Acre’s cultural diversity is amazing. In Rio Branco, the state capital, it is also possible to experience unique natural beauty and socio-environmental tourism.
Rio Branco was first established in the 20th century. Its development took place on the edge of the forest as the work of local rubber tappers progressed along the banks of Acre River. In addition to being surrounded by nature, the capital of the State of Acre has lots of interesting parks and squares, such as the Chico Mendes Environmental Park, a former rubber tapping site that is now used by local residents for leisure activities, and the Maternity Park, which is a great example of city’s urban modernity.
With a population over 400,000 people, Rio Branco is known for its proximity to other countries, such as Peru and Bolivia. The result of this proximity is a wonderful combination of beliefs, customs, folklore, and unique cuisine. Small, clean, and well-lit, the city is modern, warm, and welcoming. But, above all, it is a destination in which visitors will have countless opportunities to experience the forest and learn about the history of its people.
Our Lady of Nazareth Mother Church, one of Rio Branco’s icons
Rio Branco has many cultural attractions. You can start with the Autonomists’ Memorial, in which there is a museum that details the acquisition of the state of Acre by the Brazilian government. Don’t forget the Rio Branco Palace, which hosts permanent exhibits on the history of the local people, the construction of the palace, and the culture of native indigenous peoples.
The Forest Library (Biblioteca da Floresta) is a special attraction. The visit includes a lecture on the indigenous ethnic groups in the Amazon region, a collection of forest sounds, and even an accurate copy of a typical rubber tapper’s home.
The city offers great options for accommodations and entertainment. If you visit the “New Old Market” (Novo Mercado Velho), on the banks of Acre River, you will discover that the place has many bars and restaurants where you can purchase local items such as kitchen utensils and handicrafts, and try typical dishes, such as tacacá soup and the famous dish pirarucu-in-a-tailcoat (pirarucu de casaca).
Across the illuminated footbridge over the river, you will find the Gameleira Boardwalk, where there is a huge state flag that can be seen from different locations in the city. The colorful houses, from when the city was still a rubber tapping site, decorate the scenery and make the boardwalk a wonderful place for a peaceful stroll.
Take the opportunity to try some of the local delicacies. Some of them are peculiar, such as tucupi, a sauce made from cassava roots, and jambu, a leaf that numbs your tongue when you eat it. And everyone must add cupuaçu to their list. It is a local fruit from the Amazon, and it is used in desserts, such as mousses, or served in chocolate bonbons. There is also cupuaçu ice cream and cupuaçu jam.
+55 (68) 3211-1000
The Rio Branco Airport operates domestic flights from most Brazilian capitals.
+55 (68) 3221-3693
The Rio Branco Bus Terminal operates intercity bus routes, interstate routes, and also an international route from Peru. You can check the routes and ticket prices before traveling.
The Rio Branco urban project has paved the way for good public transportation. Check the city’s bus routes.
As several local attractions are in the city center, walking is a great option. Tours around the parks can also be done on foot.
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A good way to get around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are a comfortable way to get around the city of Rio Branco.
Tourist Information Center:
+55 (68) 3901-3029
+55 (68) 3901-3024
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
The best period to visit the region and enjoy outdoor tourist activities is between the months of June and October.