Carnival may be the highlight of the Brazilian festival season, but the Amazonian Boi Bumbá deserves just as much attention — if not more. Paul Sullivan shows us why.

Landing in Parintins

1. The small Amazonian town of Parintins is reached from Manaus via a 20-30 hour boat trip...or a one hour plane ride.


View of Parintins

2. The population of Parintins is 100,000. During the 3-day Boi Bumbá festival the population doubles as visitors arrive from all over Brazil, creating a colourful mix of local culture and burgeoning tourism.

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