Parintins as Seen From the Ship
Parintins, Brazil Information
Language and Currency
What is Parintins Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese and the currency is the Brazilian Real. However, U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Be sure to have an ample supply of small bills to make exact change.
Bois Bumba Dancer
Parintins is a large city with a population of over 100,000 people. It is the site of the annual Bois Bumbas festival that takes place from June 12th every year. The festival is said to be second only to Carnival in Rio and is heavily attended by locals and visitors alike. Cruise ships call here and passengers are invited to attend a folkloric presentation of some of the elements of the festival. While the performance is entertaining, there are limited other sights in Parintins
Parintins enjoys tropical weather year around with temperatures between 75 and 90 degrees. It can be hot and humid. Be sure to take lots of sunscreen and wear a hat and limit your time in the direct sun based on the amount of exposure that you have had prior to arriving in Parintins. Parintins receives a good amount of rain year around, so having a small umbrella is advisable
Docked in Parintins
Cruise ships dock right in downtown Parintins. It is an easy walk off the ship and into town. Most cruise ships are met by Bumba dancers and a very exciting welcome that may include fireworks.
Bumba Dancers Meet You at the Dock
Shopping Right Off the Ship
The best shopping for tourists is located right outside the port. Simply walk off the ship and off of the pier and you will see a flea market selling everything under the sun.
The downtown area offers quite a bit of shopping, but it primarily serves the locals rather than the tourists. Note that there are several pharmacies if you are in need of any medicine.
The Floating Market
Also, the area around the floating market is quite colorful and interesting. It is well worth a visit.
Masks and Trinkets
Jewelry and Bead Work
Paintings, Wood Carvings, Lace and More
There is good shopping opportunities around the pier both in the kiosks and the local craft and artisan shops. There is a great selection of Amazonian paintings in the Artisan Shop, as well as mahogany wood carvings.
Take a Tour of Parintins on a Pedicab
If you are going to the folkloric presentation, you should also take a pedicab tour of the town of Parintins. It is quite inexpensive and it will give you a great lay-of-the-land.
The tour will take you by the BumboDromo where the annual Bois Bambas festival is held. There is seating for 35,000 and it lasts only 3-days. This is the only purpose for the BumboDromo.
The Cathedral in Parintins
It also take you by a very unique park, the Floating Market, a large church in the downtown area and this Cathedral that fronts the ocean. It is very well worth the investment of money and time to do it.
Boi Bumba Folk Show
Your cruise ship will also offer the Boi Bumba Folk Shore shore excursion. This is a one-hour show with the flavor of the main festival. Extensive costumes, dancing, singing and the story of the bull is told. If you are into folkloric dancing and singing, don't miss it.
Just exploring Parintins can be fun as the residents are very friendly and parts of it are very colorful.
More Downtown Shopping
If you like folkloric shows then enjoying the Boi Bumba show would be a great jchoice.
No. In fact, just about every cruise line suggest that you eat on the ship in Parintins. From what I saw, I would too.