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1. Posted by PageUp (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

PageUp has indicated that this thread is about Brazil

hey everyone!

i'm Derek, newbie over here.

my wife's traveling to Brazil next month with the kids, they'll be on their own. thing is, i have this business trip that i have to attend in London and my wife just doesn't want to stay home with the kids all that time, so she's planning the trip to Brazil. a trip that she's been wanting to go on for quite a long time now. but with my work, i just don't have the time, unfortunately.

but i'm a bit worried, this is the first time that she's going away from home, and with the kids, so i wanted to know from anyone who has been to Brazil before: is there easy access to pharmacies and the likes? i did some research, trying to locate some pharmacies and hospitals using a directory http://www.drugdelivery.ca/xx-BR-31-A-xx/Tocantins-Pharmacy.aspx but i think on this one i need the help of someone who's actually been there.

i don't want to sound like a backward idiot , just want to make sure that my wife and kids will be able to manage fine.

come to think of it, i'll tell her to join the forum as soon as she has some time. she's buzzing with excitement about the trip and has so many questions to ask, i guess this would be the perfect place to do it!

looking forward to your responses, thanks guys

Derek

2. Posted by GringoGuy (Inactive 4 posts) 9y

http://www.gringoes.com/default.asp

Go to this link and join the forum. Forum members are gringos and Brazilians. All very helpful. You will be able to get all the info you need.

3. Posted by JillAnn (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

Hi DereK,

Where is your wife going to be in Brazil? In Rio there are plenty of pharmacies. I was a tour director in Rio for 6 years managing a travel program. I was living in two different hotels during that period, and any problems that I had health wise were resolved by asking the hotel staff -- who were always willing to go out of their way to call a doctor. Most hotels have a doctor who will even come to the hotel for a "house call". I remember having a stomach ache for some reason, meeting the owner of the hotel in the elevator and he immediately noted that I didn't look my usual chipper self --- and he went out of his way to get a doctor to come to the hotel. I think that this is an important aspect of Brazilian culture. People will go out of there way to help you there. So I think your wife and kids will be just fine.

You might also want to look into a type of traveler's medical service called Med Jet at www.medjet.com

Jill