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Parintins, Brazil

January 19, 2008

Parintins is a city in the stare of Amazonas, Brazil. The population is 109,150 and its area is 5,952 km2. Pantarins is known for a popular folklore festival held each year in June. Amazonas is the largest state of Brazil located in the northern part of the country.

Parintins lies along the bank of an island called Tupinambarana Island. It is a unique ecological zone and the largest group of fluvial islands in the world: islands created by the husky Amazon itself, as it flows around large deposits of sediment and rock washed down from the uplands of the Andes. Lush, forested areas dominate the islands, with relatively few towns and cities. Banana plantations and a wonderful variety of tropical animals share the verdant shores.

The city was founded in 1793, during the colonial expansion into the Amazon. Other than the church dedicated to St. Mary of Mount Carmel, there are few landmark buildings or important monuments here.

Although Parintins is touted as a great place to purchase souvenirs, we were warned with this sign as we left the ship. The reason is the infestation of bugs and diseases that may or not be in the souvenirs we might purchase. Consequently, we didn't buy anything.


Although we arrived at 9:00pm, we had to wait until morning to go ashore. The reason was that the river was fast and big logs were floating by. They could easily have pierced the shuttle craft that we had to go ashore with.

There are few motorized vehicles. The majority are motorcycles.


Instead of going to the festival show we decided to walk around the town. The first shop we encountered was one that featured stuffed and sculpted items.




We are always intrigued at how residents travel around their towns. While we were walking a motorcycle zipped by carrying a 2 -3 year old youngster sitting on the gas tank. His father was on the seat with his wife and infant behind.

This pyramidal shaped bush was actually stripped with yellow.

Just down the street we can see an open market. These people seem to be intrigued with sculptures of all sorts.

This looks so typical of scenes we see in the Caribbean. Open stalls that sell fruits, vegetables and meats.

At this stand the woman is cooking some sort of sausage for sale at a booth. Note the items for sale at the right side. The items are something Lynn grew up with -- Pig feet.

Cook these with sauerkraut -- yum.

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel is one of the few landmark buildings in the town.

Telephone booths look a lot different than what we are use to seeing. There was one on almost every street corner.

As we walked back to return to the ship we came upon a beautiful billboard. The artwork on it was stunning.

People who live here travel by water. The photos below illustrate their bussing system.

Another mode of travel is a bicycle taxi. In the case above, it is modified to carry packages.

When the bicycle is used to transport people, the sides are partially removed for easier entry and a seat with a short backrest is provided. Steering is done by using the drawbar as a handlebar.

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