Fort in Rondônia

Forte Príncipe da Beira

Remote Forte Príncipe da Beira, beside the Rio Guaporé, 210km south of Guajará-Mirim, was constructed by the Portuguese between 1776 and 1783 to consolidate their hold on the lands east of the Guaporé and Mamoré aga…
Wildlife Reserve in Rondônia

Reserva Extrativista do Lago do Cuniã

This 558-sq-km reserve, created in 1999, lies 150km down the Rio Madeira from Porto Velho and is accessible only by river. It’s Rondônia’s largest fish-spawning ground (pirarucú and aruanã are among the species bree…
Wildlife Reserve in Rondônia

Reserva Extrativista Pedras Negras

About 240km upstream from Costa Marques, the Reserva Extrativista Pedras Negras has good opportunities for hiking, canoeing, and spotting rare orchids, macaws, toucans, caimans, deer and river dolphins. There are al…
National Park in Rondônia

Parque Nacional de Pacaás Novos

This rugged, 7648-sq-km national park includes Rondônia’s highest peak, Pico do Tracoá (1230m), and some spectacular waterfalls. Fauna includes rarely seen jaguars, tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys and rare b…
Historic Site in Porto Velho

Estrada de Ferro Madeira–Mamoré

Right on prime waterfront, the massive warehouses and rusting trains at this historic railyard would make an ideal home for hip bars and restaurants, museums and galleries, and shady walkways, not unlike Belém's exc…
Cathedral in Guajará-Mirim


Guajará-Mirim's main cathedral is oddly huge, with twin bell towers rising high above the stark flat street level. It's muscular rather than beautiful.
Museum in Guajará-Mirim

Museu Histórico Municipal

This sad little museum includes stuffed and pickled animals, random photographs and a handful of indigenous artifacts. Too bad they don't focus on the one thing that's actually historic here: the Madeira–Mamoré rail…
Cathedral in Porto Velho


Porto Velho's unremarkable main cathedral is rather lacking in upkeep but otherwise dominates downtown Porto Velho's skyline.