Rio Branco was established in the 20th century and grew by the foot of the forest and by the hands of rubber tappers, along the margins of the Acre river. Besides being surrounded by nature, the capital of the state of Acre is full of parks and squares, such as Chico Mendes Environmental Park, an old rubber tapping site, now destined to residents’ leisure, and Parque da Maternidade (Maternity Park), which expresses the urban modernity of the city.
With a population of over 400 thousand people, Rio Branco is known for its proximity to other countries such as Peru and Bolivia. The result is a city with a mix of beliefs, customs, folklore and a unique cuisine. Rio Branco is a small city, clean, well-lit, modern, warm and welcoming, but, above all, it is a destination full of experiences that stem from the forest and the history of its people.
The city holds many cultural attractions. There you can visit the Memorial dos Autonomistas (Autonomists Memorial), which tells the history of Acre’s acquisition by Brazil, and Rio Branco Palace, which keeps a permanent exhibit about the history of the people in Acre, the palace’s construction and the native people’s culture.
Biblioteca da Floresta (Forest Library) is a special feature. The visitation includes a lecture on indigenous ethnicities in the Amazon region, forest sounds and even an accurate reproduction of a rubber tapper’s house.
Gastronomy in Northern Brazil
The city provides good lodging and entertainment options. You can visit the Old New Market, by the margins of the Acre river, full of bars and restaurants where you can buy kitchen and Northern handcraft items, in addition to trying typical dishes like tacaca and pirarucu de casaca.
Across the illuminated footbridge over the river, you find the Gameleira Boardwalk, with a great colorful flag of the state that can be seen from different points in the city. The colorful houses, from when the city was still a rubber tapping site, decorate the scenery and invite you to a peaceful stroll along the boardwalk.
Take the opportunity to try some of the Northern Brazilian delicacies. The flavors are unique, like tucupi, a broth made from manioc roots, and jambu, a leaf that numbs your tongue when you eat it. Cupuaçu, an Amazon fruit, is used in mousses, chocolate, ice creams and jams, and also can’t be left out of your list.
The Rio Branco Airport receives direct flights from Porto Velho, Manaus and Brasilia.
The closest international airport is Manaus, which has incoming flights from Miami, Lisbon, Panama City, Aruba and Curaçao.
The Rio Branco Bus Terminal receives bus lines form the city, other states and also from Peru. You can check the lines and the ticket prices before traveling.
BR-364, Via Verde km 125, Rio Branco, Acre State
+55 68 3221 3693
The urban plan of Rio Branco provided a good public transportation system. Check the city’s bus lines.
Rio Branco’s area code is 68.
Tourist Information Center: +55 68 3901 3029
Tourism and Leisure State Secretariat: +55 68 3901 3024 /+55 68 3901 3000
Rio Branco Urgency Hospital: +55 68 3223 3080
Hot weather and rain are present the whole year round. Wear sunscreen to avoid sunburns, and repellent to protect against mosquitoes.
The best period to visit Rio Branco is from May to October.
In order to enter Brazil, it is not mandatory to be vaccinated against any disease. However, it is recommended to vaccinate against yellow fever (transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito) before visiting Rio Branco. In case you haven’t been vaccinated, it is necessary to do so at least 10 days prior to your travel (this is not required if you have been vaccinated against this disease before).