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Amazon, Brazil

Strenuousness:

Moderate

NileGuide Expert tip:

Remember that Brazilian festivals, like celebrations of all kinds, tend to start late and go on until the early hours of the morning. Pace yourself by having a good afternoon nap and maybe not drinking too much too soon.

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Small city festivals
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There is a lot that goes on that is organized by Brazilians for Brazilians, including a whole series of small town festivals. There are a number of these the local authorities have done their best to boost the local economy by capitalizing on and celebrating whatever the local area produces most of. In Maués in November it's guaraná (there are also some lovely beaches), in Presidente Figueredo it's cupuaçú in either April or May, and there are two celebrations of fish: piranha in August and of tucunaré in September. Such festivals feature the local major agricultural product in just about every eatable and (fish excepted) potable combination, plus dances and competitions. Sometimes it's a bit rural and homemade, but that only adds to the fun. Barcelos is the centre of tropical aquarium fish export for Amazonia, and they too celebrate their major money-spinner. Don't worry, you won't have to try cardinal tetra stew, just enjoy the dances and bands and general air of fish-themed festivity. Meanwhile, in September, Itacoitiara hosts the Fecani (Festival da Canção de Itacoitiara), a three-day festival of popular and regionally-flavoured music, which is well worth a visit (but remember – you may be asked to dance…)



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