The small town of BRASILÉIA is 220km and six hours by bus from Rio Branco; some buses now travel all the way from Rio Branco to Puerto Maldonado (ask at the Rio Branco rodoviária). If you're crossing the border you can see the Polícia Federal for your exit (or entry) stamp just before the river bridge at Assis Brasil. The office (daily 8am–5pm) is just to the right of the church as you head from the international border with Bolivia, at the bus terminal just to the left. If you have to stay the night, the Hotel Major, Rua Salinas 326 (upto R$40), is cheap and cheerful. Much better rooms, with air conditioning, are at Pousada Las Palmeiras, on Odilon Pratagi (Tel:68/3546-3281; R$71-120) or the Kador Hotel, Avenida Santos Dumont, Centro (Tel:68/3546-3206). You can change money at the Casa Castro, over the river on the road towards Assis Brasil.
ASSIS BRASIL is a further 110km beyond Brasiléia; from here it's a two-kilometre walk or taxi ride across the border to the small settlement of Iñapari in Peru and a further four hours by recently paved road to the city of Puerto Maldonado with several collective taxis daily. About twice a week there are direct buses all the way from Rio Branco to Puerto Maldonado.