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Introducing Rio Branco

Rio Branco, the capital of Acre, was founded in 1882 by rubber-tappers on the banks of the Rio Acre. Once a brash, uneasy town, Rio Branco has transformed itself into a genuinely pleasant place, with several excellent cultural outlets and easy access to some interesting sites, including Xapuri, the hometown of the environmentalist Chico Mendes. Unfortunately for Rio Branco, few travelers make it here for the simple reason that it’s not on the way to or from anywhere travelers commonly go.