The small village of Parintins on Tupinambarana Island is situated in the largest river archipelago of the mid-Amazon. Steeped in centuries-old Indian culture, this village is celebrates an annual “Boi Bumba” festival. The yearly folkloric festival, considered second only to Carnival in Rio, is held in June but the townspeople reenact the festival for visitors throughout the year.
Port:Parintins (Amazon River)
Parintins (Amazon River)
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Drive about the charming island city of Parintins visiting its landmarks, most of which revolve around its flamboyant annual folk festival.
Depart from the pier and before long you will begin passing through an unusual residential area where the houses are painted either red or blue. The red houses belong to residents who favor the Garantido bull in the city’s annual boi-bumba folk festival; the blue houses are for those who prefer the more capricious bull, known as Caprichoso. The symbol of the bull, which celebrates Parintins’ ranching roots, first gained prominence in 1913 when singers in bull costumes roamed the streets performing.
The epicenter of the festival is the Bumbodromo arena, which you will see is shaped like the head of a bull. The arena holds 35,000 people but Parintins’ population swells to more than four times that during the festival so imagine the spectacle throughout the city.
As you continue to drive through Parintins, you may notice public phone booths shaped like bullheads and an unexpectedly large number of vehicles painted red or blue. However, the new cathedral is refreshingly devoid of bull symbolism. You can’t miss its distinctive clock tower, which stands nearby as the city’s tallest structure.
Still, you can’t completely escape the influence of the boi-bumba festival. As a final stop, you will visit the factory where some of the huge, outlandish floats are being constructed for the next festival. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy walking/standing. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests due to lack of storage on the vehicles for wheelchairs. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests are advised that Parintins has a developing tourist infrastructure and therefore; tour options, qualified guides and availability of tour vehicles is limited. Your patience and understanding during your visit is appreciated.
Experience a taste of Amazonian folklore and festivity during this exclusive exhibit of the Boi-Bumba celebration. The people of Parintins exude a vibrant glow of beauty, happiness and pride in their culture as they carry on a part of their rich tradition that is rooted in a 19th-century fable.
Tender from the ship to the floating port and a short walk across the floating bridge will take you to the modern and full air-conditioned Parintins Convention Center, where a festive atmosphere awaits and a delicious caipirinha drink welcomes you as the air of excitement and anticipation rises. You will then be led to the seating area to enjoy this very special presentation.
With song and dance, the performers will celebrate the joy of life in a mesmerizing display of revelry. The captivating story of the Boi-Bumba will unfold before you, with the " Sinhazinha da Fazenda" and "Cunha-Poranga", two of the most beautiful performers; intriguing man-made bull - the "Paje" the medicine man of the tribe and many other actors of this enchanting tale. With colorful costumes and "Bumba" sounds this is truly a feast for eyes and ears.
At the conclusion of this traditional performance, you will have an opportunity to appreciate the lavishly designed costumes, and possibly meet the performers from the show. This spectacular performance is an event that should not be missed! Loud, rhythmic music can be expected.
You will return to the floating pier for the short tender trip back to your ship.
Please note: This tour is capacity controlled, as the venue holds 380 guests. There is an approximately 15 minute walk (approx. 500 meters) to get to and from the venue. There is no transport available to transfer guests so you must be able to walk up to 500 meters to reach the venue in order to participate in this tour. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have an able-bodied companion to assist them and there are wheelchair ramps at the venue. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The venue is air conditioned.