Museum in Rio Branco

Museu da Borracha

The longtime Museum of Rubber was closed for renovation when we passed through, but is well-worth a second look for its fascinating history of rubber tapping in Acre. The museum's three rooms have displays ranging f…
Historic Building in Xapuri

Casa Chico Mendes

This simple wood house is where Chico Mendes lived with his family until his murder on the back steps in 1988. Tours include a graphic description of the moment he was shot, with bloodstains still on the walls. Acro…
Memorial in Rio Branco

Memorial dos Autonomistas

In its spiffy home on the main plaza, the Memorial dos Autonomistas has a permanent display on Acre’s battle for statehood, plus space for rotating art exhibits. It's also where José Guiomard dos Santos is buried; t…
Museum in Xapuri

Museu do Xapuri

This small but interesting museum tells how Xapuri, located at the confluence of two rivers, was once a major transport hub for rubber, nuts, wood and other products, and a favorite of Middle Eastern merchants peddl…
Market in Rio Branco

Mercado Velho

Not only a great place for a meal or that late-afternoon beer, Rio Branco’s refurbished riverside Mercado Velho is a favorite spot for city-sponsored cultural events, including live music, dance performances, poetry…
Historic Building in Rio Branco

Palacio Rio Branco

Acre’s first capital building, the imposing Palacio Rio Branco is now mostly a tourist attraction. A maze of interconnected rooms contain interesting and well-done displays on prehistoric artifacts, indigenous commu…
Cathedral in Rio Branco


Rio Branco's main cathedral has a single soaring bell tower and a long spacious nave.