Acre is one of the 27 states of Brazil. The intense extractive activity, which reached its height in the 20th century, attracted Brazilians from many regions to the state. From the mixture of sulista, paulista, nordestino, and indigenous traditions arose a diverse cuisine, which unites sun-dried meat (carne-de-sol) with pirarucu, a typical fish of the region. Such dishes are seasoned with tucupi, a sauce made from manioc.
Fluvial transport, concentrated on the Juruá and Moa rivers, in the western part of the state, and the Tarauacá and Envira Rivers in the northwest, is the principal form of circulation, especially between November and June, when the rain leaves the BR-364 impassable, which connects Rio Branco to Cruzeiro do Sul.
It is situated in the southwest of the Northern Region, bordering Amazonas to the north, Rondônia to the east, Bolivia to the southeast and the Ucayali Region of Peru to the south and west. It occupies an area of 152,581.4 km2. Practically all of the terrain of the state of Acre is part of the low sandstone plateau, or terra firme, morphological unit which dominates most of the Brazilian Amazon. These terranes rise, in Acre, from the southeast to the northeast, with very tabular topography in general. In the extreme west is found the Serra da Contamana or Serra do Divisor, along the western border, with the highest altitudes in the state (609 metres).
The climate is hot and very humid, and the monthly average temperatures vary between 24 °C and 27 °C, being the lowest average of the North Region. The rainfall reaches an annual total of 2,100 mm, with a clear dry season in the months of June, July, and August.
Rio Branco-Plácido de Castro International Airport (RBR) offers flights to/from Belém, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Santarém, São Luís, Belo Horizonte, Cuiabá, Manaus, Porto Velho, Sao Paulo, Feijó and Tarauacá.
There are flights between Rio Branco and Cruzeiro do Sul, as well as some smaller airports.
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