The capital Porto Velho is not usually remembered by tourists when deciding on a new destination, but the city can surprise you. Leaning against the Madeira River, the main attraction of the city, it is possible to take pleasant boat trips to the Santo Antônio rapids.

Enjoy the green areas of the city. In Praça das 3 Caixas D'água is the main postcard of the city, three huge reservoirs that supplied the city until 1957. In a short walk it is possible to visit some famous buildings in the capital, such as the Cathedral Sagrado Coração de Jesus and the Getúlio Vargas Palace.

Starting from Porto Velho, going down the Madeira River, you reach the Extractive Reserve of Lago do Cuniã, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Amazon. It is a region full of streams, which cross flooded fields and forests where the fauna of the region is concentrated, especially water birds, caimans and fish such as pirarucu, the largest in the amazon.

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Madeira Mamore Railway Museum

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Rondônia houses several pieces and wagons of the old Madeira-Mamoré Railroad, including the Maria Fumaça, a steam engine that was part of the complex.

Andre Pessoa

Photo: André Pessoa

Madeira Mamoré Railway

There are 364 km of railroad built between 1907 and 1912, which became famous for the boldness of the undertaking at the time. It was the main mode of transport many years ago, before frequent plane flights.


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Mamore River

It aggregates the most important hydrographic basin in Rondônia, connecting the capital to Belém and Manaus, having, therefore, economic importance for the export of grains in the region.

Rafael CS

photo: Rafael CS

Square of the Three Water Tanks

Located in the center of the city, the three water tanks that were brought from the USA and installed in 1912 are also known as "three marias", they are a symbol for Porto Velho, and at the same time a tourist monument of pride for the city.

Three Water Tanks Square, Porto Velho. Photo - Saimon RIO

Photo: Saimon Rio

Other tourist attractions in Porto Velho:

  • Cultural Market
  • Getulio Vargas Palace
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral
  • Chapel of Saint Anthony of Padua
  • House of Culture Ivan Morocco
  • Geological Museum
  • International Nativity Museum

How to get:

By airplane
Porto Velho Governador Jorge Teixeira de Oliveira International Airport receives daily flights from the main Brazilian capitals.

By car
From Cuiabá: 1458km via BR-364 and BR-174.
From Manaus: 887km via BR-319.
From Rio Branco: 504km via BR-364.

By bus
The city receives daily buses from several Brazilian capitals. For up-to-date information on which companies operate to Porto Velho, it is worth calling the bus station.
Porto Velho Bus Station
Tel: (69) 3222-2233

Of boat
The city receives boats from Manaus and other cities in the interior of Rondônia and Amazonas.


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