03.19.2013 - 03.19.2013
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This riverside city of 50,000 is on an island in the longest archipelago of the mid-Amazon. Our tender ride to the floating port was piloted with care because of all the floating trees and vegetation in the river. This little bird is resting on a major pile-up of flood debris.
Guess what? It's raining in the rainforest! No reason not to venture forth! Hasta has conquered a Caiman - possibly the only one we will see.
A Pedi cab took us to the town's three major sites in the morning.
After lunch on the ship we tendered back to shore - the orange ship's tender is tied to a riverboat which is moored at the dock. Step from the tender through the riverboat, and unto the pier.
We were treated to a taste of Parintin's Boi-Bumba Festival.
These are the main characters of the three day event which is held in June each year. The Festival is the "marquis event" for Brazilians - apparently more important than Rio's Carnaval.
The Boi-Bumba (which means "Bull Dance") dance competition tells the story of an ancient legend about a cowboy, his woman, a bull, a farmer and a shaman.
Families all align themselves with the blue team or the red team in friendly competition, even painting their houses blue or red. The winning team is the one judged to be the most spectacular and fun-loving.
Our one hour glimpse of the energy and lavish costumes that characterize the competition exceeded our expectations!
The Festival is held in the outdoor stadium, the Bumbodromo, which holds 50,000 and is shaped like a bull's head. Really.