Despite being a major town in Bolivia’s northern frontier region, Riberalta sees very few foreign tourists. A crumbly place, it is pleasant enough, even if the only thing to do is watch the orange sunsets and circling motorcycles as you enjoy an açaí shake on the plaza. According to locals of both sexes, las riberalteñas are the most beautiful women in all of Bolivia – but they would say that, wouldn’t they?
Riberalta's claim to fame is that it's one of the world’s top Brazil-nut production sites. In fact, the local economy is entirely dependent on it. The other growing industry here is açaí. Those interested in agro-tourism can arrange tours to learn more about either. There are also several reserves on the periphery of town where you can observe wildlife.