In spite of its remote location, Rio Branco is a pleasant town with a good urban organization. Most modern public buldings are of interesting architecture, usually inspired by forest or native culture elements.
Acre lives in Brazilian popular culture as “the state that doesn’t exist”, as in a conspiratory theory. Nothing could be more unfair, given this was the one state in the federation that went through an armed struggle to become part of the country.
Acre also is the greenest state of Brazil, with over 50% of its territory protected somehow. As such, important figures on the national environmentalist movement, such as Chico Mendes or Marina Silva, come from here.
- 1 Rio Branco airport (RBR IATA). Has a handful of flights per day, most in the early hours. Direct destinations include Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre’s second city, Porto Velho, Manaus and Brasilia.
A city bus line connects the airport to the city center. Service runs hourly from 6AM to 11PM. The bus passes in front of the airport building, but there’s no stop there. To reach the bus stop, on leaving the building turn left and follow the road. However, given said bus stop is a bit remote, at night the bus drivers are kind enough to pick you up from the airport door.
The taxis operate on a rip-off fixed price of R$ 100 to anywhere in town. The drivers themselves might help to pool people so they share the ride cost. An Uber ride to town will cost around R$ 35, but there are few drivers in Rio Branco and the service is often unavailable.
The airport building is open 24 hr and it’s not uncommon for people to overnight there waiting for the city bus service to resume.