The poetic name pays homage to the constellation that dominates the Brazilian skies, the Southern Cross. But the city is in the middle of another national symbol captured in the colors of the flag: the Amazon Forest, on the margins of the Juruá river, in westernmost Brazil. The country’s newest national park is nearby, the Serra do Divisor (dividing range).
While the capital, Rio Branco, is closer to Bolivia, Cruzeiro do Sul is close to Peru and is one of Acre’s main economic hubs – whereby it is appropriately known as the “capital of the inlands.”
Like all authentic Amazonian cities, Cruzeiro do Sul can only be reached by air or river. The BR-364 highway is only passable during the dry season, from July to September. During the flood season, the Juruá river floods the lowlands.