Boi-Bumbá Festival

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Tens of thousands of people descend on Parantins on the last weekend of June for the Boi-Bumbá festival, an Amazonian version of the Northeast’s Bumba Meu Boi, and one of the Amazon’s largest parties. The festival centers on rivalry between two ‘clans,’ the Caprichoso, who dress all in blue, and Garantido, who dress in red. Parintins’ hotels are booked months in advance, but travelers can usually score hammock space on one of the hundreds of riverboats that head there from Manaus and elsewhere.

A five-night boat trip east from Manaus including transportation to and from Parantins and lodging aboard the boat (but no meals) costs around R$1000.