Parintins city was founded in 1793. Its people present an artistic expression recognized worldwide due to their folklore festival. The city has a population of more than 100,000 people in an area of 7.069 km². It is situated on the right riverbank of Amazonas River on Tupinambarana Island.
The relief of area consists of flood plains and highlands (covered by forests), lakes, islands, and a small ridge mountain that sets the border between Amazonas and Pará states.
Parintins is situated 420 km from Manaus, the most used transportation way by the local population is regional boats by river with accommodations in hammocks, cabins or suites. The trip on the Amazonas River from Manaus takes 15 hours going downstream (Manaus-Parintins) and 27 hours going upstream (Parintins-Manaus). While by plane, the trip takes 1 hour.
The Parintins Mountain Ridge is 152 meters high and surrounded by luxurious dense vegetation rich in fauna and flora. The beautiful Valéria Lake situated alongside the mountain is considered as the entrance door to ecological tourism in Amazonas state.
Uaicurapá River has receding water period from July through February, when beautiful river beaches appear with white sand and dark waters. Close by, the tourist can enjoy the islands of the Pacoval (banana plantation), the Onças (jaguars) and the Guaribas (howler monkeys).
The Folklore Festival is considered the largest cultural manifestation in Brazil. From June 12th, the June’s celebrations begin with presentation of Folkloric Groups in school yards, Cultural and Spots Arena. The Parintins Cultural Arena, called “Bumbódromo”, was built in the shape of a bull’s head with a seating capacity of 35,000 spectators.
The typical dances like “Quadrilhas”, “Cordões de Pássaros”, “Xaxados”, and stylized “Bois-Bumbás” arrived here via migration movement from the Northeast of Brazil. The competition of “Bois de Parintins” occurs at the last weekend of June (use to be on June, 25th) with a dispute between “Bois-Bumbás” Caprichoso and Garantido. Which, here in the North, take on their own characteristics with indigenous culture.