a guide?, the FAQ
page and the Itinerary page.
The price of the flight is around £800
from the UK and $1,000 - $1,200 from the US return, but varies
according to time of year and other factors. Airfare is separate.
The earlier booked, often the better the deal. She can help
you arrange your travel and insurance if you like. From the
US the flight is usually overnight via Rio de Janeiro or
Sao Paulo. There is a Delta flight that goes from Atlanta
directly to Brasilia. Also Tam and American Airlines goes from Miami to Brasilia
direct as well. British airways fly from London as well
as Tam and other European airlines with stopovers in Europe
. The best way from London, or Europe is to take TAP Air
Portugal and fly to Lisbon and take a direct flight to
Brasilia. This avoids the unnecessary trip down south to
Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro.
Tam is the Brazilian international carrier, codeshared with
United. This or the Delta flight is preferable
as your flight is under the care of one company all the way
to Brasilia. However from the US other airlines also go to
Sao Paulo. Tam is now also a member of the Star Alliance.
From Australia and New Zealand Lan Chile is the recommended
airline, via Santiago in Chile . Argentinian Air is also
available via Beunos Aires. Qantas fly direct to
Beunos Airies in Argentina three days a week direct from
Sydney. From there it is easy to take a flight to Brazil.
Here is a list of countries that do not need a Visa to enter
There are links on the right to the Consulates and Visa services.
US, Canadian and Australian citizens need a visa. Under normal
circumstances, should you live near a Consulate and can go
there, it will take one day to receive the visa. If you FedEx
your application to the Consulate it may take 12 business
days. If you wish to expedite the process the visa services
on the right will be able to process within 3-5 days.
Visas are not required for UK and NZ passports and all passports
must be valid for six months from date of entry.
ATT: All South African citizens need a yellow fever vaccination
to re-enter SA. Discuss this with your Dr before you leave.
Adrienne has travelled to John of God from Australia , New
Zealand , the US and the UK , therefore is able to help you
with any queries you may have about getting there from where
you live. It is recommended to book as early as possible as
flights are often booked up in advance. She is available to
call you wherever you are in the world and discuss your arrangements
and assist you with your travel plans. Please feel free to
email or call
her with any questions.
Abadiania has dry winters and wet summers. Essentially there are just
wet and dry seaons. In the dry seasons there is no rain at all and in
the wet season it can vary from a good cleansing downpour for an hour
each day to a few days of rain. The winter - dry months are April
through to September and the summer - wet months are October - April.
During the dry season, the relative humidity of the air reaches
critical levels during the hottest times of the day. Maximum
temperatures average 28 °C (82 °F). During the dry season the
temperature decreases and can reach daily lows of 13 °C (55 °F) in
July. Maximum averages of 25 °C (77 °F) are still the norm. The average
temperature is 20.5 °C (69 °F). The hottest month is September, with an
average high of 28 °C and an average low of 16 °C (61 °F). The coolest
month is July, with an average high of 25 °C and an average low of 13°C. The monthly difference between the average high is around 3 °C (37°F) and the average low 5 °C (41 °F).
There are advantages to coming at either times, in the dry season you
are guaranteed no rain and maybe a little cooler. In the wet season it
is greener and the rain can be refreshing.
About Mystical Brasília
One aspect that is usually unknown by visitors to Brasília is that it
has attracted many members of offbeat religious sects and esoteric
cults that have come here in what they see as the anticipation of the
dawn of a new age - sects that embrace reincarnation and universal
oneness, academics and sci-fi enthusiasts who associate Brasília with
ancient Egypt or the lost city of Atlantis. Land was given to almost
any religous group that was legally constituted so many non-mainstream
groups were able to built their temples or churches at low cost and
exempt of taxes.
Their dreams are fed by an alien-looking cityscape, a showcase for
Modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer. Among his creations are the twin
towers of the Brazilian National Congress, between which the sun rises,
Stonehenge like on April 21, the date the capital was officially moved
from Rio de Janeiro.
There is also the famous prophecy about the future building of
Brasília. In 1883, an Italian priest named Dom Bosco had a strange
dream of a land abundant in precious metals and oil that would be
discovered between the 15th and 20th parallels. "There a grand
civilization will appear, a Promised Land flowing with milk and honey,"
the priest recorded in his journal. "These things will happen in the
Many believe that Brasília, situated between the 15th and 16th
parallels, is that place. The man who made the city a reality, former
Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek, thought so as well. There are
many buildings with pyramidal designs and a university, the UPIS,
founded by Brazil's most famous UFO investigator, General Moacyr Uchoa
who supposedly had close encounters with alien beings near Alexania
west of Brasília. One of the history teachers at that school was Yara
Kern, a U.S.-trained Egyptologist who concluded, after six years of
study, that Kubitschek was the reincarnation of the pharaoh Akhnaton
and Brasília was the modern version of Akhnaton's made-to-order capital
along the banks of the Nile.
The most impressive building in the city from a religious point of view
is the utopian Legion of Goodwill Temple, a seven-sided, seven-story
pyramid topped by what sources call the world's largest crystal. Other
tourist points are the University of Peace and isolated religious
communities such as the Eclectic city founded by the pilot for one of
Brazil's presidents, and Valley of the Dawn where women wear
medieval-style purple and black dresses, silver tiaras, glittering
veils, and cone hats. There is an enormous temple with a statue of the
great spirit White Arrow and an artificial lake hemmed by pyramids and
wooden cutouts of Afro-Brazilian goddesses.
Farther out is the Chapada dos Veadeiros national park north of the
city where the small community of Alto Paraiso has attracted New Agers,
Rajneesh, and assorted mystical groups.
We will visit three of these, The Temple of Good Will, the Dom Bosco
Chapel and the National Cathedral. We will also see much of Brasilia
including the twin towers of the Brazilian National Congress.