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.