Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Porto Velho - FIMCA
Pediatrics, Hematology and Hemotherapy
All Year
Host Family, Student Flat or Hospital
Host Family or Student Flat

Bring your own white coat and stethoscope. You have to respect Brazil's norm NR 32: do not use accessories, wear closed shoes and tie your hair.

Porto Velho is the capital of the Brazilian state of Rondônia, in the upper Amazon River basin. The population is 426,558 people (as of the IBGE 2010 census). Located on the border of Rondônia and the state ofAmazonas, the town is an important trading center for cassiterite, the mining of which represents the most important economic activity in the region, as well as a transportation and communication center. It is on the eastern shore of the Madeira River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River. It is also Rondônia's largest city, and the largest state capital of Brazil by area.

The municipality occupies most of the border between Amazonas and Rondônia, and is both the westernmost and northernmost city in the state.


State Department of Health - SESAU : Base Hospital Ari Pinheiro ( 368 beds) , Hospital and Emergency Room John Paul II (147 beds) , CEMETRON (89 beds) , Cosme Children's Hospital and Damian (59 beds) , Polyclinic Oswaldo Cruz ;

City of Porto Velho City Hall - Municipal Maternity Mother Hope (73 beds) and polyclinics , health stations, public health programs and health of the city's family.


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The host student or family will provide at least one meal per day / the hospital will provide it.

Our local meal consists in bread and coffee with wilk in the morning, and lunch and dinner with rice, red beans, some kind of meat (beef, eggs, chicken, pork or fish), vegetables and salad. Also, there are lots of italian, german, french and japanese culinary references.

The incomings are alocate in students flat house, family houses or republic houses, where students share a house and create a family bound. They will have their own bed and will be provided with one bathroom that can be shared or not, and internet acess, on the house or on the college.

Get to Porto Velho (RO) and travel around Brazil from there:
By plane- 
From Porto Velho there are several connections to mayor cities with TAM and GOL throughout the country as well as regional flights with smaller carriers such as Ocean Air, Rico and TAVJ. Azul flies direct non-stop from Belo Horizonte, so the best opition is to get a ticket for São Paulo or Rio and then get one to Porto Velho. 

By bus- From the bus station there are buses coming and going to most big cities in Brazil. Cuiabá is 24 hours away, Brasilia is 36 - 48 hours away, and São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro are about 60 hours. To the west the nearest big city is Rio Branco (ACRE), about 7 - 10 hours away, all depending on the type of bus service you buy.

The town of Guajará-Mirim on the border with Bolivia is five hours away, and from the small airport across the border there are flights to anywhere and everywhere in Bolivia.

There is a bus company called Transacreana, which buses go all the way to Recife, most know for its beaches, in the Atlantic coast, almost 5 thousand kilometers away. Tel.: (11) 6698-7399 and (61) 8402-8418.

Eucatur is the main line in this region with well equiped busses and staff.

By boat- There is a boat to Manaus (Amazonas) two-three times per week. Hammock class (bring your own hammock) is about 100 reais, a cabin 300, and a double cabin 350 reais. Prices are somewhat negotiable. Before booking a boat make sure to check the boat, captain and crew out and try to negotiate with them instead of one of the 3 or 4 agents at the entrance of the harbour. 

Getting around in Porto Velho: 
The public transport ticket costs 3,00 reais, and the itinerary can be consulted in here:


NFDP- A party with all incomings, where we exchange some typical local foods and drinks. At The Food and Drink party you get to try some Brazilian dishes and share with us your culture! Besides that in Porto Velho you can also find Clubs, Pubs, Bars.

There's a small promenade (Beira Rio) with a number of bars looking out over the Rio Madeira at the end of Av. 7 de Setembro. It is a nice place to watch the sun set.

Weekly Market Porto Velho hosts a lively weekly market, Feira Cai na Agua, turn left at the Clube da Ferrovia on 7 de Septembro. Starting as early as 5 A.M. on Sundays this is your opportunity to buy and taste good local flavors such as Acai, Tacaca, Vatapa, Tucupi Fish with spicy sauce. Lots of local fruit and vegetables, fresh caldo de cana (sugarcane juice) and Acai. Try the last one with guarana, banana and granola.


In the capital of Rondônia, Porto Velho, there is a farming expo called "Expovel" that attracts people from the whole state. This event occurs in the first week in June. During this week, there are many shows by famous musicians, a great variety of food, an exposition of cattle and an international Rodeo, with international competitors that is broadcast on world-wide television.

At the end of June, the biggest traditional party of the north region, "Arraial Flor do Maracujá", happens on Costa e Silva avenue, where there is an amusement park, and a competition of a traditional dances called "quadrilha," and regional foods.

In July there is the off-season carnival called "Maria Fumaça". This event offers three nights of parties with different attractions and is located on Jorge Teixeira avenue.

If you prefer to relax, just outside of Porto Velho there is a ranch called "Três capelas" which is located on Br 364 km 41, and costs R$ 320,00 for an overnight stay for two people. This price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. To pass the day costs R$ 40,00 per person including breakfast and lunch.

In Cacoal on the last Saturday of September, "Baile do Hawaii" takes place at a ranch called "Sítio do Nério" where the guests should attend wearing Hawaiian clothing. This city is located 476km from Porto Velho.


Bring your own white coat and stethoscope. You have to respect Brazil's norm NR 32: do not use accessories, wear closed shoes and tie your hair.

Be welcome to Rondonia!