So you missed Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro last week. No worries. Many residents, known as Cariocas, missed it as well, fleeing the tourist onslaught for vacation homes and more intimate Carnavals around Brazil. But the party never stops.
To Brazilians, the boats that chug up and down the Solimões River are the Greyhound buses of the Amazon: the only affordable way to visit relatives or travel on business.