Parintins is a very small island, with lots of small shops and eateries. Over the years, there has also been some degree of commercialization. You can easily find internet cafes. The tallest building on the island is clearly the local cathedral. The best thing to do during the day time is to walk around. Most of the visitors prefer to sit down, get...more
One of the most interesting things to do in Parintins is to visit the "galpão" of the festival teams. The "galpão" is something like a warehouse where all material is built and stored during the year .There you can see the craftsmen working on the allegorys they will present in the Arena.more
This is clearly the thing to do during the three days of the carnival. Go early to find yourself a good spot in the stadium, called the Bumbódromo. It can seat about 30 thousand people, clearly divided into the Caprichoso side and the Garintido side. Please do not wear red and sit on the blue side of the stadium or vice versa. Every once in a...more
The main airport of the Amazonas State is situated in Manaus. Flights from other parts of Brazil including Santarem, Belem, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo as well as international flight from North America arrive here. Smaller aircraft serve the towns within Amazonas. Charter flights are also available. A TAM partner airline offers flights...more
You can get to Parintins either by plane or boat. Both options have their pros. If you have enough time, choose to take the two-day long boat trip to go from Manaus to Parintins and the plane to go back. The boat trip may be tiring, but you we see the forest from within and will have the opportunity of seeing many small villages in the branchs of...more
There are some shops and stalls on the roads of the island. They mostly sell the same things ... red and blue T- shirts, key chains, CDs with boi music, accesories like bracelets, earring, etc made with natural stuff found in the rainforest. Some of the stuff thats on sale, like blow-pipes, are fine pieces of art. They are decorated with dried seeds and the teeth of fishes.
What to buy: I bought some bracelets, and my friend Claudiomar bought a CD of boi music. Once you are back in the real world, take some time out to put on your head phones and listen to the music ... I swear it will take you right back to Boi Bumba .... and you will find yourself singing along .... meu boi, meu boi, meeeu boi :)
What to pay: its very cheap .. you can even bargain. i dont remember the actual prices
* Blue or red clothes, deppending on the group you want to support during the Festival.
* Sun hat and light clothes to endure the hot weather.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can find virtually anything in Parintins. Only be sure to bring with you any really particular medicine or personal object you may want to have at hands.
Photo Equipment: Films as readily available, but they will be much more expensive than in bigger cities. Bring with you if you can.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You will be able to swin in the river in some beachs around Parintins. Be prepared.
If your have to be in Parintins, be sure to be there in June. Even if you can attend to rehearsals every Saturday, performing some parts of the Festival, the party itself is an unforgetable experience. It always occurs in the 27th, 28th and 29th of June, no matter if it is during the weekend or not. This event can be easily compared to the famous Carnival in Rio in terms of exuberance and luxury. But the themes are much more focused on local things.
Fondest memory: The people in Parintins are really nice and welcoming. You will feel at home even if you don't speak a world in Portuguese. Be sure to include in the baggage some red or blue clothes to mix yourself within the crowds.