Surrounded by tropical forests that are home to amazing wildlife, Rio Branco has a remarkable history. The city has countless options for visitors who want to discover the flavors of the Amazon.
Brazil is not only a continental country in terms of territory. It is also colossal in terms of cultural diversity, accents, habits, and history. And Rio Branco is the city that best symbolizes these qualities.
The capital city in the state of Acre is the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest and to amazing tourist and leisure activities. Local cuisine is remarkable and plays an important role in conveying the local diversity, which will fascinate all the visitors.
A typical local dish in Rio Branco
When in Rio Branco, make sure you drop by the Novo Mercado Velho (New Old Market), located on the bank of Acre River. It is the perfect spot to try some of the local cuisine, especifically a dish called tacacá, a type of dried-shrimp soup made with local ingredients. Another popular dish is called pirarucu de casaca (pirarucu-in-a-tailcoat). The dish has indigenous origins, and its ingredients, organized in layers, include the pirarucu fish, cassava flour, plantains, and several spices.
But if you really want to experience some of the indigenous culture in the state, you really have to try some tucupi, a sauce made from cassava roots, and some jambu, a leaf that numbs your tongue when you eat it. And let’s not forget the local fruit called cupuaçu. It is a fruit native to 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.
Can you imagine having some of these delicious typical dishes while marveling at the amazing Amazon Rainforest? Well, now that you know a little bit about the flavors and traditions in the capital city of Acre, it’s time to start planning your culinary tour of the state.
+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.