Parintins Folkloric Festival

(Bumbódromo, Wikipedia)

Except for 3 days out of the year, Parintins is another quiet city in the middle of the Amazon forest. Ok…so maybe it isn’t any ol’ city since it is located on the Tupinambarana island, the second largest group of fluvial islands in the world (it used to be one giant island but four natural channels of water now run through it). The island is also known for the Sateré Mawé tribe who  are famous for their initiation rites ritual in which a soon-to-be warrior places his hand into a glove of angry ‘bullet’ ants…repeatedly.