Tours in Cuiabá: The capital of Mato Grosso is an excellent travel option. We list which are the must-see attractions of Cuiabá for you to know

Did you know that, despite not being among the main tourist destinations, the capital of Mato Grosso is an excellent travel option? That's right. And to prove to you that it is worth traveling there, we prepared this post with 15 must-see attractions to visit in Cuiabá.

Museums, centuries-old churches and buildings from the colonial period make the historic center a great option for a cultural tour. Tree-lined and well-planned, the city also has several green areas.

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In addition, it has great restaurant options that serve the best of international and national cuisine, with emphasis on regional cuisine. And, to top it off, the city offers several bars that guarantee the excitement for those who enjoy the night.

Interested in knowing what the capital of Mato Grosso can offer you? So, check out, below, our tips on the must-see attractions of Cuiabá.

See what are the must-see attractions in Cuiabá

Historic center

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The Historic Center of Cuiabá preserves the architecture of the colonial period in its shops, museums and centuries-old churches. Therefore, walking through its streets is a very pleasant walk that helps to understand a little about the history of the city, so much so that the region was listed by the Institute of National Historic and Artistic Heritage (Iphan).

harbor waterfront

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Orla do Porto is a 1.3 km boardwalk along the Cuiabá River. Full of mansions with colorful facades, it is a great option for those who enjoy art, culture, good food and nightlife.

It is no wonder that Orla do Porto is one of the must-see attractions in Cuiabá. Recently revitalized, the area concentrates bars and restaurants, houses of culture and museums, shops and craft shops.

Museum of the Water Tank Hill

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For those who want to know more about the history of Cuiabá, the Museum of Morro da Caixa D'Água is the ideal place. Its collection consists of several photographs that tell how the development of the city took place. The unusual name comes from the fact that the museum is located in the space of the old water reservoir in the capital of Mato Grosso, founded in 1882.

Natural History Museum Casa Dom Aquino

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Another must-see attraction in Cuiabá is the Casa Dom Aquino Natural History Museum. The place has a permanent exhibition dedicated to archeology and paleontology, with fossils found in Mato Grosso.

Aimed at the education and preservation of archaeological and paleontological sites, the museum has guided tours by monitors who explain each exhibited piece. In addition, its surroundings are home to an orchidarium and a nursery for native plants.

Museum of Sacred Art

Mato Grosso

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Despite having a simple collection, the Museum of Sacred Art tells the history of Cuiabá from a religious perspective and is an important tourist spot in the city. It is located in the same building as the Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho Sanctuary and is open from Monday to Friday, from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Dispatch

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As we mentioned earlier, the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho is in the same location as the Museum of Sacred Art, so they can be visited together. Considered by many to be the most beautiful church in the city, the Sanctuary has an architecture inspired by the Cathedral of Notre Dame, in France, and a beautiful interior.

Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Benedict

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Two curiosities make Nossa Senhora do Rosário and São Benedito Church a special place to visit in Cuiabá. The first is the fact that it is the only church dedicated to two saints: Nossa Senhora do Rosário and São Benedito. 

The second curiosity is that the church has followed the city since its foundation. Built in 1730, the centenary congregation has simple architecture, but a very important meaning for the capital of Mato Grosso.

Tia Nair Park

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With 20 hectares, Tia Nair Park is one of the largest green areas in Cuiabá intended for leisure. Located in the Jardim Itália neighborhood, it has easy access for those coming from the center and other areas of the city. The place has a walking trail, zip line, pedal boat ride on the lagoon, amusement park, food court and public restrooms.

Mother Bonifacia Park

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Another great option for outdoor leisure, Parque Mãe Bonifácia is a beautiful green area, full of typical species of the Cerrado. In addition to being perfect for those traveling with children, it is a refuge for hot days in the city. The site has trails, a walking track, a children's playground and a lookout point.

Water park

Mato Grosso

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Located near the Administrative Political Center, Parque das Águas is one of the must-see attractions in Cuiabá. As the name says, the park has water fountains that form two beautiful shows: the Splash Zone, or water tunnel, and the Balé das Águas. Both take place nightly on site.

In addition, the park has a walking trail, bike lane, Paiaguás Lagoon and several gastronomic establishments that favor regional cuisine.

Chapada dos Guimaraes

chapada dos guiamarães

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Located 67 km from the capital of Mato Grosso, the Chapada dos Guimaraes is a place to discover from Cuiabá. This impressive place reserves unique experiences in the midst of exuberant nature. Among the options of what to do in Chapada dos Guimarães are visiting caves, bathing in crystal-clear rivers and waterfalls and contemplating breathtaking landscapes from viewpoints that reveal all the magnitude of the region.

Transpantaneira Highway

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The Transpantaneira Highway tour is one of the incredible experiences that Mato Grosso can offer. In its 150 km of extension, the road reveals several species of animals of the Brazilian flora, among them, several birds and reptiles, deer and even jaguars. The MT-060 connects the city of Poconé to Porto Jofre, on the border with Mato Grosso do Sul. 

Sesc Arsenal

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THE Sesc Arsenal It is a place for those who like art and culture. The place has a library, theater, art and cinema galleries, restaurant and bar. In addition, it hosts several cultural events. Therefore, it is one of the places to visit in Cuiabá.

Handicraft fair

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The traditional Handicraft Fair at Praça da República is among the best attractions in Cuiabá, especially for those who enjoy art and culture. In it, you can find a little bit of everything, from sacred reproductions to regional products, such as typical sweets and jams from Mato Grosso.

Municipal Aquarium

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Located next to the Rio Museum, the Municipal Aquarium of Cuiabá is a place dedicated to knowledge about the basins and fish of Mato Grosso do Sul. Overlooking the Cuiabá River, it is one of the most visited tourist spots in the city and cannot be left out of your itinerary.

There are so many must-see attractions to discover in Cuiabá that the city deserves to be part of your travel plans. It is worth visiting each of them and enjoying this incredible destination.

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